Handheld Game Consoles

Handheld game consoles are a form of portable video gaming that can be carried and played without the need for an additional screen or stationary setup. In order to be truly mobile entertainment options, handheld consoles integrate built-in screens, controls, and speakers within the handheld unit and can often be augmented with additional optional accessories and add-ons. Popularized by Nintendo’s release of the standalone Game Boy console in 1989, handheld game consoles continue to be reinvented and improved with greater capabilities including internet connectivity, higher resolution displays, touchscreens, and can even double as hybrid home consoles—as demonstrated by the Nintendo Switch.

What is the best-selling handheld game console in history?

Nintendo has long dominated the handheld gaming industry with both its best selling Nintendo DS line at 154 million units sold, and the original Game Boy and Game Boy Color lines at 118.7 million units sold worldwide. The Nintendo DS is the 2nd most sold console behind Sony’s PlayStation 2 console, with the Game Boy and Game Boy color at 3rd place all time.

What is the best-selling handheld game of all time?

Nintendo’s original Game Boy handheld game console boasts many titles that compete for the best-selling game, with the standalone Tetris (1989) selling 35 million units, while Pokémon Red/Blue/Green/Yellow (1996) sold a total of 47.5 million units combined. Pokémon Gold/Silver comes in 3rd place having sold 23.1 million units on the Game Boy Color.

What is the best handheld game console?

Because the competition in the handheld gaming market has long been dominated by Nintendo’s line of consoles and games, the current Nintendo Switch is easily the best handheld game console on the market. Offering both the Nintendo Switch hybrid console and the Nintendo Switch Lite for purely handheld experiences, the Nintendo Switch lineup offers the best graphics, gameplay, and library options for handheld gaming today.

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Game Boy

The Game Boy is an 8-bit handheld gaming console developed by Nintendo. It is the first handheld device in the Game Boy family and was released between 1989 and 1990 around the world. This was Nintendo’s second handheld gaming console and features a green dot matrix screen with adjustable contrast, five control buttons, two game buttons, and a single speaker with an adjustable volume dial. The Game Boy is available in the colors grape, teal, kiwi, berry, dandelion, atomic purple, and neotones ice. The Game Boy was sold individually or bundled with a game like Super Mario Land or Tetris. The Game Boy was discontinued in 2003.

The Game Boy has a height of 5.8” (148 mm), width of 3.5” (90 mm), depth of 1.3” (32 mm), and approximate weight of 7.76 oz (.22 kg). The display size of the Game Boy is 2.6” (66 mm) with a resolution of 160 x 144 px.

Dimensioned drawings of the Game Boy with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
The Game Boy is an 8-bit handheld gaming console developed by Nintendo. It is the first handheld device in the Game Boy family and was released between 1989 and 1990 around the world. This was Nintendo’s second handheld gaming console and features a green dot matrix screen with adjustable contrast.

The Game Boy has a height of 5.8” (148 mm), width of 3.5” (90 mm), depth of 1.3” (32 mm), and approximate weight of 7.76 oz (.22 kg). The display size of the Game Boy is 2.6” (66 mm) with a resolution of 160 x 144 px.

Dimensioned drawings of the Game Boy with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
Game Boy
Height:
5.8” | 148 mm
Width:
3.5” | 90 mm
Length:
Depth:
1.3” | 32 mm
Display Size
2.6” | 66 mm
Resolution
160 x 144 px
Weight:
7.76 oz | .22 kg
Area:
Designer
Nintendo
Year
1989-2003

Drawings include:
Game Boy front elevation, top, side

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Game Boy Advance (GBA)

The Game Boy Advance is 32-bit handheld gaming console developed by Nintendo. It is the successor to the Game Boy Color. The Game Boy Color was released in 2001 and is a sixth-generation gaming console. It originally did not have an illuminated screen, but Nintendo later incorporated it into the design. The Game Boy Advance offered portable entertainment with a classic design, had a headphone jack, used a pair of AA batteries. The Game Boy Advance was available in the colors Artic, Black, Orange, Fuchsia, Glacier, and Indigo. Later additional colors were released. The Game Boy Advance was discontinued in 2006.

