Comparison of Nintendo portable consoles

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The following is a comparison of Nintendo handheld game consoles.

Game & Watch

Donkey Kong 2 (Multi Screen), 1983. The Nintendo DS has a similar form.

Game & Watch or G&W is a line of handheld electronic games produced by Nintendo from 1980 to 1991. Created by game designer Gunpei Yokoi, each Game & Watch features a single game to be played on an LCD screen in addition to a clock and an alarm. 43.4 million copies of the 59 games were sold worldwide. It was the earliest Nintendo product to garner major success.[1] The device was known as Tricotronic in Germany.

Games

There were 59 different Game & Watch games produced for sale and one that was only available as a contest prize, making 60 in all.[2] The prize game was given to winners of Nintendo's F-1 Grand Prix tournament, a yellow-cased version of Super Mario Bros. that came in a plastic box modeled after the Disk-kun character Nintendo used to advertise their Famicom Disk System.[3] As only 10,000 units were produced and it was never available for retail sale, the yellow version is considered rare.[2]

Mario the Juggler, released in 1991, was the last game created in the Game & Watch series.[4]Template:Clear

Game Boy and Game Boy Advance lines

The Template:Nihongo line is a line[5] of battery-powered handheld game consoles sold by Nintendo. It is one of the world's best-selling game system lines, with a combined 200+ million units sold worldwide.[6][7] The Game Boy line games (including Game Boy Advance software for Ambassadors) has made a return via the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.

Game Boy

The first is the 8-bit Template:Nihongo, developed since 1986 and released in Japan and in North America in Template:Start date, and in Europe in Template:Start date. It was created by Gunpei Yokoi and Nintendo Research & Development 1—the same staff who had designed the Game & Watch series as well as several popular games for the Nintendo Entertainment System.[8]

In 1996, Nintendo released the Game Boy Pocket: a smaller, lighter unit. The Pocket has a smaller link port, which requires an adapter to link with the older Game Boy. The Game Boy Light was released in 1998[9] and was only available in Japan. The Game Boy Light is only slightly bigger than the Game Boy Pocket and features an Electroluminescent backlight for low-light conditions. Both the Game Boy Pocket and the Game Boy Light require fewer batteries (2 AAA batteries and 2 AA batteries, respectively) than the original Game Boy (4 AA batteries).

Game Boy Color

The Template:Nihongo is the 8-bit[10] successor to the Game Boy, and was released in 1998 in Japan, North America, Europe and Australia. It features a color screen and is slightly thicker and taller than the Game Boy Pocket. It requires 2 AA batteries. The Game Boy and Game Boy Color combined have sold 118.69 million units worldwide.[6][11]

Game Boy Advance

The Template:Nihongo is the 32-bit successor to the Game Boy Color. It was released in Japan, North America, Australia and Europe in 2001; and in the People's Republic of China in 2004 (excluding Hong Kong). The Template:Nihongo, released in 2003,[12] is an upgraded version of the Game Boy Advance. The "SP" in Game Boy Advance SP stands for Special.[13] The SP was marketed at US$99.99 at launch. In September 2004, Nintendo lowered the price to US$79.99. The SP is accompanied by the Nintendo DS (released in 2004) and the Game Boy Micro (released in 2005). The Template:Nihongo, first released in 2005, as another version of the Game Boy Advance, is the last console of the Game Boy line. It is smaller and provides 5 backlight levels.

Comparison

Comparison of the Game Boy game systems
Product line Game Boy Advance Game Boy
Name Game Boy Micro Game Boy Advance SP Game Boy Advance Game Boy Color Game Boy Light Game Boy Pocket Game Boy
Logo Gameboy micro logo.svg Game Boy Advance SP logo.gif Gameboy advance logo.svg Game Boy Color logo.svg Nintendo Game Boy Light Logo.png Nintendo Game Boy Pocket Logo.png Nintendo Game Boy Logo.gif
Console Game-Boy-Micro.png Game-Boy-Advance-SP-Mk1-Blue.png Nintendo-Game-Boy-Advance-Milky-Blue-FL.png Nintendo-Game-Boy-Color-FL.jpg Game-Boy-Light-FL.jpg Game-Boy-Pocket-FL.jpg Game-Boy-FL.jpg
In production colspan=7 Template:N/a
Generation Sixth generation Fifth generation Fourth generation
Release date

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Launch price ¥12,000[14]

US$99.99[15]
€99.99[14]
A$?

