Handheld gaming is great. For those of us who crave a deep experience with physical buttons but cant access a TV screen handheld gaming is a welcome gift from the gaming gods. Having been the proud owner of many great handhelds and the soon to be recipient of a GBA SP, I thought now would be a good time to do a list of my top five gaming handhelds.
5: Sega Game Gear
When people think of handheld gaming they often think of the GameBoy, the weak, cheap and yet amazingly fun little handheld that Nintendo created. However whilst Nintendo were gunning for a low price Sega went the opposite route and made a handheld with immense power. Boasting full colour, a vast library of Game Gear games and full back compatibility (via the Master Gear converter) with Sega Master System games the Game Gear struck a winning, yet expensive, formula. Though it never reached the commercial heights of Nintendo’s handhelds it still sold respectably and is without a doubt a great handheld.
What can I possibly say about the GameBoy that you haven't already heard? Nothing, so ill say this instead. The brainchild of Gunpei Yokoi, the GameBoy was cheap and provided bags of fun. It took the world by storm and started a series of handhelds that were all ludicrously successful. In short, it was a work of absolute genius.
The PSP is a tricky one for me because I don't actually like it. BUT. Its technical achievement is crazily impressive and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is one of the best handheld games I have ever played. Its so good that its my justification for this console being on this list. Yep. Next.
2: Nintendo 3DS
Yep. I’m saying it. This relative newcomer is better than the Game Gear, the GameBoy and the original DS. Why? Well for one the 3D effect actually works and is actually beneficial. Two because the library of games is astoundingly good and its only a couple of years old. And three. Well. Its games look great, its design is great, its price point is great. I could go on. The 3DS is fantastic and has something for everyone at a reasonable price. If you haven't got one already... What’s wrong with you?
1: GameBoy Advance
Though I've heard the SP fixes the screen issues Ive never played an SP so the GBA takes this spot for now. With access to the full GameBoy/GameBoy Colour library, as well as a huge array of its own games the GBA brought power, price, portability and phun. (Alliteration!...?) Its a great console with great games and it just does so much right that no other handheld can compete with it. What more could you want?