The Game Boy Advance (GBA) has a height of 3.2” (82 mm), width of 5.7” (144 mm), depth of .96” (24.5 mm), and approximate weight of 4.94 oz (.14 kg). The display size of the Game Boy Advance (GBA) is 2.9” (74 mm) with a resolution of 240 x 160 px.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Game Boy Advance (GBA) measured with height, width, and depth
The Game Boy Advance is 32-bit handheld gaming console developed by Nintendo. It is the successor to the Game Boy Color. The Game Boy Color was released in 2001 and is a sixth-generation gaming console. The Game Boy Advance was discontinued in 2006.

The Game Boy Advance (GBA) has a height of 3.2” (82 mm), width of 5.7” (144 mm), depth of .96” (24.5 mm), and approximate weight of 4.94 oz (.14 kg). The display size of the Game Boy Advance (GBA) is 2.9” (74 mm) with a resolution of 240 x 160 px.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Game Boy Advance (GBA) measured with height, width, and depth
Game Boy Advance (GBA)
Height:
3.2” | 82 mm
Width:
5.7” | 144 mm
Length:
Depth:
.96” | 24.5 mm
Display Size
2.9” | 74 mm
Resolution
240 x 160 px
Weight:
4.94 oz | .14 kg
Area:
Designer
Nintendo
Year
2001-2010

Drawings include:
Game Boy Advance front elevation, top, side

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Nintendo Switch
Dimensioned drawings of the Nintendo Switch Dock with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation

The Nintendo Switch is a video game console released by Nintendo on March of 2017.  Its design features a hybrid console that can be a home console or portable device. It is runs on the Nintendo Switch Operating system and is an eight-generation gaming console. Nintendo Switch games and software are available on both physical and digital forms. The Nintendo Switch incorporates three different gaming modes in 1 device – tv mode, tabletop mode, and handheld mode. Through the different modes of use Nintendo aimed for the Nintendo Switch to reach a wider demographic of video game players. The Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons are available in a wide range of colors.

The Nintendo Switch has a height of 4.01” (102 mm), width of 9.40” (239 mm), and total depth of 1.13” (28.7 mm). The Nintendo Switch Dock has a height of 4..09” (104 mm), width of 6.81” (173 mm), and depth of 2.12” (53.8 mm) resulting in a total docked height of 4.88" (124 mm).

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Nintendo Switch measured with height, width, depth and screen resolution
The Nintendo Switch is a video game console released by Nintendo on March of 2017. Its design features a hybrid console that can be a home console or portable device. It is runs on the Nintendo Switch Operating system and is an eight-generation gaming console.

The Nintendo Switch has a height of 4.01” (102 mm), width of 9.40” (239 mm), and total depth of 1.13” (28.7 mm). The Nintendo Switch Dock has a height of 4..09” (104 mm), width of 6.81” (173 mm), and depth of 2.12” (53.8 mm) resulting in a total docked height of 4.88" (124 mm).

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Nintendo Switch measured with height, width, depth and screen resolution
Nintendo Switch
Height:
4.01” | 102 mm
Width:
9.40” | 239 mm
Length:
Depth:
.547” | 13.9 mm; 1.13” | 28.7 mm (Total)
Resolution (Max)
1920 x 1080 px
Weight:
.88 lb | .4 kg
Area:

Screen Resolution: 1280 x 720 px
Screen Size: 6.2” | 15.7 cm

Dock Height: 4.09” | 104 mm
Dock Width: 6.81” | 173 mm
Dock Depth: 2.12” | 53.8 mm

Storage
Designer
Nintendo
Release
2017

Drawings include:
Nintendo Switch front elevation, top, side, front (dock), side (dock), top (dock)

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New Nintendo 3DS

The New Nintendo 3DS, the fourth system of the Nintendo 3DS family of handheld consoles, was released in September of 2015. Changes in design and new features included: colored face buttons, face recognition, additional control options, a screen size 1.2 times bigger than its predecessor, and an improved 3D image quality due to an added feature called “Super Stable 3D.” Production ended for the New Nintendo 3DS in July 2017 leading up to the release of the Nintendo 2DS XL.

