What is your favorite Nintendo handheld?

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Posted by charizard1605 (58124 posts) 4 months, 18 days ago

Poll: What is your favorite Nintendo handheld? (79 votes)

Gameboy (including Gameboy Color) 14%
Gameboy Advance 25%
Nintendo DS (including Nintendo DSi) 30%
Nintendo 3DS 30%

Nintendo's history in the handheld market is almost as long as their history in the console market. As far as the modern handheld market goes, they created it, and they have never not dominated it. Thirty years and four different generations of handhelds later, Nintendo rules over the handheld market with an iron fist, and one thing is always clear- no matter how variable the quality of a Nintendo console may be, a Nintendo handheld will always be awesome.

With that said, what are your favorite Nintendo handhelds ever?

Here's my list:

  1. Gameboy Advance
  2. Nintendo DS
  3. Nintendo 3DS
  4. Gameboy

The original Gameboy was a bit crap, really. Yes, it had Pokemon Red/Blue and Gold/Silver, and it also had Link's Awakening, Metal Gear Solid, Oracle of Ages, Oracle of Seasons, Dragon Warriors Monsters, and those excellent Harry Potter RPGs, but on the whole, it had the least impressive library for any Nintendo handheld, even for its time; meanwhile, the Gameboy Advance was absolutely amazing. It represents possibly Nintendo's most impressive lineup for its handhelds yet. Everything- from the stellar third party support, to the SNES classics- Final Fantasy IV, V, and VI, Tactics Ogre- to Nintendo's own handheld efforts which were extraordinarily high quality- Fire Emblem, Advance Wars, WarioWare, Golden Sun, Mario Kart, Metroid, Pokemon, Zelda, F-Zero, Kirby, Mario vs Donkey Kong- was top class. This was the system to own back in the day, alongside a PS2. The Nintendo DS, with its amazing, staggering wealth of third party support, is probably objectively even better. I mean, just look at the games on offer- Chrono Trigger. The World Ends With You. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor. 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Ghost Trick. Professor Layton. Dragon Quest. Final Fantasy. Grand Theft Auto. Call of Duty. Unfortunately, Nintendo's own first party output highly suffered on the DS. Yes, Mario Kart, Advance Wars, Kirby, and Animal Crossing were great, but Zelda, Metroid, Mario, Fire Emblem, Star Fox all suffered. The Nintendo 3DS, on the other hand, has Nintendo's best first party output showing in years- Zelda, Kid Icarus, Luigi's Mansion, Pokemon, Mario, Mario Kart, Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem, Kirby, Super Smash Bros., you name it. Its issue is, it is let down by third party support- the third party support that does exist on the system is great (Resident Evil, Shin Megami Tensei, Persona, Kingdom Hearts, Metal Gear Solid, Monster Hunter), but on the whole, it's simply not getting as much third party support as so many other Nintendo handhelds did. It's probably a victim of the smartphone era.

How would you rank Nintendo handhelds?

#1 Posted by lostrib (37587 posts) -

I'm gonna say Gameboy color is tied with GBA

#2 Posted by 93BlackHawk93 (5630 posts) -

Dammit Chaz! Your OP made me doubt my choices... Xl

#3 Posted by getyeryayasout (7598 posts) -

I have a very limited scope as far as Ninty handhelds go, so I'll vote for the only one I've owned (and still own); Gameboy original.

#4 Edited by ghostwarrior786 (5036 posts) -

gameboy because it is 1 of 2 handhelds i actually played, 2nd being psp. pokemon yellow was my childhood

edit: also ur op sucks, this my friend is the greatest handheld of all time because pokemon yellow is the greatest handheld game of all time period

#5 Posted by speedfreak48t5p (8136 posts) -

3DS of course.

#6 Edited by lamprey263 (24134 posts) -

3DS, while the DS had an extensive library and commercially was a lot more successful, I've already surpassed the interest I had in the DS with the 3DS. I've already purchased more games for the 3DS in the first year of having it than I had for the DS... and the BC even made me interested in going out and picking up a few more DS titles. The XL is great, playing my older DS games on the larger screen brings new life into the experience.

The DS was my first Nintendo handheld, I actually got the DS Lite, never had a GameBoy or any of the other handhelds. Only handheld I had was a Game Gear, which I ended up using to play Master System games on through the cartridge converter. I dabbled in some PSP as well but my interest in handhelds last gen wasn't as committed as I am currently.

