Best Portable Game Consoles

The Top Ten

Nintendo DS Nintendo DS Product Image

The Nintendo DS lite is what a handheld console should be. The clam shell design not only kept it safe when stuffed in your pocket or thrown in your bag, but also allowed you to quickly pause the game when you had to get off the train. The dual screen, touch controls and microphone allowed many different ways to play games and opened up the possibilities as to how a great could be played. The catalogue of games not only spanned the numerous DS titles but also included your favourite GBA games. The power of the console felt underpowered for its time compared to other handheld devices, but this kept the hardware cost low and crucially did not affect the quality of the games available. This has to be ond of the best handheld consoles. I would recommend anyone pick up a DS lite on eBay and you won't be disappointed with the plethora of great games at your leisure.

The DS had loads of games, and I would still play it today over the 3DS with its sickening 3d mode. Most of the games were replicated in making the Wii U, but this console was cheaper, and so were the games which meant that you could go to Best Buy and come out with 4 of these and money to spare on other games. You could easily get the DS, have most of the same games as the Wii U and more, but not pay nearly as much.

The thing is with the DS what should make it number 1 on the list is that it opened up the gaming world to virtually anybody. Where PSP made more serious games, the DS had games that appealed to everybody, no matter the age. The DS is much more diverse, and it has sold tens of millions of copies more than the PSP. That's why the DS should be number 1.

Far better than psp, the only thing going for the psp is graphics, the DS is original, and has way more great games than psp. Its also more durable incase anything would go wrong

PSP PSP Product Image

The PSP is still the best portable gaming console today compared to the PSP2 the PSP2 may have a bigger edge on gaming and graphics but the old psp's are still very very good. I currently own a PSP 3006 and the color is pearl white and my sister owns a psp 3006 and her color is radiant red and one day I have an idea on what to do with my psp because I got pretty bored with the color of my psp and then I change the color of my psp and made it to a mix pearl white and radiant red colored psp 3006 system

Alright, this this is just objectively the best handheld console ever created. I'm a Nintendo guy. I grew up with my Gameboy Color, GBA SP, and DS lite. To this day, I love them all to death, and they all have great games that really pushed the boundaries of what could be done with a handheld. This year, I found a PSP 1001 on amazon for $50 and just decided on a whim to buy it, and that was a great decision that has held up. Firstly, the PSP has some amazing exclusive games on it. Its powerful specs enabled developers back 2004 to create some amazing games that to this day impress me. It's got Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker, Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles, Patapon, and much more. However, that's only scratching the surface of what this thing can do, because it has full support for the ENTIRE PSX library. That's right. This tiny thing in your pocket can play any original Playstation game, which alone would make it number 1 on this list, but there is one last thing to convince you. The ...more

Until 2013 there's tons of new title release for psp so why should they claim that psp might going to kick off from the gaming industries? Must claim it as one of the best-of-the-best console we ever own for years

Best handheld device in this world. Psp is the best game because it's portable and can be taken anywhere and anytime

Nintendo 3DS Nintendo 3DS Product Image

I had this console and took it wherever I went until one day when I took it to the swimming pool but my point is this can play 3ds games gb games ds games dsiware and gbc games (and the game and watch collection

This is so the best! This should be number 1! All the non-Nintendo ones should be removed especially the ipod touch. The ipod touch is not, I repeat NOT a game system.

I got it on Christmas last year and I love it my favorite games are cooking mama and style savvy

Best portable game ever. I love the 2 interactive screen and it looks unique! Graphics are cool and still fun to enjoy the fantasy. The games are way too many to choose because of the coolness.

PlayStation Vita PlayStation Vita Product Image

Graphics similar to PS3
Dual analog sticks
Touch screen similar to I-Pad
Dual camera (front and back)
What mare can you ask for

Dream Gadget. Has no worthy competitor. Simply put, "Top of the line".

It's the best come on it has 3g wifi, touch screen and it can play as the ps3 controller and for the ps4!

Playstation Vita from Sony has it all, from photographs to connections and custom settings that will find the user in engaging situations and entertainment bundle that does not disappoint. It is 100% what it should be and one of the best 8th Generation hand held consoles ever built. Amazing graphics and stunning details much to gain from the device. Beautiful! - iliescu

Game Boy Advance SP Game Boy Advance SP Product Image

Back light. Played ALL game boy games. Vibrant screen. Biggest library of games. What more do you want.

