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

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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
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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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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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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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 DS Lite

The Nintendo DS Lite, the second model of the Nintendo DS family, is a redesign of the original Nintendo DS that is slimmer and more lightweight. It was released in June of 2006 following its March announcement after receiving demand for the original model.

Although the Nintendo DS Lite is compatible with Gameboy games, DS games, and the DS headset, it uses an AC power adapter that differs from its predecessor. Changes and features of the Nintendo DS Lite include: four levels of brightness, softer feeling buttons, and the relocation of the microphone, start, and select buttons.

The Nintendo DS Lite has a closed height of 2.9” (74 mm), open height of 5.47” (139 mm), width of 5.2” (133 mm), depth of .85” (21.5 mm), and approximate weight of 7.7 oz (.218 kg). The display size of the Nintendo DS Lite is 3.8” (97 mm) with a resolution of 256 x 192 px.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Nintendo DS Lite measured with height, width, and depth
The Nintendo DS Lite, the second model of the Nintendo DS family, is a redesign of the original Nintendo DS that is slimmer and more lightweight. It was released in June of 2006 following its March announcement after receiving demand for the original model.

The Nintendo DS Lite has a closed height of 2.9” (74 mm), open height of 5.47” (139 mm), width of 5.2” (133 mm), depth of .85” (21.5 mm), and approximate weight of 7.7 oz (.218 kg). The display size of the Nintendo DS Lite is 3.8” (97 mm) with a resolution of 256 x 192 px.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Nintendo DS Lite measured with height, width, and depth
Nintendo DS Lite
Height:
2.9” | 74 mm (Closed); 5.47” | 139 mm (Open)
Width:
5.2” | 133 mm
Length:
Depth:
.85” | 21.5 mm
Display Size
3.8” | 97 mm
Resolution
256 x 192 px
Weight:
7.7 oz | .218 kg
Area:
Designer
Nintendo
Year
2006-2014

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

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