The home console may have broken into the mainstream first with systems like the Atari 2600 and Nintendo Entertainment System, but the handheld was not far behind. The Game Boy revolutionized the industry for a second time in just a few years, letting players take their favorite games with them on the go–albeit in a limited form–and subsequent systems brought us closer to parity between the handheld consoles and their big siblings. There have been a ton of handheld game consoles released over the years, but the 10 best handheld systems stand out with excellent game lineups, great hardware, unique features, or some combination of the three.
10. Game Gear
Sega’s answer to the Game Boy was, like the Sega Genesis, designed to show a clear superiority to Nintendo’s own system. The Game Gear, unlike the Game Boy, was in color! You could play Sonic on it, and the game looked almost as good as it did on the Genesis! The Game Gear was very impressive on a technical level, and despite not having the same smash-hits the Game Boy had–particularly with Tetris–it did still feature a bunch of memorable games. Versions of Gunstar Heroes, Out Run, Streets of Rage, Shinobi, and Ecco the Dolphin? For a console that didn’t establish the same brand power as Game Boy, the Game Gear sure did deliver.
9. Sega Nomad
Look, the Sega Nomad isn’t exactly one of Sega’s biggest success stories. It didn’t make much of a dent in the market and Sega certainly didn’t continue investing resources in handheld systems. However, it’s also an undeniably cool console, as it was essentially just a handheld Sega Genesis. While some accessories weren’t supported, players could basically take any Genesis game they wanted on the go, playing it just like they would at home, Sure, the Turbo Express–a similar idea for the TurboGrafx 16–did this first, but the Genesis’ software lineup was a lot beefier. Even now, if you have a library of Genesis games and don’t own a CRT TV, the Nomad may be a better option for you than plugging your console into a new TV.
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