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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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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Wii U GamePad

The Wii U GamePad is a single-touch LCD gamepad designed by Shigeru Miyamoto for Nintendo’s Wii U home video game console. Unlike the original prototype which resembled a cellphone and had circular pads, the revised gamepad features ideas from tablets such as touchscreen controls, upfront facing cameras, and dual analog sticks.

The gamepad touchscreen provides users an option to play games on the Gamepad screen or supplement a game by using a second screen. Besides, the gamepad can work with other controllers such as the Wii Balance Board and Wii Remote Plus. The Wii U Gamepad can also function as a remote control for television with the Nintendo TVii app, provide other content or even send handwritten messages.

The Wii U GamePad has a height of 5.3” (13.5 cm), width of 10.2” (25.9 cm), total depth of 1.98” (50.2 mm), and approximate weight of 17.3 oz (.49 kg).

Collection of drawings of the Wii U GamePad with height, width, depth and screen resolution dimensions
The Wii U GamePad is a single-touch LCD gamepad designed by Shigeru Miyamoto for Nintendo’s Wii U home video game console. Unlike the original prototype, the revised gamepad features ideas from tablets such as touchscreen controls, upfront facing cameras, and dual analog sticks.

The Wii U GamePad has a height of 5.3” (13.5 cm), width of 10.2” (25.9 cm), total depth of 1.98” (50.2 mm), and approximate weight of 17.3 oz (.49 kg).

Collection of drawings of the Wii U GamePad with height, width, depth and screen resolution dimensions
Wii U GamePad
Height:
5.3” | 13.5 cm
Width:
10.2” | 25.9 cm
Length:
Depth:
1.6” | 40.6 mm; 1.98” | 50.2 mm (Total)
Weight:
17.3 oz | .49 kg
Area:

Display Size: 6.2” | 157.5 mm
Resolution: 854 x 480 px

Designer
Nintendo
Released
2012

Drawings include:
Wii U GamePad front elevation, top, side

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Nintendo Switch Lite

The Nintendo Switch Lite was released by Nintendo on September 20, 2019. It is a handheld game console and is the more portable version of its predecessor, the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch Lite is an eight-generation console and runs on the Nintendo Switch operating system software. The Nintendo Switch Lite features an integrated joy-con, lightweight design, and is compact. It is perfect for the gamers that are constantly on the go and is compatible with more than 2,000 games. The Nintendo Switch Lite is available in the colors yellow, gray, turquoise, and coral.

The Nintendo Switch Lite has a height of 3.58” (91 mm), width of 8.18” (208 mm), total depth of 1.12” (28.4 mm), and approximate weight of 9.77 oz (.277 kg). The display size of the Nintendo Switch Lite is 5.5” (139.7 mm) with a resolution of 1280 x 720 px.

Dimensioned drawings of the Nintendo Switch Lite with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
The Nintendo Switch Lite was released by Nintendo on September 20, 2019. It is a handheld game console and is the more portable version of its predecessor, the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch Lite is an eight-generation console and runs on the Nintendo Switch operating system software.

The Nintendo Switch Lite has a height of 3.58” (91 mm), width of 8.18” (208 mm), total depth of 1.12” (28.4 mm), and approximate weight of 9.77 oz (.277 kg). The display size of the Nintendo Switch Lite is 5.5” (139.7 mm) with a resolution of 1280 x 720 px.

Dimensioned drawings of the Nintendo Switch Lite with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
Nintendo Switch Lite
Height:
3.58” | 91 mm
Width:
8.18” | 208 mm
Length:
Depth:
.55” | 14 mm; 1.12” | 28.4 mm (Full)
Display Size
5.5” | 139.7 mm
Resolution
1280 x 720 px
Weight:
9.77 oz | .277 kg
Area:
Designer
Nintendo
Year
2019

Drawings include:
Nintendo Switch Lite front elevation, top, side

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New Nintendo 3DS XL

The New Nintendo 3DS XL, a larger variant of the New Nintendo 3DS, had its North American release date in February of 2015. Known as a revision of the Nintendo 3DS XL, this new model alongside its New Nintendo 3DS companion, features a faster processor, face tracking for 3D viewing, and interchangeable faceplates. Production of the New Nintendo 3DS XL was discontinued in July of 2019.

The New Nintendo 3DS XL has a closed height of 3.68” (93.5 mm), open height of 6.81” (173 mm), width of 6.3” (160 mm), depth of .85” (21.5 mm), and approximate weight of 11.64 oz (.33 kg). The upper display size of the New Nintendo 3DS 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.

Dimensioned drawings of the New Nintendo 3DS XL with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
The New Nintendo 3DS XL, a larger variant of the New Nintendo 3DS, had its North American release date in February of 2015. Known as a revision of the Nintendo 3DS XL, this new model features a faster processor, face tracking for 3D viewing, and interchangeable faceplates.

The New Nintendo 3DS XL has a closed height of 3.68” (93.5 mm), open height of 6.81” (173 mm), width of 6.3” (160 mm), depth of .85” (21.5 mm), and approximate weight of 11.64 oz (.33 kg). The upper display size of the New Nintendo 3DS 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.

Dimensioned drawings of the New Nintendo 3DS XL with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
New Nintendo 3DS XL
Height:
3.68” | 93.5 mm (Closed); 6.81” | 173 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:
11.64 oz | .33 kg
Area:
Designer
Nintendo
Year
2015

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

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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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