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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Evolution of the Handheld Computer Gaming Console

The handheld gaming scene has witnessed many attempts by a variety of companies to gain commercial success, but over thirty formats shown below, only a handful have been able to gain support of the mainstream. The main problems for companies trying to enter the handheld gaming scene is how to create an affordable, portable machine that won't eat up the battery.

It wasn't until 1989 when Nintendo released the GameBoy, with it's dot-matrix screen, low battery consumption (though needed 4 AA batteries), relatively small size and one killer game, Tetris , that guaranteed them the success they wanted. No other company could emulate what Nintendo had created, try as they may, there was nothing as successful as the GameBoy.

Almost sixteen years after the GameBoy, in 2005, both Nintendo and Sony released their 'revolutionary' contenders, each aiming at a different market. So far, two years down the line it seems like Nintendo still have the same magic formula they had back in 1989.

Milton Bradley Microvision - 1978




Nintendo Game & Watch (60 in the series) - 1980 - 1991




Epoch Game Pocket Computer - 1984




Nintendo Gameboy - 1989




Atari Lynx - 1989




NEC TurboExpress - 1990




Sega GameGear - 1991




Watara Supervision - 1992




Sega MegaJet - 1992




Nintendo VirtualBoy - 1994




Sega Nomad - 1995




NeoGeo Pocket - 1996




Nintendo GameBoy Pocket - 1996




Nintendo GameBoy Pocket Light - 1997




Tiger Game.com - 1997




Nintendo GameBoy Color - 1998




Cybiko - 1998




Dreamcast VMU - 1998




Sony PocketStation - 1998




NeoGeo Pocket Color - 1999




Bandai WonderSwan - 1999




Bandai WonderSwan Color - 2000




GamePark GP32 - 2001




Nintendo GameBoy Advance - 2001




Nintendo Pokemon Mini - 2004




Bandai Swan Crystal - 2002




Nokia N-Gage - 2003




Nintendo GameBoy Advance SP - 2003




Timetop Gameking - 2003




Tapwave Zodiac - 2004




Nokia N-Gage QD - 2004




Nintendo DS - 2004




Sony PSP - 2004




Tiger Gizmondo - 2005




Nintendo GameBoy Micro - 2005




GamePark XGP - 2005




V-Smile Pocket - 2005




Ez Mini - 2005




Nintendo DS Lite - 2006

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