#7 Posted by EasyComeEasyGo (585 posts) -

Voted: Nintendo 3DS.

I remember my Parents got me my first Gameboy along with Tetris, it was a dream come true back growing up in the early 90's. I remember when Pokemon Red/Blue hit the U.S, it was a smashing hit. I play the Hell out of Red, my favorite Gameboy game of all times. Also many people may not know this but when Gold/Silver was release in October, 2000, it push the Gameboy Color to it's limits, in terms of more colors, the day/night cycle felt like I was in the real world, weekdays events, and it HOD more data. Gold/Silver really push the Gameboy Color to it's limits. The rest, like Gameboy Advance and DS, I'll save that for another time but I will say that 3DS is the one I like most.

#8 Posted by Ballroompirate (23029 posts) -

3ds all day every day.

#9 Posted by charizard1605 (58124 posts) -

*3DS is winning*

I really don't know what to say...

#10 Posted by Ballroompirate (23029 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

*3DS is winning*

I really don't know what to say...

Considering it's their best HH, doesn't surprise me :P

#11 Posted by jg4xchamp (48334 posts) -
  1. DS
  2. GBA
  3. Gameboy Color
  4. 3DS
#12 Posted by REVOLUTIONfreak (18139 posts) -

Nintendo DS. By a mile.

The short of it, is that it was the platform that woke Nintendo up from their nap -- the one that made them realize they had to take a risk to reap any reward in the new gaming climate. So much innovation happened on that platform in its prime: Nintendogs, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Yoshi Touch and Go (anyone else remember that game?), LostMagic, Metroid Prime: Hunters, Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, Elite Beat Agents, Trauma Center, etc. Ugh, it kills me how unimaginative 3DS games are by comparison.

#13 Posted by vashkey (33749 posts) -

GBA, excellent library and I never had the feeling that the system's potential had been left sorely untapped

#14 Posted by Blabadon (26566 posts) -

1) DS

2) GBA

3) Gameboy Color

4) 3DS

#15 Edited by Telekill (4687 posts) -

GBA SP is my favorite. A freak'n SNES literally in the palm of your hand. It had a great library including a lot of SNES classics and a decent Tomb Raider to boot. I think the only thing it was missing is Killer Instinct.

Hell screw the 3DS and PSV. I'll just rebuy a GBA with its great software.

#16 Posted by inb4uall (5806 posts) -

@jg4xchamp said:
  1. DS
  2. GBA
  3. Gameboy Color
  4. 3DS
@Blabadon said:

1) DS

2) GBA

3) Gameboy Color

4) 3DS

this

#17 Edited by Renegade_Fury (17215 posts) -

GBA. Its library plus the Game Boy's and Game Boy Color's, thanks to BC, makes it easily the best handheld to me.

#18 Posted by yokofox33 (29873 posts) -

Tough one. I think the DS/3DS have the best libraries, but that Gameboy Advance was a big step up from the Gameboy Color. More so than DS/3DS was to the Gameboy Advance. Plus the Advance let you play all the original Gameboy and Gameboy Color titles.

#19 Posted by parkurtommo (27215 posts) -

Gameboy Advanced = My waifu

#20 Posted by TrappedInABox91 (724 posts) -

3DS because it is also a DS.

#21 Posted by blackace (20874 posts) -

I'd say the DS (DS1,DSLite) only because you could play all the GameBoy games on it as well. That's a lot of games. With the 3DS you can only play DS games on it. I still love my 3DS though. That would be the 2nd on my list.

#22 Edited by Nengo_Flow (9807 posts) -

@ghostwarrior786 said:

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that was my first and only Gameboy Color

But my favorite Nintendo system, not just handheld but system, is the GameBoy Advance SP

#23 Posted by SeriousGaming (48 posts) -

I chose 3DS (XL?) but Gameboy Advance (SP?) is also an easy contender.

They all but replace previous iterations with their excellent backwards compatibility and feature substantially improved graphics and sound compared with their predecessors. Sure, the DS may be Nintendo's first true 3D handheld and also introduced the dual screen and touch screen innovation, but the 3D graphics are also horribly ugly compared with the 3DS and it's true-r 3D. The 3DS also manages to have analog controls -albeit one thumbpad too less- for movement, while the DS awkwardly forces you to play Super Mario 64 with a d-pad.