I've had this thing for over 11 years and have not once had a single problem with it. It's simple but can play and endless amount of titles, small enough to fit in your pocket, nice loud speaker, backlit screen, durable, great colors. Not enough I can say about it.

This is the best gameboy I mean you can play all gameboy games on it

It's the gameboy advance, but you can play in the dark

Game Boy Game Boy Product Image

It is why we even have handheld gaming right now. - USGC

This did not release in the 60s, this released in 1989.

Really good for old times

Should b higher

Game Boy Advance Game Boy Advance Product Image

Great handheld with excellent fit and finish. The original GBA uses just two AA batteries, pop in new batteries and it works like new to this day. The only drawback is no backlight but this gives the GBA an incredible amount of battery life for cord free game play! Other handhelds using proprietary batteries are dead in the water due to the battery no longer holding a charge.

Fantastic handheld that had far more durability and a massive graphical upgrade from its predecessor, the GBC. Its library is fantastic also; a few examples include A Link to the Past, the Mario Advance titles, Fire Emblem, Advance Wars, FF6, Superstar Saga, Pokemon Emerald, Metroid Fusion, and Castlevania Aria of Sorrow. The pinnacle of handheld gaming in my opinion.

Great game library on an older system that was way ahead of its time

You don't 'vote for it because you have not been in the game for so long as I have

Sega Game Gear

Very sleek design, comfortable to play, some games ported from genesis were actually better on game gear. Full colour display, better than master system slightly. The machine itself came in different colours. It was ahead of its time. Just needed better support from other parties. Battery life can be improved with a LED mod, or even just use rechargeable batteries...done!

Full Color desplay and a backlight! But the worst ever battery!

Game Boy Color Game Boy Color Product Image

It is a blast from the past the good past and I know this without this we wouldn't have #9, #5, #6, #3, #4


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Neo Geo Pocket Color

Microswitched stick, 40 hour battery life, an insane selection of games, and the ability to link to a Sega Dreamcast should put this system on the list.


The Contenders

Nintendo DSi Nintendo DSi Product Image


I t's a slightly worse version of the ds lite


Best portableconsole on the market until the nomad. First 16 bit system and active lcd screen.

Nvidia Shield

Graphics should alone put it at number 1! The other companies aren't even trying anymore besides Sony.

This is the most powerful machine on this list. Nothing even comes even close to it and it can emulate almost this entry list.

Nvidia is the best as it has the best design and overall game library compared to the others

Guys this monster can emulate all of the above and below. this is the perfect handheld console

Nintendo 3DS XL

Hands down the best handheld console. End of discussion.

This is practically the same as the 3ds. They both should be one in this list.

This system should be instead or with the 3ds

Can not be beaten. Still using mine now.

Atari Lynx

Well ahead of it's time. Great system.


Nintendo Switch

Easily the best console of its generation, the only better system ever made is the Wii

It is the best portable console in the world

"Revolutionary for it's time! "

Amazing console

New Nintendo 3DS XL

This device has face-tracking 3d(awesome) which allows you not to be so stiff when you play. Also, Pokemon and Super Smash are both on there! What else can beat that?


The Wonderswan is a great console with a unique design and good library of games. It is very underrated in my opinion.


Psp go is good its way too underrated

Can't believe this failed. - noo7na7

It is awesome! No problem for me! You Justin have to master don't follow wich is am easy this game in my opinion!

The best handheld console fits a pocket and also better than the original PSP or even the nintendo 3ds

Nintendo 2DS

My favorite console is this - jwaughtal

We can play all games Nintendo games on it

Opened lots of youtubers the idea to make funny videos of the non-existent 1DS

PSP 3000

This one is a better and upgraded version of the original PSP, though it has improved a lot until the Vista came along

Psp 3000 is awesome its way too low it should be in top 10

Yes psp 3000 should be in top ten but I think psp e1000 is best,actually ihave it

DSI XL DSI XL Product Image

I have one

SEGA Mega Drive Portable

Sega Nomad was great and still is. Just have extra batteries on hand. You did not need to buy new games because most likely you already has them if if owned a Genesis. Still have mine- love it and always will. The Nomad ROCKS!

It is called a sega nomad - jwaughtal

Game Boy Micro Game Boy Micro Product Image

Small but perfectly formed. High pixel density and overall cuteness make this a treat for the eyes.

Pocket size, perfect portability

Gameboy Pocket Gameboy Pocket Product Image
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