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Edited 3 years, 10 months ago

Poll: What is your favourite handheld game console ? (139 votes)

Gameboy 6%
Gameboy Advance 27%
Nintendo DS 23%
Sega Game Gear 1%
Nintendo 3DS 16%
PSP 7%
Gameboy Color 10%

Please leave a comment if I forgot a good one.

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#1 Posted by Stonyman65 (3614 posts) -

Gameboy Advance was amazing. Gameboy Color was pretty amazing too for what it was.

I've had a PSP since the day it came out....I can honestly say I've only used it maybe a dozen times (not counting all the porn) lol

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#2 Posted by FirstBossCutman (66 posts) -

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.

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#3 Posted by GunstarRed (6044 posts) -

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.

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#4 Posted by MideonNViscera (2269 posts) -

The 3DS. The DS was the first one I ever truly loved, and the 3DS is all that and more.

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#5 Edited by Hunter5024 (6702 posts) -

It wasn't until I got a GBA SP that I was really sold on handheld systems. It's got some awesome Fire Emblems, good Pokemon, and some really good releases of classic snes era games.

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#6 Edited by ajamafalous (13399 posts) -

Shit, I voted GB but I meant GBC

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#7 Posted by EarthBowl (174 posts) -

The original Gameboy will always have a special place in my heart.

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#8 Edited by BeachThunder (14578 posts) -

The Three Dimensional System.

Edit: Also, you forgot Virtual Boy.

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#9 Posted by Justin258 (14373 posts) -

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.

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#10 Posted by JJWeatherman (14929 posts) -

You mean besides he Gizmondo?

My fond experience with a purple Gameboy Color and a copy of Pokemon Red will likely never be supplanted.

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#11 Posted by Jrinswand (1745 posts) -

Nintendo DS. Or the Game Boy Color.

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#12 Posted by xlab3000 (47 posts) -

Nintendo DS

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#13 Edited by Nivash (245 posts) -

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.

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#14 Edited by YetiAntics (1520 posts) -



EDIT: Wow, A lot of youngings on the poll. I feel old.
Also not on the poll, SEGA Nomad.

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#15 Posted by supamon (1339 posts) -

My fond experience with a purple Gameboy Color and a copy of Pokemon Red will likely never be supplanted.

Same here except with Pokemon Yellow!

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#16 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1849 posts) -

I guess it's technically my persona machine(VITA). Although I do love my 3ds a lot... I'm gonna have to say both.

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#17 Posted by TheVeteran13 (1410 posts) -

The Gameboy Advance SP was dope as hell.

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#18 Edited by MeganeAgain (125 posts) -

It's a difficult choice between the Game Boy Advance and the Nintendo DS. Though, I would say that the GBA produced more memorable games for me.

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#19 Posted by mrcraggle (2869 posts) -

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.

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#20 Posted by SaFt (567 posts) -

Game Boy color. During the summer break me and a friend used to sit outside all day long just playing Pokemon, Harvest Moon and Zelda Oracle of seasons/ages.

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#21 Posted by Palmlykta (265 posts) -



EDIT: Wow, A lot of youngings on the poll. I feel old.

Also not on the poll, SEGA Nomad.

I'll never forget my original Gameboy. Frickin' love that brick of a machine!

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#22 Edited by Giefcookie (654 posts) -

Vita is the only handheld I've ever had so, Vita!

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#23 Posted by deactivated-57beb9d651361 (4541 posts) -

GBA, without a shadow of a doubt.

That thing had so many classic games, and a handful of my favourite games of all time.

I'd assume I'm not in a minority, either.

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#24 Edited by Olqavtoras (272 posts) -

GBA SP, amazing console, and so many amazing games.

Edit: Forgot the two magical letters that are SP.

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#25 Posted by psylah (2292 posts) -

You people are nuts, the Advance was TERRIBLE and UNPLAYABLE under normal lighting conditions.

The Advance SP on the other hand, is perfect.

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#26 Edited by Zephan (50 posts) -

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!

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#27 Edited by Rafaelfc (2225 posts) -

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.

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#28 Posted by FunkasaurasRex (854 posts) -

I most fondly remember the GBA; for a kid with with separated parents that thing was a godsend. It was probably my primary gaming device for a while.

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#29 Edited by linkster7 (1247 posts) -

GBA SP was the most mind blowing thing I had ever seen when I got it, I brought that thing everywhere. So much time spent playing advance wars

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#30 Edited by MikeJFlick (452 posts) -

Been playing persona 3 alot lately so...... PSP!

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#31 Posted by Abendlaender (3056 posts) -

It kinda has to be the 3DS for me. It has a lot of cool games itself, I can play all my DS games, I can play some GBA games and some of the best GB games.

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#32 Edited by BisonHero (10497 posts) -

@psylah said:

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.

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#33 Posted by rickwilliams (36 posts) -

Advance SP - Pokemon Emerald, Golden Sun..... strong memories.

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#34 Edited by casper_ (915 posts) -

i actually really like the psp....

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#35 Edited by Nekroskop (2831 posts) -

The PSP. It's a really underrated handheld. Especially if you put CFW on it, then it becomes a god-tier handheld.

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#36 Posted by Nick (873 posts) -

There's a special place in my heart for the Sega Gamegear.

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#37 Edited by WinterSnowblind (7598 posts) -

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.

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#38 Posted by NegativeCero (3140 posts) -

If I had gotten into my GBA more at the time I think it would be my favorite easily, but I really spent way more time with my DS.

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#39 Posted by DarthOrange (4178 posts) -

The Vita is really great you guys, in fact I am writting this from a Vita. Also I had a PSP Go so my entire library crossed over. The games and apps are great. Fighting games are perfect on this thing.

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#40 Edited by Scrawnto (2552 posts) -

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.

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#41 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19836 posts) -

The Nintendo DS had some of the best experiences I've had in video games. Nintendo 3DS is looking like it's going to take 2nd place.

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#42 Posted by Deranged (2020 posts) -

Gameboy Advance/SP was the shit!

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#43 Edited by Winternet (8397 posts) -

Gameboy Color. It was also the only one I have ever own, so there's that.

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#44 Posted by geirr (3308 posts) -