The New Nintendo 3DS has a closed height of 3.17” (80.6 mm), open height of 5.89” (149.5 mm), width of 5.59” (142 mm), depth of .85” (21.6 mm), and approximate weight of 8.82 oz (.25 kg). The upper display size of the New Nintendo 3DS is 3.5” (88.9 mm) with a resolution of 400 x 240, while the lower size is 3.02” (76.7 mm) with a resolution of 320 x 240 px.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the New Nintendo 3DS measured with height, width, and depth
The New Nintendo 3DS, the fourth system of the Nintendo 3DS family of handheld consoles, was released in September of 2015. Changes in design and new features included: a screen size 1.2 times larger and improved 3D image quality due to an added feature called “Super Stable 3D.”

The New Nintendo 3DS has a closed height of 3.17” (80.6 mm), open height of 5.89” (149.5 mm), width of 5.59” (142 mm), depth of .85” (21.6 mm), and approximate weight of 8.82 oz (.25 kg). The upper display size of the New Nintendo 3DS is 3.5” (88.9 mm) with a resolution of 400 x 240, while the lower size is 3.02” (76.7 mm) with a resolution of 320 x 240 px.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the New Nintendo 3DS measured with height, width, and depth
New Nintendo 3DS
Height:
3.17” | 80.6 mm (Closed); 5.89” | 149.5 mm (Open)
Width:
5.59” | 142 mm
Length:
Depth:
.85” | 21.6 mm
Display Size
3.5” | 88.9 mm (Upper); 3.02” | 76.7 mm (Lower)
Resolution
400 x 240 px (Upper); 320 x 240 px (Lower)
Weight:
8.82 oz | .25 kg
Area:
Designer
Nintendo
Year
2015

Drawings include:
New Nintendo 3DS front elevation (open), front (closed), top, side

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PlayStation Portable (PSP)

The PlayStation Portable is a handheld game console developed by Sony. The PlayStation Portable was first released in Japan on December 12, 2004 and in North America on March 24, 2005. It is the first handheld device in the PlayStation line of gaming consoles and is a seventh-generation gaming console. The PlayStation Portable is the competitor to the Nintendo DS. The PSP offers entertainment on the go for the active gamer. The PlayStation Portable has the same keys and controls than the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 making it familiar to fans all over the world. The PlayStation Portable was discontinued in 2014.

The PlayStation Portable (PSP) has a height of 2.9” (74 mm), width of 6.7” (170 mm), depth of .9” (23 mm), and approximate weight of 9.88 oz (.28 kg). The display size of the PlayStation Portable is 4.3” (109.2 mm) with a resolution of 480 x 272 px.

Dimensioned drawings of the PlayStation Portable (PSP) with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
The PlayStation Portable is a handheld game console developed by Sony. The PlayStation Portable was first released in Japan on December 12, 2004 and in North America on March 24, 2005. It is the first handheld device in the PlayStation line of gaming consoles and is a seventh-generation console.

The PlayStation Portable (PSP) has a height of 2.9” (74 mm), width of 6.7” (170 mm), depth of .9” (23 mm), and approximate weight of 9.88 oz (.28 kg). The display size of the PlayStation Portable is 4.3” (109.2 mm) with a resolution of 480 x 272 px.

Dimensioned drawings of the PlayStation Portable (PSP) with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
PlayStation Portable (PSP)
Height:
2.9” | 74 mm
Width:
6.7” | 170 mm
Length:
Depth:
.9” | 23 mm
Display Size
4.3” | 109.2 mm
Resolution
480 x 272 px
Weight:
9.88 oz | .28 kg
Area:
Designer
Sony
Year
2005-2014

Drawings include:
PlayStation Portable (PSP) front elevation, top, side

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