Best Portable Game Consoles

The Top Ten

1 Nintendo DS

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 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.

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.

We're in 2018 and I've always seen the Nintendo DS like the best console ever. It has everything I was looking for to play.

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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

PSP is the greatest in my opinion

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3 Nintendo 3DS

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

With the 3DS hack you can play almost any other nintendo console games.

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4 PlayStation Vita

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!

5 Main Things with the Playstation Vita

The Playstation Network, can download content and games.
The Ratchet and Clank Trilogy and a few others that are Top 3 best Sellers are available.
Can play as Ratchet, Clank, or Captain Quark
Can play online or campaign with the trio characters.
Similar price to the other hand held consoles.

A base gamer delight. - iliescu

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5 Game Boy Advance SP

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

This is the best handheld ever. There are both frontlight and backlights models so you can play in the dark and it has backwards compatibility with all GB, GBC and GBA games. Also like the DS it folds in half so you can put it in your pocket easier! Only complaint is no headphone jack but otherwise it's amazing

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6 Game Boy

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

I’d rather play it than a switch.

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7 Game Boy Advance

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

This is awesome beacause it has a ENORMOUS library of games to play and all aren't cheap

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8 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!

9 Game Boy Color

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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10 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

11 Nintendo DSi


12 TurboExpress

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

13 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

This is the best because it is just different! It's a controller/tablet/gameboy so you can play games,watch youtube,and easy interface

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14 Atari Lynx

Well ahead of it's time. Great system.


15 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.

16 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?

17 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! "


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18 Wonderswan

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

19 PSPgo

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!

Horrible it can't even compete at the GBA or Gamecom 3DS is better

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20 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

21 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


I have one

23 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

24 Gameboy Pocket
25 Game Boy Micro

Pocket size, perfect portability

26 New Nintendo 3DS

Yes, that's the actual name, it has another stick and 2 more back buttons, it also has better hardware and more powerful graphics, can't wait for it to come out in 2015 - Harri666

This is better than the original 3ds, 2ds and 3ds xl. All 3ds' should be merged as one in this list and if it happens, Nintendo 3ds will be at the top


27 SEGA Genesis Ultimate Portable

This should be at least 3rd because we all know that sega was once the leading game company and it deserves to have fare judgement.

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29 Gizmondo

Best console ever. I mean, do you ever hear anyone today talking about DS, GameBoy, Game Gear, PSP, 3DS, PSVita, Nomad, Lynx, Supaboy, Neo Geo Pocket, Switch, Game & Watch, or WonderSwan? Exactly.

30 Nintendo DS Lite

Backwards compatible, pocketsize, great battery life and great library

This Nintendo DS should be up at n1 because you can also play Gameboy advance games. I think that this feature should put it at n1

31 Game and Watch
32 Neo Geo Pocket
33 PSP E1000
34 Supaboy

Love this! Snes portable! Just one question, can I use super game boy? Can I use those cool add ons for retro duo portable (a very similar console) on the supaboy?

35 Virtual Boy

I Want to get an eye strain

Why is this at 24!

Whoops I.ment this for the new 3ds

36 Smach Z Pro

Best handheld gaming pc
You can play aaa games on it
And steam games

37 Game Boy Light
38 PXP 3
39 Sega Nomad

Sure, it may be a bit bulky, but you could put Mega Drive cartridges in the system, and it was portable! You could even connect it to your T.V. ! It was amazing.

40 R-Zone

The Nintendo virtual boy can give you eye strain within 15 mins of play this thing could do it in 15 seconds!

41 DS Lite

I have one but it plays like the original just with a different shape

It's a perfect DS model

42 PocketStation
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