#24 Posted by Ghost120x (3909 posts) -

My choice is the same as the TC's. The gba was what I call the golden age of handheld gaming.

#25 Posted by manny280 (1990 posts) -

Gameboy Advance/SP easily. It's own library plus it's BC with Gameboy and Gameboy Color is unparalleled.

#26 Posted by Seabas989 (10379 posts) -
  1. GBA SP/Gameboy Player
  2. DS
  3. 3DS
  4. Game Boy

I love them all.

#27 Edited by Shinobishyguy (22488 posts) -

Overall: the ds

I can see the 3ds overtaking it though in the near future

Edit* on second thought I kinda feel the 3DS has it beat in the quality of the individual titles. It's just lacking in the range of 3rd party games

#28 Posted by LZ71 (10289 posts) -

GBA SP. Could play both the gameboy's and its own library, was small enough to fit in a pocket, and was the first to have a backlight. I've probably played it more than any console or PC in my life.

#29 Posted by R4gn4r0k (16619 posts) -

I would rate all of them highly. I just never got into the Gameboy Advance much, what I mean is that PC and console gaming took all my time, and I barely played any games on it.

Gameboy is a legend, enough said

DS had so many great games. And my all time favourites: the Ace Attorney Series (though that was technically a GBA series)

3DS is also shaping up to be great, many great games. 2014-2015 is looking rather weak though. But frankly all I want next year is the new Ace Attorney

#30 Posted by osan0 (12739 posts) -

well im not going to include BC for this as that would just mean the 3DS is inherently better than the DS and so on since it can play DS games.

my fav is probably the DS though. so many great games and the handheld was a very interesting and exciting idea. when the Lite was released it really came into its own. the one fault which has come to light is that very very few games actually made effective use of the second screen.

its going to be interesting to see what nintendo do for the 3DSs successor.

#31 Posted by Wiiboxstation (267 posts) -

The GBA is easily the best when it comes to playing for hours and hours. I find most handhelds are so uncomfortable to hold after 2 hours or so.

I will still vote for the 3ds, there are so many great games and it just adds to it that the ds games can be played on it.

#32 Posted by Bigboi500 (29999 posts) -

If we're not including BC, DS Lite.

#33 Posted by charizard1605 (58124 posts) -

@Shinobishyguy said:

Overall: the ds

I can see the 3ds overtaking it though in the near future

Edit* on second thought I kinda feel the 3DS has it beat in the quality of the individual titles. It's just lacking in the range of 3rd party games

The only place where 3DS is beating DS in range is in terms of first party games. Most of the DS's goodness- and there was a lot of it- came from third party games, an area where the 3DS, especially in comparison, is severely lacking.

#34 Posted by gameofthering (10311 posts) -

The original Gameboy and GBA/SP.

It's a tie.

#35 Edited by HalcyonScarlet (4491 posts) -

Gameboy, I never got into the GBA and DS although there were a few games here and there. That's why I haven't picked up a 3DS, I don't want it to be another console I don't play.

In terms of looks I really like the Gameboy Pocket, but never owned one. I really like Nintendo's classic designed hardware. Not really into the GBC tbh I prefer it black and white. I like the look of the GBA Micro though. It has a Game & Watch vibe to it.

#36 Posted by Heirren (17307 posts) -

Probably the Gameboy Pocket, or the Light variant if you can find it in the US. I like the Original Gameboy but its just so darn big, the gameboy color has a so-so screen, and the pocket lacks a backlight. I know people rave about the GBAsp. It is a great system and one of the best, if not the best. Lately however I've been using an original Gameboy. I had a Pocket as a youngster. Using the Original model makes me want to hunt down a Light. So what is the problem with the GBA? The audio is simply HORRENDOUS. Some of the worst audio to ever come out of a game system, especially in comparison to the Original and Pocket. In a scenario where headphones are almost always used, thats a biggie imo.

