History of Nintendo’s handhelds


Gamepro has a great piece up about Nintendo’s long history in the handheld market. Noticeably absent is the Game & Watch series, but everything else is there. I can remember paying a ridiculous amount at my local import shop to have a Game Boy Light imported from Japan, only for the Game Boy Color to release less then a year later.

Go brush up on your handheld history in-between 3DS play sessions. Awesome to see how far handheld gaming has progressed in less than 25 years. I mean how did we even game on those horrid green-ish screens?

What has been your favorite gaming handheld, Nintendo or otherwise?

Eugene lives in New Mexico and has been a life long gamer since getting his hands on an NES. Always partial to Nintendo, Eugene has made it a point to keep informed on all things Mario.


  1. I didn’t have the opportunity to get many handheld gaming systems, but my cobalt blue GBA SP (what does SP stand for, anyway?) has been with me a long time. I still keep it to play Pokemon Yellow with.

  2. My old original blue DS is not only my favorite handheld, but my favorite gaming machine, period. It still works great.

    I’m loving the 3DS, and it’s by far the superior machine performance-wise, but it’ll take a lot of great software and future good times to equal the fun I’ve had with that old DS.

  3. DS by far has be favorite handheld thus far.

  4. I love my GBA SP!

    @Holly, SP stands for “Special Project”

  5. Just seeing Game Boy Color commercials and gameplay for the first time really pumped me up. Going from that pea-green screen to color (didn’t get a Pocket and stayed away from Game Gears) was great back in the day.

  6. GBA SP in red. That was my favorite

  7. The Original “brick” GameBoy. TMNT was awesome on that thing.

  8. Eventually sold it for an Atari Lynx tho…

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