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Handhelds. In the beginning…. MB Game’s Microvision (1979) LCD (temperamental) 13 Games 1 x 9V Battery (2 –some version). Epoch Game Pocket Computer (1984) LCD ( graphics akin to Atari 2600) 5 Games 4 x AA Batteries Only released in Japan. Nintendo’s Game and Watch (1980).

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In the beginning…

  • MB Game’s Microvision (1979)
  • LCD (temperamental)
  • 13 Games
  • 1 x 9V Battery (2 –some version)
  • Epoch Game Pocket Computer (1984)
  • LCD ( graphics akin to Atari 2600)
  • 5 Games
  • 4 x AA Batteries
  • Only released in Japan

Nintendo’s Game and Watch (1980)

Nintendo’s Game and Watch (1980)(reminds me of something…)

Entex Adventure Vision (1982)

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Lift Off!

  • Sega Game Gear (1990)
  • Colour and Back-lit LCD Screen
  • 6 x AA Batteries (Not Good!)
  • TV Tuner
  • Sonic the Hedgehog!
  • Atari Lynx I (1989)
  • Colour and Back-lit LCD Screen
  • 6 x AA Batteries (4 Hours)
  • Network Support
  • Ambidextrous Design
  • Nintendo Game Boy (1989)
  • LCD (Dot Matrix)
  • 4 x AA Batteries (Long life)
  • Tetris!
  • PC Engine GT (1990)
  • AKA NEC TurboExpress
  • Most powerful handheld
  • But at £150m - £200!!!
  • Atari Lynx 2 (1991)
  • Some Improvements
  • Still a brick though!
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New Challengers and New Versions

  • Bandai Wonderswan (1999) and Wonderswan Color(2000)
  • Gunpei Yokoi!
  • 1 x AA Batteries (Long Life)
  • Nothing wrong with the thing! Competition just too strong.

Nintendo’s Game Boy Pocket (1996), Game Boy Light (1998) and Nintendo’s Game Boy Color still dominated.

  • SNK Neo Geo Pocket and Neo Geo Pocket Color(1998, 1999)
  • Good design
  • 2 x AA Batteries (Long Life)
  • Nothing wrong with the thing!
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And after that...

Nintendo Game Boy Advance (2001) and the Game Boy Advance SP (2003) was the Game Boy’s evolution into 32-bit. The SP model was front-lit while newer models are back-lit.

Gamepark’s GP32 (2001, Left) was 32-bit, open source (emulators were a selling point) and could play DivX movies and MP3’s but was not front-lit until 2003’s model. Nokia’s N-Gage (2003, centre and right) attempted to seize on the mobile phone craze and mix a game’s console with a mobile phone.

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The Latest (as of 2005)

  • Nintendo DS (Dual Screen)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Touch Screen, Microphone
  • Mario Kart!
  • Sony PSP (PlayStation Portable)
  • Plays movies (UMD), music, games, images.
  • Wireless
  • That screen!
  • Tiger’s Gizmondo
  • GPRS
  • GPS
  • Camera, play music, send emails/ SMS etc.
  • Nintendo’s Game Boy Micro
  • Damn small!
  • Interchangeable covers.
  • Gamepark Holding’s GP2X
  • Linux OS
  • Emulators galore!
  • Multimedia Player
  • Tapwave Zodiac
  • Games Console meets PDA (Palm OS)
  • Discontinued.
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Summary - Key Issues

  • Battery Life
  • Gameplay (different from home consoles)
  • Size/ Design/ Ergonomics/ Portability
  • Game/ Software Support
  • Price
  • Longevity
  • Use of extras
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