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.

Handheld Game Consoles Guides
Browse through our curated Handheld Game Consoles Guides for additional categorizations, tips, details, variations, styles, and histories of Handheld Game Consoles. Guides provide additional insights into the unique properties and shared relationships between elements.

Handheld Game Consoles

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5.8” | 148 mm
3.5” | 90 mm
1.3” | 32 mm
7.76 oz | .22 kg
1989-2003
Game Boy
14.800
9.000
32.000
0.220
1989.00
23000
3D
Game Boy
3.2” | 82 mm
5.7” | 144 mm
.96” | 24.5 mm
4.94 oz | .14 kg
2001-2010
Game Boy Advance
8.200
14.400
24.500
0.140
2001.00
19000
3D
Game Boy Advance
3.17” | 80.6 mm (Closed); 5.89” | 149.5 mm (Open)
5.59” | 142 mm
.85” | 21.6 mm
8.82 oz | .25 kg
2015
New Nintendo 3DS
14.950
14.200
21.600
0.250
2015.00
11000
3D
New Nintendo 3DS
3.68” | 93.5 mm (Closed); 6.81” | 173 mm (Open)
6.3” | 160 mm
.85” | 21.5 mm
11.64 oz | .33 kg
2015
New Nintendo 3DS XL
17.300
16.000
21.500
0.330
2015.00
8300
3D
New Nintendo 3DS XL
5” | 127 mm
5.66” | 144 mm
.8” | 20.3 mm
9.2 oz | .26 kg
2013
Nintendo 2DS
12.700
14.400
20.300
0.260
2013.00
32000
3D
Nintendo 2DS
3.4” | 86.4 mm (Closed); 6.4” | 162.6 mm (Open)
6.3” | 160 mm
.85” | 21.5 mm
9.2 oz | .26 kg
2017
Nintendo 2DS XL
16.260
16.000
21.500
0.260
2017.00
20000
3D
Nintendo 2DS XL
3.33” | 84.7 mm (Closed); 6.3” | 160 mm (Open)
5.85” | 148.7 mm
1.13” | 28.9 mm
9.7 oz | .275 kg
2004-2013
Nintendo DS
16.000
14.870
28.900
0.275
2004.00
76000
3D
Nintendo DS
2.9” | 74 mm (Closed); 5.47” | 139 mm (Open)
5.2” | 133 mm
.85” | 21.5 mm
7.7 oz | .218 kg
2006-2014
Nintendo DS Lite
13.900
13.300
21.500
0.218
2006.00
17000
3D
Nintendo DS Lite
4.01” | 102 mm
9.40” | 239 mm
.547” | 13.9 mm; 1.13” | 28.7 mm (Total)
.88 lb | .4 kg
2017
Nintendo Switch
10.200
23.900
2.870
0.400
2017.00
2100000
3D
Nintendo Switch
3.58” | 91 mm
8.18” | 208 mm
.55” | 14 mm; 1.12” | 28.4 mm (Full)
9.77 oz | .277 kg
2019
Nintendo Switch Lite
9.100
20.800
28.400
0.277
2019.00
241000
3D
Nintendo Switch Lite
2.9” | 74 mm
6.7” | 170 mm
.9” | 23 mm
9.88 oz | .28 kg
2005-2014
PlayStation Portable
7.400
17.000
23.000
0.280
2005.00
86700
3D
PlayStation Portable
5.3” | 13.5 cm
10.2” | 25.9 cm
1.6” | 40.6 mm; 1.98” | 50.2 mm (Total)
17.3 oz | .49 kg
2012
Wii U GamePad
13.500
25.900
5.020
0.490
2012.00
11000
3D
Wii U GamePad
Nintendo 2DS XL

The Nintendo 2DS XL, the sixth system of the Nintendo 3DS family, was released in July of 2017. It features an 82% bigger screen than that of the other 2DS systems, an easy fold design, and compatible gaming (can play Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS games).

Unlike the Nintendo 2DS, the Nintendo 2DS XL includes a C stick and ZL/ZR buttons as well as a power saving mode. In basic summary, it is the combination of the 2DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL made more ergonomically and aesthetically. The Nintendo 2DS XL is still in worldwide production as of 2020.

The Nintendo 2DS XL has a closed height of 3.4” (86.4 mm), open height of 6.4” (162.6 mm), width of 6.3” (160 mm), depth of .85” (21.5 mm), and approximate weight of 9.2 oz (.26 kg). The upper display size of the Nintendo 2DS XL is 4.88” (124 mm) with a resolution of 400 x 240, while the lower size is 4.18” (106.2 mm) with a resolution of 320 x 240 px.

Collection of drawings of the Nintendo 2DS XL with height, width, and depth dimensions
The Nintendo 2DS XL, the sixth system of the Nintendo 3DS family, was released in July of 2017. It features an 82% bigger screen than that of the other 2DS systems, an easy fold design, and compatible gaming (can play Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS games).

