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Best Handheld Ever - Opinions?

Discussion in 'Retro Gaming and Vintage Computing' started by elh_2009, Jul 18, 2018.

  1. Spacedeck

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    But what if the batteries are about to die while in the middle of a level?
     
  2. Firestar_3x

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    Cry.
     
  3. Timber

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    Personally I think the Game Boy is the obvious answer. That said over the years I really loved the DS/DSi system and some of it's games. For me a more innovative system that has a games library that in depth and quality rivals it predecessor. The PSP, PS Vita, Game Gear et al haven't come close to Nintendo's handheld machines.
     
  4. davewhite04

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    It's all relative to the person. If you like Neo Geo games with a passion, then it'd be the Neo Geo X. Brilliant handheld. Objectively I'd say the GBA. If I had a choice it'd be the DS version that could play GBA games.
     
  5. silvagti

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    My first thought would be the original Gameboy for pretty much creating the handheld/portable category (or being the first successful one). I do have a soft spot for my Nintendo DS lite though which I think massively improved the form factor by adding dual displays and touch.

    The Switch is definitely up there for actually providing a current-gen experience console that's also portable. Every other portable has been massively underpowered compared to home consoles of the time. Ergonomically I'm not a massive fan of it in portable mode but I'm sure we'll get a revised Switch Lite/etc in another year or two.

    I can't decide but if pushed to choose I'd have to go with the original!
     
  6. Ryan-3

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    Original Game Boy Advance. PSP comes a close second though. :)
     
  7. linktoinsanity

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    The PSP for me, especially as now they are so cheap and easy to play non-psp games on.

    I did like the original Gameboy though and the Gameboy Advance, the latter though could have done with a better screen from the off!
     
  8. Mcthommo

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    Game and watch Donkey Kong or Greenhouse for me
     
  9. MikGriff

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    Original GBA for me, Shame about the screen though
     
  10. elh_2009

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    I've got back into my GBA and I love it
     
  11. kinger8938

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    Same :)
     
  12. linktoinsanity

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    As the manufacturer intended I would say the original Gameboy, otherwise I would say the PSP comes into it's own.
     
  13. jellybeard999

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    Ive a modded Vita, which I'm enjoying at the moment. Does everything I need well and has nice controls. Dual analogue sticks makes a big difference over PSP. Stock, the game and memory card formats make it really unattractive to me.

    The original game boy is top in terms of influence. I don't have one, but a backlit GBA looks like it it would be the best way to enjoy Game Boy games to me. I never got on with the screen or form factor.

    Sega really had the right idea with the Nomad IMO, but as with the Game Gear, battery life was a killer. If Li-Ion was around back then, it would have been great :)
     
  14. vanpeebles

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    Neo Geo Pocket for me, superb joystick and an excellent collection of games.
     
  15. elh_2009

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    The pocket joystick is the best of any handheld ever made
     
  16. vanpeebles

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    *Twin boxing stance Bad Dudes Vs. Dragon Ninja Style*
     
  17. Flibster

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    Absolutely. Microswitched excellence.
    The NeoGeoX was close, but there was just a little too much travel on it.

    Then there was the NeoGeo Mini... Oh dear...