Handheld game console

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A handheld game console, or simply handheld console, is a small, portable self-contained video game console with a built-in screen, game controls, and speakers.wikipedia
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Home video game console

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Handheld game consoles are smaller than home video game consoles and contain the console, screen, speakers, and controls in one unit, allowing people to carry them and play them at any time or place.
Home consoles are one type of video game consoles, in contrast to the handheld game consoles which are smaller and portable, allowing people to carry them and play them at any time or place, along with microconsoles and dedicated consoles.

Video game console

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A handheld game console, or simply handheld console, is a small, portable self-contained video game console with a built-in screen, game controls, and speakers.
There are various types of video game consoles, including home video game consoles, handheld game consoles, microconsoles and dedicated consoles.

Microvision

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The oldest true handheld game console with interchangeable cartridges is the Milton Bradley Microvision in 1979.
The Microvision is the first handheld game console that used interchangeable cartridges.

Mattel Auto Race

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In 1976, Mattel introduced the first handheld electronic game with the release of Auto Race.
Mattel Auto Race is the first in the line of many Mattel Electronics games, and is credited with being the first handheld game that was entirely digital, only with solid-state electronics and without mechanical components, even predating the Milton Bradley Company's Microvision, having no moving mechanisms except the controls and on/off switch.

Nintendo

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Nintendo is credited with popularizing the handheld console concept with the release of the Game Boy in 1989 and continues to dominate the handheld console market.
In 1979, Gunpei Yokoi conceived the idea of a handheld video game, while observing a fellow bullet train commuter who passed the time by interacting idly with a portable LCD calculator, which gave birth to Game & Watch.

Handheld electronic game

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In 1976, Mattel introduced the first handheld electronic game with the release of Auto Race.
They are the precursors to the handheld game console.

Atari Lynx

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By this point, rechargeable battery technology had not yet matured and so the more advanced game consoles of the time such as the Sega Game Gear and Atari Lynx did not have nearly as much success as the Game Boy.
The Atari Lynx is an 16-bit handheld game console that was released by Atari Corporation in September 1989 in North America, and in Europe and Japan in 1990.

Nintendo DS

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Modern game systems such as the Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable have rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries with proprietary shapes.
The Nintendo DS, or simply DS, is a dual-screen handheld game console developed and released by Nintendo.

Game Boy Color

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By the end of the year more than a million units were sold in the US. As of March 31, 2005, the Game Boy and Game Boy Color combined to sell over 118 million units worldwide.
The Game Boy Color (GBC) is a handheld game console manufactured by Nintendo, which was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan and was released in November of the same year in international markets.

Tomytronic 3D

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In 1983, Takara Tomy's Tomytronic 3D simulates 3D by having two LCD panels that were lit by external light through a window on top of the device, making it the first dedicated home video 3D hardware.
The Tomytronic 3D is a series of portable, handheld gaming devices released by Takara Tomy Co., Ltd.

TurboExpress

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Its Japanese equivalent is the PC Engine GT.
The TurboExpress is a handheld video game console by NEC Home Electronics, released in late 1990 in Japan and the United States as the TurboExpress Handheld Entertainment System. It is essentially a portable version of the TurboGrafx-16 home console that came two to three years earlier, and was released as the PC Engine GT in Japan.

Genesis Nomad

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Sega eventually chose to shelve the idea and instead release the Genesis Nomad, a handheld version of the Genesis, as the successor.
The Genesis Nomad (also known as Sega Nomad) is a handheld game console by Sega released in North America in October 1995.

Game Boy

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Nintendo is credited with popularizing the handheld console concept with the release of the Game Boy in 1989 and continues to dominate the handheld console market.
The Game Boy is an 8-bit handheld game console which was developed and manufactured by Nintendo and first released on April 21, 1989, in North America on July 31, 1989, and in Europe on September 28, 1990.

List of commercial failures in video gaming

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Due to its high price, short battery life, production shortages, a dearth of compelling games, and Nintendo's aggressive marketing campaign, and despite a redesign in 1991, the Lynx became a commercial failure.
Released in 1989 in North America and Europe; later in Japan in 1990 by Atari Corporation, The Lynx is an 8 bit handheld game console that holds the distinction of being the world's first handheld electronic game system with a color LCD.

Game Gear

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By this point, rechargeable battery technology had not yet matured and so the more advanced game consoles of the time such as the Sega Game Gear and Atari Lynx did not have nearly as much success as the Game Boy.
The Game Gear is an 8-bit fourth generation handheld game console released by Sega on October 6, 1990 in Japan, in April throughout North America and Europe, and during 1992 in Australia.

Waco (toymaker)

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Handheld electronic games, in turn, find their origins in the synthesis of previous handheld and tabletop electro-mechanical devices such as Waco's Electronic Tic-Tac-Toe (1972) Cragstan's Periscope-Firing Range (1951), and the emerging optoelectronic-display-driven calculator market of the early 1970s.
It was known for manufacturing the handheld game Electro Tic-Tac-Toe.

ROM cartridge

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The oldest true handheld game console with interchangeable cartridges is the Milton Bradley Microvision in 1979.
While the standard size of optical media dictates a minimum size for devices which can read disks, ROM cartridges can be manufactured in different sizes, allowing for smaller devices like handheld game systems.

Thin Chen Enterprise

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Watara designed many of the games themselves, but did receive some third party support, most notably from Sachen.
Thin Chen Enterprise (full name Sheng Qian Enterprise Co., Ltd ), also known as Sachen, was a Taiwanese company that developed several original games for the NES, Mega Drive, Game Boy and other early cartridge-based handheld systems such as the Watara Supervision and Mega Duck.

Neo Geo Pocket

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It came after SNK's original Neo Geo Pocket monochrome handheld, which debuted in 1998 in Japan.
The Neo Geo Pocket is a monochrome handheld game console released by SNK.

Game Boy Micro

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In 2005, the Game Boy Micro was released.
The Game Boy Micro (stylized as GAME BOY micro) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo.

Bandai

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Soon, other manufacturers including Coleco, Parker Brothers, Milton Bradley, Entex, and Bandai began following up with their own tabletop and handheld electronic games.
Bandai has also released a series of handheld game consoles including the WonderSwan, WonderSwan Color and Swan Crystal.

N-Gage (device)

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The most well known of these was "sidetalking", or the act of placing the phone speaker and receiver on an edge of the device instead of one of the flat sides, causing the user to appear as if they are speaking into a taco.
The N-Gage is a PDA combining features of a telephone and a handheld game system developed by Nokia, announced on 4 November 2002 and released on 7 October 2003.

Nintendo DS Lite

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In January 2006, Nintendo revealed an updated version of the DS: the Nintendo DS Lite (released on March 2, 2006, in Japan) with an updated, smaller form factor (42% smaller and 21% lighter than the original Nintendo DS), a cleaner design, longer battery life, and brighter, higher-quality displays, with adjustable brightness.
The Nintendo DS Lite is a dual-screen handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo.

Game Boy Advance

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It has an SD card storage slot in place of the Game Boy Advance slot, plus internal flash memory for storing downloaded games.
The Game Boy Advance (GBA) is a 32-bit handheld video game console developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo as the successor to the Game Boy Color.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

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A handful of games use this feature, most notably Animal Crossing, Pac-Man Vs., Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Metroid Prime, and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle.
The Game Boy Advance handheld game console can be used as a controller when using the Nintendo GameCube – Game Boy Advance link cable bundled with the game in North America and Europe.