List of Nintendo systems

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The following are a list of video game systems Nintendo has released. This list includes both home consoles and handhelds.


Home consoles

Name Description
Nintendo color tv game 15
Color TV Game series
The Color TV Game series includes five different pieces of hardware, each one with a unique game. Color TV Game systems did not have interchangeable cartridges, so each console could only play a single title. (1977-1979)
Nintendo Entertainment System Model
Nintendo Entertainment System
The Nintendo Entertainment System was one of Nintendo's largest successes. Unlike the Color TV Games, the NES could play different titles that could be purchased at the store. (1985)
Super Nintendo North America Model
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System featured enhanced graphics, a brand new controller, and more. (1991)
Nintendo 64
The Nintendo 64 featured greatly improved 3D graphics and a new controller that introduced the modern joystick. It was also the first home console to have four controller ports built into the system. (1996)
Nintendo GameCube Purple Model
The GameCube featured enhanced graphics and a new controller. The games came on mini-discs. It was the first Nintendo home console to solely use a disc format for games. (2001)
Panasonic Q
The Panasonic Q is a hybrid version of the Nintendo GameCube with the ability to play DVDs, Audio CDs, MP3s and CDs as well as several other new features. It was only released in Japan. (2001)
The Nintendo Wii
The Wii featured motion controls, a new online system and slightly improved graphics. The graphical change wasn't nearly as dramatic as previous console transitions. The newer black, red, and blue models do not support Gamecube games.(2006)
Wii Mini
The Wii Mini is a smaller version of the Wii console that lacks most Wii features like internet connectivity and Gamecube backwards capability. It was released in North America, and Europe. (2012)
Wii U - White 2
Wii U
The Wii U features a new controller known as the Wii U GamePad, which has a 6.2" touch screen built into it. It also boasts new 1080p HD graphics (only on the TV screen). It has a NFC chip used to scan in Amiibo (2012)


Name Description
Game & Watch
Small, portable LCD games starring who is known today as Mr. Game and Watch. There have been 60 different variations of the Game & Watch system. (1980)
Game Boy (Grey Model)
Game Boy
The Game Boy was the first portable, interchangeable cartridge handheld by Nintendo. (1989)
Virtual Boy
The first Nintendo console with 3D graphics, the concept was to create a virtual reality experience. The system featured a pair of goggles to look into which sent a slightly different image to each eye, creating the 3D effect. The graphics could only be displayed in red and black. The system reportedly caused headaches and nausea, leading to low sales. It was discontinued less than a year after it was released. (1995)
Game Boy Pocket (Model)
Game Boy Pocket
Similar to the Game Boy except it is a more slimmed down version with a monochrome screen rather than the pea soup screen. (1996)
Game Boy Light (Model)
Game Boy Light
Native to Japan. Similliar to the Game Boy Pocket except it featured a backlit screen for playing in the dark. (1997)
Pokémon Pikachu
The Pokémon Pikachu is a virtual pet toy and pedometer similar to a Tomogachi. The player takes care of a virtual pet Pikachu. (1998)
Game Boy Color - Purple Model
Game Boy Color
Similar to the Game Boy, but with color graphics. It also had many technical enhancements, including a more powerful processor and an infrared wireless link-up port. (1998)
Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS
The Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS is a virtual pet toy and pedometer. Unlike the original Pokémon Pikachu, the player doesn't have to take care of Pikachu. (1999)
Game Boy Advance Purple Model
Game Boy Advance
The Game Boy Advance was a major improvement over the Game Boy Color with a new handheld shape, shoulder buttons and better graphics. (2001)
Pokémon Mini
The Pokemon Mini is a Nintendo handheld themed around Pokémon. Only 10 games were made for it. The Nintendo GameCube game, Pokémon Channel, features a Pokémon Mini emulator and six games. (2001)
Game Boy Advance SP Red Model
Game Boy Advance SP
The Game Boy Advance SP was the first Game Boy to have a clamshell design much like the Nintendo DS. The Game Boy Advance SP featured much better graphics. (2003)
Game Boy Micro - Grey Model
Game Boy Micro
Was the last Game Boy in the line and was the smallest handheld ever released. Featured a lack of backwards compatibility. (2005)
Nintendo DS - Original Grey Model
Nintendo DS
The Nintendo DS featured two screens, the bottom one being a touch screen. The system also had enhanced graphics. It featured backwards compatibility with Game Boy Advance games and was often criticized for its chunky design. (2004)
Nintendo DS Lite Console
Nintendo DS Lite
This was the first redesign of the Nintendo DS line. It was a more slimmed down like Nintendo DS and featured a brighter screen. (2006)
Nintendo DSis
Nintendo DSi
The second redesign of the Nintendo DS line. It was the first Nintendo handheld to feature multimedia. It featured a 0.3 megapixel camera that you could have fun with by editing pictures etc. It also featured a music app where you could record your voice and then play around with it. You could also listen to actual music. Lastly it featured the shop app where you could download games etc. (2008)
Nintendo DSi XLs
Nintendo DSi XL
This was the last redesign of the Nintendo DS line. It was the same as the Nintendo DSi except it featured a bigger and slimmer design with new 4.3" dual-screens. (2010)
Nintendo 3DS (Blue Model)
Nintendo 3DS
The Nintendo 3DS can produce 3D graphics on the top screen without the need for glasses. It also includes a portable Mii Maker and Streetpass. (2011)
Nintendo 3DS XL Black
Nintendo 3DS XL
In a similar manner to the Nintendo DSi XL. The 3DS XL was released on July 21, 2012 in Japan and on August 19, 2012 in the USA and other countries. The 3DS XL features even bigger 5" screens. (2012)
Nintendo 2DS
Nintendo 2DS
The Nintendo 2DS is a redesign of the Nintendo 3DS, which uses mostly the same software, but differs in physical design. It features a more solid, tablet-like design as opposed to the Nintendo 3DS' clamshell design. (2013)
New Nintendo 3DS
The New Nintendo 3DS is a revision of the Nintendo 3DS, with new features like Amiibo and the Face Plates. The console also has a 3D screen which can be view in different angles and two new buttons and an additional control nub. (2014/2015)
New Nintendo 3DS XL
The New Nintendo 3DS XL is a bigger version of the New Nintendo 3DS. (2014/2015)

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  • Nintendo 2Ds or Nintendo 3Ds?

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    • The Nintendo 2Ds seems so cool on how you can play 2Ds AND 3Ds games on it, because I have a Ds lite right now and a lot of the good games are...
    • I would say the 3DS, but you can play both 3DS games and DS games on both systems so just get the one you like the most.
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    • I have the XL. I love it. 1.larger screen. 2.longer battery life. (No, seriously.) 3. more appealing design.
    • For some reason, 3DS games look much better even though the resolution stayed the same.

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