#37 Edited by louisfoxton (1398 posts) -

this is easy,

1. Nintendo virtual boy

2.Game N Watch

#38 Posted by Sword-Demon (6970 posts) -
  1. GBA
  2. 3DS
  3. DS
  4. GB
#39 Posted by 22Toothpicks (11290 posts) -

GBA SP by a mile because: Golden Sun and it's BC with old GB games. And lest I forget all of the SNES ports.

#40 Posted by DocSanchez (1635 posts) -

I can't see past the original gameboy for this. Granted, it was the handheld I most felt attached to and I have a lot of nostalgia for it, but I can't answer any other way.

#41 Edited by Aquat1cF1sh (10901 posts) -

The DS for me. Most games I've ever owned for a system and my backlog is still big.

The 3DS is great but its life cycle isn't done yet.

#42 Posted by charizard1605 (58124 posts) -

@Sword-Demon said:
  1. GBA
  2. 3DS
  3. DS
  4. GB

I really wanna know why the 3DS is ranked over the DS :p

#43 Posted by uninspiredcup (8920 posts) -

Probably in the minority, but I always thought the gameboy was kinda shit compared to the game gear.

Microsoft are busy now saying "oh, tv tv tv" game gear had a fucking tv-tuner. I was tuneing in to my neighbors signal when he was watching dirty channels at night, hadn't a clue lol.

With the gameboy, could barely see what was going on on the fucking screen, outrageous.

#44 Posted by faizan_faizan (7866 posts) -

I'm voting for the GBA.

#45 Posted by Sword-Demon (6970 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

@Sword-Demon said:
  1. GBA
  2. 3DS
  3. DS
  4. GB

I really wanna know why the 3DS is ranked over the DS :p

The DS is a great system and I've put in hundreds of hours into it, but not many of its games really grabbed me; they all felt pretty standard, with a couple of exceptions.

The 3DS is still somewhat early in its lifecycle, but there are a bunch of amazing games that really raise the bar for what handheld games should be; Bravelt Default, Fire Emblem Awakening, Kid Icarus, Monster Hunter 3U, Mario 3d land, ALBW, etc.

Hell, a 3DS game won GOTY last year; when's the last time a handheld game has done that?

#46 Edited by charizard1605 (58124 posts) -

@Sword-Demon said:

@charizard1605 said:

@Sword-Demon said:
  1. GBA
  2. 3DS
  3. DS
  4. GB

I really wanna know why the 3DS is ranked over the DS :p

The DS is a great system and I've put in hundreds of hours into it, but not many of its games really grabbed me; they all felt pretty standard, with a couple of exceptions.

The 3DS is still somewhat early in its lifecycle, but there are a bunch of amazing games that really raise the bar for what handheld games should be; Bravelt Default, Fire Emblem Awakening, Kid Icarus, Monster Hunter 3U, Mario 3d land, ALBW, etc.

Hell, a 3DS game won GOTY last year; when's the last time a handheld game has done that?

I guess that's fair.

I guess the quality of individual games on 3DS, especially Nintendo games, is much higher than their DS counterparts. I just think that the DS simply had... so much more.

#47 Posted by jake44 (2021 posts) -

Nostalgia wants me to say Gameboy, but I have to give it to the 3DS.

#48 Posted by j2zon2591 (2239 posts) -

GBA.

#49 Posted by coasterguy65 (6013 posts) -

Loved some Gameboy Advance since you could play it's games, plus all of the older Gameboy games.

Same reason I loved my DS. The ability to play DS games, plus all of the Gameboy Advance games.

Nintendo has always done Backwards Compatibility right for the most part.

#50 Posted by The_Deepblue (656 posts) -

4) Gameboy - Pokemon, Link's Awakening, Oracle series, Tetris, Super Mario Land series...great handheld. It was like having a pocket NES when NES was still cool.

3) Nintendo DS - The concept of the DS blew me away when I first held one. The best games were those that utilized the system's unique features. Canvas Curse is my favorite DS title.

2) Nintendo 3DS - Looking at Nintendo's core franchises, it blows the original DS out of the water. A Link Between Worlds is a masterpiece, and another 3DS game of its caliber may make the system Nintendo's best handheld.

1) Gameboy Advance - Classic Super Mario platformers on the go. A great original Zelda, Mario Kart, F-Zero, two amazing 2D Metroids, Mario & Luigi Super Star Saga, Gunstar Super Heroes, Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire (and the remakes of the originals)...I could go on and on.