The Nintendo 2DS XL has a closed height of 3.4” (86.4 mm), open height of 6.4” (162.6 mm), width of 6.3” (160 mm), depth of .85” (21.5 mm), and approximate weight of 9.2 oz (.26 kg). The upper display size of the Nintendo 2DS XL is 4.88” (124 mm) with a resolution of 400 x 240, while the lower size is 4.18” (106.2 mm) with a resolution of 320 x 240 px.

Collection of drawings of the Nintendo 2DS XL with height, width, and depth dimensions
Nintendo 2DS XL
Height:
3.4” | 86.4 mm (Closed); 6.4” | 162.6 mm (Open)
Width:
6.3” | 160 mm
Length:
Depth:
.85” | 21.5 mm
Display Size
4.88” | 124 mm (Upper); 4.18” | 106.2 mm (Lower)
Resolution
400 x 240 px (Upper); 320 x 240 px (Lower)
Weight:
9.2 oz | .26 kg
Area:
Designer
Nintendo
Year
2017

Drawings include:
Nintendo 2DS XL front elevation (open), front (closed), top, side

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Nintendo DS

The Nintendo DS is a dual-screen handheld gaming console developed by Nintendo. The device was released globally from 2004 to 2005 and is a seventh-generation gaming device. The DS in the name stands for ‘developers’ system’ or ‘dual screen’. It features that ability to connect multiple DS devices to interact with one another over WiFi within a short range. The Nintendo DS is a competitor to Sony’s PlayStation Portable. The Nintendo DS was marketed as a ‘third pillar’ to complement the Game Boy Advance and GameCube. The Nintendo DS is available in 9 color finishes. The Nintendo DS was discontinued in 2013.

The Nintendo DS has a closed height of 3.33” (84.7 mm), open height of 6.3” (160 mm), width of 5.85” (148.7 mm), depth of 1.13” (28.9 mm), and approximate weight of 9.7 oz (.275 kg). The display size of the Nintendo DS is 3” (77 mm) with a resolution of 256 x 192 px.

Collection of drawings of the Nintendo DS with height, width, and depth dimensions
The Nintendo DS is a dual-screen handheld gaming console developed by Nintendo. The device was released globally from 2004 to 2005 and is a seventh-generation gaming device. The DS in the name stands for ‘developers’ system’ or ‘dual screen’.

The Nintendo DS has a closed height of 3.33” (84.7 mm), open height of 6.3” (160 mm), width of 5.85” (148.7 mm), depth of 1.13” (28.9 mm), and approximate weight of 9.7 oz (.275 kg). The display size of the Nintendo DS is 3” (77 mm) with a resolution of 256 x 192 px.

Collection of drawings of the Nintendo DS with height, width, and depth dimensions
Nintendo DS
Height:
3.33” | 84.7 mm (Closed); 6.3” | 160 mm (Open)
Width:
5.85” | 148.7 mm
Length:
Depth:
1.13” | 28.9 mm
Display Size
3” | 77 mm
Resolution
256 x 192 px
Weight:
9.7 oz | .275 kg
Area:
Designer
Nintendo
Year
2004-2013

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

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Nintendo 2DS

The Nintendo 2DS launched in October of 2013, defined as an entry-level of the Nintendo 3DS as it maintains similar hardware and functionality but differs with the integration of a new slate form factor. The Nintendo 2DS faced criticism when compared to the 3DS, noting its battery life, sound quality, and overall design.

Although reviews were mixed and despite its lack of 3D support, it received praise for its comfortability when held, robustness due to a lack of hinges, and price point. Production for the Nintendo 2DS ceased in February of 2020.

The Nintendo 2DS has a height of 5” (127 mm), width of 5.66” (144 mm), depth of .8” (20.3 mm), and approximate weight of 9.2 oz (.26 kg). The upper display size of the Nintendo 2DS 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.

Collection of drawings of the Nintendo 2DS with height, width, and depth dimensions
The Nintendo 2DS launched in October of 2013, defined as an entry-level of the Nintendo 3DS as it maintains similar features but differs with the integration of a new slate form factor. The Nintendo 2DS faced criticism when compared to the 3DS, noting its battery life, sound, and design quality.

The Nintendo 2DS has a height of 5” (127 mm), width of 5.66” (144 mm), depth of .8” (20.3 mm), and approximate weight of 9.2 oz (.26 kg). The upper display size of the Nintendo 2DS 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.

Collection of drawings of the Nintendo 2DS with height, width, and depth dimensions
Nintendo 2DS
Height:
5” | 127 mm
Width:
5.66” | 144 mm
Length:
Depth:
.8” | 20.3 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:
9.2 oz | .26 kg
Area:
Designer
Nintendo
Year
2013

Drawings include:
Nintendo 2DS front elevation, top, side

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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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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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