Ever since Nintendo made the switch to making electronic games, they have had handheld games. The following is a list of handhelds that Nintendo has released.

Game & Watch

Main article: Game & Watch

Game & Watch Ball

From 1980 to 1991, Nintendo released a line of handheld games called "Game & Watch". Approximately 59 handheld electronic games were made, created by Gunpei Yokoi. They each featured a single game that could be played on an LCD screen, in addition to a clock and an alarm. Some of the titles available in Game & Watch format were games varying from Mickey Mouse to Balloon Fight as well as several Nintendo staples such as Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and Mario Bros.


  • Silver Series (1980)
  • Gold Series (1981)
  • Wide Screen Series (1981)
  • Multi-Screen Series (1982)
  • New Wide Screen Series (1982)
  • Parallel Multi-Screen Series (1983)
  • Tabletop Series (1983)
  • Panorama Series (1983)
  • Super Color Series (1984)
  • Micro Vs. Series (1984)
  • Crystal Series (1986)
  • Dis-kun (1987)
  • Mini Classics (1998)
  • Club Nintendo's "Ball" re release (2010)

Game Boy

Game Boy (Grey Model)

The original Game Boy

The Game Boy' line of handheld consoles was started with the release of the original Game Boy in 1989. In the United States, the Game Boy was a huge success, mainly due to the successful marketing of Nintendo and the packin title, Tetris.

Since then, there has been six more releases (plus one more release in Japan only) in the handheld market by Nintendo, keeping them as the leader in handheld gaming.


Japanese only

Pokemon Mini

Main article: Pokemon Mini

Pokemon Mini

The Pokémon Mini was released in November 2001 in North America and then made its way to Japan a month later and then Europe in March 2002. A total of 15 games were released in the American and European market and then more games in the Japanese market. All the games that were made for it where Pokémon games hence the name of the handheld. The Pokémon mini was discontinued a year later but it still a great collectors item.

Nintendo DS

Main article: Nintendo DS
Nintendo DS - Original Grey Model

The original grey Nintendo DS.

The Nintendo DS first came out in North America on November 21, 2004 and was the first handheld to have a main menu. Although it was a very basic console only pre installed with PictoChat and DS Download Play, it was still a huge success. Eventually the DS Lite came out in early 2006 and was similliar to the original DS, except it was slimmer and more attractive looking. The DS Lite still had the same Pitchochat and DS Download Play however. In 2008 Nintendo made a huge update to the Nintendo DS line and added the Nintendo DSi. They removed the Game Boy Advance slot from the older DS', but the DSi had a camera, a mp3 player/voice recorder, a shop where you can buy games, as well as the older features. Not long after a year later a larger model called the DSi XL (DSi LL in Japan) came out. It was a larger model of a DSi with bigger screens. It also came pre-installed with Brain Age, Photo Clock, Flipnote Studio, and the internet. (The internet was available on the smaller DSi except you had to get it free from the DSiWare shop) The DSi XL also features a large optional stylus but still features the regular stylus. The first model DS was discontinued in 2007 and the DS Lite was discontinued in 2011.


Nintendo 3DS

Main article: Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo 3DS (Blue Model)

Original Nintendo 3DS Aqua Blue Edition

The Nintendo 3DS was released in 2011 and obviously features 3D. It also features some new pre-installed games like Face Raiders, and AR Games. Because of this, the Nintendo 3DS removed the older DSi XL pre-installed games, and lastly, the Nintendo 3DS features a stylus that can go longer, or shorter. Nintendo has announced the Nintendo 3DS XL on June 21, 2012 and it was released on August 19, 2012