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Mobile shrunk old fashioned handhelds dramatically, there's just not much arguing

DS (150 million) + PSP (80+ million) going to 3DS (77 million) + Vita (15 million). That's a massive reduction.

Switch isn't a traditional handheld though even though it can function as such if need be. It's a portable console that can run fairly high end games including Nintendo's home console lineage of games. So that is a difference.

People associate portables like 3DS and Vita with smaller scale, non-console type games almost exclusively and those skewed too close to mobile gaming's territory. 

Last edited by Soundwave - on 17 March 2021