¥12,500[16]

US$99[16]
€129.99
A$199.99

¥9,800

US$149.99
€109,99
A$?

¥8,900

US$79.95
A$?

¥6,800 ¥6,800

US$59[17]
A$?

¥12,800

US$89.95
A$?

Units shipped Worldwide: 81.51 million (as of December 31, 2013).[6] Worldwide: 118.69 million (as of December 31, 2013)[6][18]
Best-selling game

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, 13 million combined (as of November 25, 2004)[19]

Pokémon Gold and Silver,
23 million combined[20]

Tetris, 30.26 million (pack-in/separately)
Pokémon Red and Blue, 23.64 million approximately (as of January 18, 2009).[21]

Display 2 in 2.9 in 2.36 in 2.56 in
240 × 160 px[22][23] 160 × 144 px[24][25][26]
511 simultaneous colors in character mode
32,768 simultaneous colors in bitmap mode[22]
10, 32 or 56 simultaneous colors
(from a 32,768 color palette)[26]
4 shades of "gray"[24]

(light to very dark olive green (2-bit))[25]

5 brightness levels Frontlight On/Off toggle (AGS-001)
Backlight Bright/Normal toggle (AGS-101)
Template:N/a Template:N/a Frontlight On/Off toggle Template:N/a Template:N/a
Audio 6 channels
(two 8-bit "Direct Sound" PCM channels, plus the 4 channels from Game Boy)
4 channels
(2 square wave channels, 1 PCM 4-bit wave sample channel, 1 noise channel and 1 audio input from the cartridge)[24][26]
Single mono speaker[24][27]
Stereo headphone jack
(standard)[27]
Stereo headphone jack
(for headphones specifically designed for the GBA SP)
Stereo headphone jack
(standard)[26]
Processor 16.8 MHz 32-bit ARM7TDMI
4 or 8 MHz 8-bit Z80 coprocessor for Game Boy and Game Boy Color emulation, and as a tone generator in Game Boy Advance games
4 or 8 MHz 8-bit Zilog Z80 4.19 MHz 8-bit custom Sharp LR35902
Memory 256 kB WRAM (outside the CPU)
32 kB + 96 kB VRAM (internal to the CPU)
32 kB RAM
16 kB VRAM
8 kB S-RAM[28] (can be extended up to 32 kB)[25]
8 kB VRAM[24]
Physical media Game Boy Advance Game Cartridge (2-32 MB) Game Boy Advance Game Cartridge (2-32 MB)

Game Boy Color Game Cartridge
Game Boy Game Cartridge
(32 kB - 1 MB)

Game Boy Color Game Cartridge

Game Boy Game Cartridge
(32 kB - 1 MB)

Game Boy Game Cartridge (32 kB - 1 MB)[24]
Input controls
  • D-pad
  • A/B, L/R, and START/SELECT buttons
  • D-pad
  • A/B and START/SELECT buttons
Batteries 460 mAh lithium-ion battery 700 mAh lithium-ion battery[29]
  • 18 hours (AGS-001 light off)
  • 10 hours (AGS-001 light on)[16][30]
2 AA batteries
  • 15 hours

(dependent on the Game Pak being played and volume setting)[31]

2 AA batteries 2 AA batteries
  • 20 hours (light off)
  • 12 hours (light on)[32]
2 AAA batteries 4 AA batteries
Connectivity Fourth generation link port Third generation link port Second generation link port First generation link port
colspan="3" Template:N/a Infrared port colspan="3" Template:N/a
Weight 80 g 142 g 140 g 138 g[33] 190 g[32] 150 g[34] 220 g[35]
Dimensions

101 mm W
50 mm D
17.2 mm H

84 mm W
82 mm D
24 mm H

144 mm W
82 mm D
24.5 mm H

75 mm W
133 mm D
27 mm H

80 mm W
135 mm D
29 mm H[32]

77.6 mm W
127.6 mm D
25.3 mm H[34]

