Nintendo is the king of handheld game systems. There’s simply no denying it. But which one was the best?
For me, it’s the GBA. The Pokemon games on that system are my all-time favorites, the Super Mario Advance series were the best ever versions of those games, the system had countless classic RPG’s and Strategy games like Fire Emblem, Advance Wars, Golden Sun, and a few Final Fantasy’s, and there were tons of awesome hidden gems like Astro Boy: Omega Factor, Gunstar Super Heroes, and Drill Dozer. It’s my favorite Nintendo handheld and I think one of the best consoles Nintendo has ever made.
Close runner-up is the 3DS, which went from being an afterthought at launch to an absolute juggernaut. I got one the year it released and I STILL have games to catch up on.
Even though I grew up on SEGA home consoles, my parents got me the original Game Brick instead of a Game Gear (a good decision, as the latter had a lot of technical problems). Played every iteration of Nintendo’s handhelds since.
I think I’d have to agree the Game Boy Advance was awesome. I loved the Pokemon Gen I remakes, Zelda: The Minish Cap was pure, golden gaming (I still have my Zelda themed GBA SP) and the Sonic Advance trilogy got the adrenaline going (though Advance 2 could get a bit too insane in later levels).
The kings of the GBA games though are both Metroid Fusion and Zero Mission. I love games with a focus on exploration and challenging combat. Zero Mission was easier, but Fusion could get absolutely nuts and I felt like a champion when I beat it.
I also played the original DS quite a bit. 3DS, not so much, I’m afraid. Just don’t have the time, anymore.