The iPad... HAHAHA, no, in all seriousness: I really, really like the 3DS. Super Mario 3D Land, Kid Icarus, the Virtual Console, Luigi's Mansion... so many great games! Plus, backwards compatible with the DS and the ability to download Gameboy Advance games in the future put it over the line for me.
3DS. I didn't really get into handheld games until very late in the DS's life and seeing as the 3DS can play both it has just an insanely huge amount of high quality games to play. The only thing I miss from the DS lite is the ability to play GBA games.
I voted my 3DS, but in retrospect I probably should have said Game Boy Advance. Man, that thing is awesome, it's like the PS2 of handhelds. Well, a DS Lite would probably be a better answer since it can play both DS and GBA games, but the GBA library seems like the better and more varied one.
Nintendo, you stupid motherfuckers, if you would only put SNES, N64, and GBA games on your Virtual Console, you would have the absolute greatest thing ever. As it stands, my PSP does those things.
Gameboy Advance, definitely. I owned the Color before it, which saw quite a bit of use, and the DS after it which sadly came nowhere near the first two. It probably has to do with the fact that I got a laptop in the middle of the DS's lifespan which quickly took over many uses, like playing games while watching TV (I'm a terrible multitasking addict) But the Advance... so many fond memories. I think my fondest is playing Fire Emblem on a flight to Crete.
@beachthunder That one's more "standheld" than "handheld" though.
At one point my house was just full of DS's. I put off buying a DS for awhile but eventually caved and bought the original phat which I may have given away, can't remember and upgraded myself to the lite which I still think was the best DS. It was a great system once it came into its own and devs knew what to actually do with both screens.
GBC. It was my first handheld console and it was bundled with Pokemon Red. So many memories of training Pokemon and losing battles in the Pokemon League.
Recently found Pokemon Gold as well but the battery for the save file has died, which has rendered playing it a bit pointless. So many great games on that handheld!
As a raw device, the Vita is the best handheld I ever played, hands down.
But if you factor in the games side, 3ds is the best handheld around. With both it's own library and the original DS library at it's disposal, there's nothing around that can compare to it, I think.
This made me realize, that we are probably living in a handheld golden era (or maybe it's last gasp... who knows)
P.s: I don't have any fondness for the gameboys, although the GBA has some awesome games, it never grabbed me. And choosing either PSP or DS for favorite it's just a design thing, because all those games are playable in their superior counterparts.
You people are nuts, the Advance was TERRIBLE and UNPLAYABLE under normal lighting conditions.
The Advance SP on the other hand, is perfect.
I tend to agree.
And while we're complaining, it seems like everybody is basically picking whatever handheld system they grew up with, regardless of the quality of the device or the quality of its library. Because I guarantee that the GBA shouldn't be tied for first, compared to the strength of the OG Game Boy library and the DS library. The GBA came out in 2001, and not much of significance came out any later than 2005, and honestly 4.5 years can only produce so many great games, compared to the near-decade-long generations that were the Game Boy and DS.
Then again, I guess the poll title does say "your favourite handheld", not "the best", so I'll let it slide.
Seriously though, the Game Boy really should have more votes.
The GBA was really amazing and the DS follow up was possibly even better, there was just a ridiculous amount of really good games for those things.
I'm excited that the 3DS finally seems to be picking up steam too, being pretty much the only system this year with a decent amount of games coming.
It has got to be the GBA SP. It was super portable, and there were a ton of excellent games for that system. I loved my DS, but even towards the end of its cycle the polygonal games were always just a bit too aliased for me to really enjoy how they looked. The Vita is a gorgeous piece of hardware, but it doesn't have the game lineup yet.