90 mm W
148 mm D
32 mm H

Colors and styles List of Game Boy colors and styles
Regional lockout No
List of games List of Game Boy Advance games List of Game Boy Color games List of games for the original Game Boy
Backward compatibility Template:N/a[36] Game Boy
Game Boy Color[22]
Game Boy colspan=3 Template:N/a

Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS lines

Nintendo DS

The Template:Nihongo is a dual-screen handheld game console developed and released by Nintendo. The device was the first Nintendo game console to launch outside Japan when it went on sale in North America on November 21, 2004. The DS, short for "dual screen",[37] introduced distinctive new features to handheld gaming: an LCD screen working in tandem with a touchscreen, a built-in microphone, and support for wireless connectivity.[38] Both screens are encompassed within a clamshell design similar to the Game Boy Advance SP. The Nintendo DS also features the ability for multiple DS consoles to directly interact with each other over Wi-Fi within a short range without the need to connect to an existing wireless network. Alternatively, they can interact online using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service.

Prior to its release, the Nintendo DS was marketed as a "third pillar" in Nintendo's console lineup, meant to complement the Game Boy Advance and GameCube. However, backward compatibility with Game Boy Advance titles and strong sales ultimately established the new handheld console as the successor to the Game Boy series. On March 2, 2006, Nintendo launched the Nintendo DS Lite, a slimmer and lighter redesign of the original Nintendo DS with brighter screens. On November 1, 2008, Nintendo released the Nintendo DSi, another redesign with several hardware improvements and new features. As of December 31, 2013, all Nintendo DS models combined have sold 153.98 million units,[6] making it the best selling handheld game console to date.

Nintendo 3DS

The Template:Nihongo is a portable game console produced by Nintendo. It is an autostereoscopic device capable of projecting stereoscopic 3D effects without the use of 3D glasses or additional accessories.[39] Nintendo announced the device in March 2010 and officially unveiled it at E3 2010 on June 15, 2010.[40][41] The console succeeds the Nintendo DS, featuring backward compatibility with older Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi video games,[39] and competes with the Sony PlayStation Vita handheld console.[42]

The Nintendo 3DS was first released on February 26, 2011.[43][44] Less than six months later on July 28, 2011, Nintendo announced a significant price reduction from US$249 to US$169 and disappointing sales.[45] The company offered ten free Nintendo Entertainment System games and ten free Game Boy Advance games from the Nintendo eShop to consumers who bought the system at the original launch price.[46]

A partially redesigned version of the console, the Nintendo 3DS XL, was released on July 28, 2012. It features screens that are 90% larger than the original Nintendo 3DS.[47]

Comparison

Product line Nintendo 3DS Nintendo DS
Name New Nintendo 3DS New Nintendo 3DS XL Nintendo 2DS Nintendo 3DS XL Nintendo 3DS Nintendo DSi XL Nintendo DSi Nintendo DS Lite Nintendo DS
Logo 130px 130px Logo-nintendo2ds.png Nintendo 3DS XL logo.png Nintendo 3ds logo.svg Nintendo DSi XL logo.svg Nintendo DSi logo.svg Nintendo DS Lite logo.svg Nintendo DS Logo.svg
Console New Nintendo 3DS New Nintendo 3DS XL Nintendo 2DS Nintendo 3DS XL Nintendo 3DS Nintendo DSi XL An opened clamshell dual-screen handheld device. A camera is embedded in the internal hinge. Nintendo DS Lite An original Nintendo DS
In production colspan="4" Template:Yes colspan="5" Template:No
Generation Eighth generation Seventh generation
Release date

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Template:Vgrelease Template:Vgrelease Template:Vgrelease Template:Vgrelease

Template:Vgrelease Template:Vgrelease Template:Vgrelease Template:Vgrelease

Template:Vgrelease Template:Vgrelease Template:Vgrelease Template:Vgrelease

Template:Vgrelease Template:Vgrelease Template:Vgrelease Template:Vgrelease

Template:Vgrelease Template:Vgrelease Template:Vgrelease Template:Vgrelease

Launch price ¥16000

£
A$219.95
¥18800
US$199.99

£
A$249.95
US$129.99
€129.99
£109.99
A$149.95
¥18,900
US$199.99
€199.99
£179.99
A$249.95[48]
¥25,000
US$249.99[49]
€249.99
£209.99
A$349.95
¥20,000
US$189.99[50]
€179.99
£159.99
A$299.95
¥18,900
US$169.99
€169.99
£149.99
A$299.95
¥16,800
US$129.99
€149.99
£99.99
A$199.95
¥15,000[51]
US$149.99[51]
€149.99
£99.99
A$199.95
Current price colspan="2" Template:N/a US$79.99

£
A$ Same as launch
¥18,000
US$174.99

£
A$ Discontinued
Template:N/a colspan="4" Template:N/a
Units shipped Worldwide: 54.34 million (Template:As of)[52] Worldwide: 154.01 million (as of September 30, 2015)[53]
Best-selling game Pokémon X and Y, 12 million units (as of July 7, 2012) New Super Mario Bros., 30.38 million units (as of July 7, 2012)
3D enabled colspan="2" Template:Yes Template:No colspan="2" Template:Yes colspan="4" Template:No
Display Autostereoscopic (3D) Autostereoscopic (3D) 3.52 in (90 mm) Stereoscopic (3D) 4.88 in (124 mm)[54] Stereoscopic (3D) 3.53 in (90 mm)[54] 4.2 in (107 mm) 3.25 in (83 mm) 3.12 in (79 mm) 3.0 in (76 mm)
Upper: 800 × 240 px (400 × 240 WQVGA per eye) 256 × 192 px (both screens)[51]
Lower: 320 × 240 QVGA
approximately 16.77 million colors[54] 262,144 colors[55]
5 brightness levels 5 brightness levels 4 brightness levels Backlight On/Off toggle
Architecture ARM11 ARM9 / ARM7
Processor Quad Core Dual Core Single Core (133 MHz) + Single Core (33 MHz) Single Core (67 MHz) + Single Core (33 MHz)
Graphics Digital Media Professionals PICA200[56] Nintendo proprietary
Memory 256 MB FCRAM 128 MB FCRAM[57] 16 MB PSRAM 4 MB SRAM
(expandable via Game Boy Advance slot)
Camera One front-facing and two outward-facing 0.3 MP (VGA) sensors[54] Front-facing and outward-facing 0.3 MP sensors colspan="2" align="center" Template:N/a
Storage 4 GB MicroSDHC Card included[58]
(expandable up to 128 GB via SD/SDHC/SDXC cards)
4 GB SD Card included[59]
(expandable up to 128 GB via SD/SDHC/SDXC cards)
2 GB SD Card included[60]
(expandable up to 128 GB via SD/SDHC/SDXC cards)
Expandable up to 32 GB via SD/SDHC card slot colspan="2" align="center" Template:N/a
Physical media New Nintendo 3DS Game Card (1-8 GB)

Nintendo 3DS Game Card (1-8 GB)
Nintendo DSi Game Card (8-512 MB)
Nintendo DS Game Card (8-512 MB)

Nintendo 3DS Game Card (1-8 GB)

Nintendo DSi Game Card (8-512 MB)
Nintendo DS Game Card (8-512 MB)

Nintendo DSi Game Card (8-512 MB)

Nintendo DS Game Card (8-512 MB)

Nintendo DS Game Card (8-512 MB)
Game Boy Advance Game Pak (2-32 MB)
Input controls
  • D-pad
  • A/B/X/Y, L/R, and START/SELECT buttons
  • Touchscreen
  • Microphone
  • Camera
  • D-pad
  • A/B/X/Y, L/R, and START/SELECT buttons
  • Touchscreen
  • Microphone[51]
Battery Retains same battery as former 3DS counterpart Retains same battery as former 3DS XL counterpart 1250 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • 3.5–5.5 hours (determined by screen brightness, Wi-Fi and sound volume)[61]
1750 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • 3.5–6.5 hours (determined by screen brightness, Wi-Fi, sound volume, and 3D effect)[62][63]
1300 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • 3–5 hours (determined by screen brightness, Wi-Fi, sound volume, and 3D effect)[54]
1050 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • 13–17 hours (on the lowest brightness setting)
  • 4–5 hours (on the brightest)[64]
840 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • 9–14 hours (on the lowest brightness setting)
  • 3–4 hours (on the brightest)[64]
1000 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • 15–19 hours (on the lowest brightness setting)
  • 5–8 hours (on the brightest)[65]
850 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • 6–10 hours
    (determined by screen brightness, wireless, and sound volume)[51]
Connectivity
  • Integrated 802.11b/g
    (only compatible with WEP or unencrypted networks while playing regular Nintendo DS games)[66]
  • Integrated 802.11 (legacy mode)
    (only compatible with WEP or unencrypted networks)[67]
Stylus 96 mm (3.8 in) long[68] Extendable up to 100 mm long[54] 96 mm long × 4.9 mm wide 92 mm long × 4.9 mm wide 87.5 mm long × 4.9 mm wide 75 mm long × 4 mm wide
Weight 253 g 329 g 260 g 336 g[63] 235 g[69] 314 g 214 g 218 g 275 g
Dimensions

142 mm W
80.6 mm D
21.6 mm H

160 mm W
93.5 mm D
21.5 mm H

144 mm W
127 mm D
20.3 mm H

156 mm W
93 mm D
22 mm H [63]

134 mm W
74 mm D
22 mm H [54]

161 mm W
91.4 mm D
21.2 mm H

137 mm W
74.9 mm D
18.9 mm H

133 mm W
73.9 mm D
21.5 mm H

148.7 mm W
84.7 mm D
28.9 mm H[51]

Colors and styles List of Nintendo 3DS colors and styles List of Nintendo DS colors and styles
Online services Nintendo Network Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection
Preloaded applications
  • Nintendo DS/DSi Game Card launcher
  • Brain Age Reading
  • Brain Age Math
  • DS Download Play
  • Nintendo DSi Browser
  • Nintendo DSi Camera
  • Nintendo DSi Shop
  • Nintendo DSi Sound
  • PictoChat[51]
  • Flipnote Studio
  • System Settings
Regional lockout colspan="5" align="center" Template:No colspan="2" align="center" Template:No colspan="2" align="center" Template:Yes
List of games List of Nintendo 3DS games List of Nintendo DS games
Backward compatibility

Nintendo Game Cards

Nintendo DS/DSi Game Card

Downloadable only

colspan="2" Template:N/a Game Boy Advance Game Pak
(single-player only)

Software compatibility

Software compatibility[70]
Software Hardware
Nintendo 3DS[a]
Nintendo 3DS XL[a]
Nintendo 2DS
New Nintendo 3DS[a]
New Nintendo 3DS XL[a]
Nintendo DSi
Nintendo DSi XL
Nintendo DS
Nintendo DS Lite
Game Boy Micro[d]
Game Boy Advance
Game Boy Advance SP
Game Boy Color Game Boy
Game Boy Pocket
Game Boy Light
3DS Template:Y Template:N Template:N Template:N Template:N Template:N Template:N
DSi (DSi-exclusive)
and DSiWare
Template:Y[a] Template:Y Template:N Template:N Template:N Template:N Template:N
DS Template:Y[a][b] Template:Y[b] Template:Y Template:N Template:N Template:N Template:N
GBA Template:Y
(Ambassadors only)
Template:N Template:Y
(single-player only)
Template:Y Template:Y Template:N Template:N
GBC Template:Y[a][c]
(some via Virtual Console)
Template:N Template:N Template:N Template:Y Template:Y Template:N
GB Template:Y[a][c]
(some via Virtual Console)
Template:N Template:N Template:N Template:Y Template:Y Template:Y

^ a Only 3DS software can be played in 3D. DS and DSiWare software will be displayed in 2D.
^ b Playthrough and features in some DS games that require use of accessories in the GBA slot cannot be completed on the system that lack GBA slot.
^ c GBC and GB games available only via the eShop are playable on the Nintendo 3DS system. Physical cartridges remain incompatible.
^ d Albeit it possesses the Z80 processor and graphics hardware of previous Game Boy Advance models, the Game Boy Micro is unable to play GBC and GB games due to design changes.

Size comparison

See also

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