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Favorite Nintendo handheld?

Game Boy 0 0%
 
Game Boy Color 1 4.35%
 
Game Boy Advance 5 21.74%
 
Nintendo DS 12 52.17%
 
Nintendo 3DS 5 21.74%
 
Total:23

Similar to the thread about Nintendo consoles, this one covers Nintendo handhelds (will probably make a thread combining the two to find out which one is best overall).

In the spirit of fairness, backwards compatibility and Virtual Console do not count. Also, Switch is not included in this poll.

For me, I would pick the DS because of how much I love the Gen 4 and Gen 5 Pokémon games, as well as PMD. Also, Bowser's Inside Story is one of my favorite Mario games. I have fond memories with Wild World, though not as much as NL & NH.

3DS would probably be second thanks to games like Awakening, Uprising, OoT 3D, ALBW, ACNL and Planet Robobot. Also felt that Gen 6 Pokémon wasn't too bad. It actually almost overtakes the DS in my opinion and it is pretty close.

What's your favorite?



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Nintendo DS. Not the greatest for Nintendos own franchises, but just tons of great games in general.



Why do you make me have to choose?



3DS gets so underrated on this forum and some other forums.

We got the best Animal Crossing up to its time (and basically a game that is equal to New Horizons), a portable Smash, Fire Emblem Awakening, Fire Emblem: Fates, Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, Kid Icarus Uprising, and some others.

Even if we remove ports and remakes from the 3DS first-party line=up, it probably beats the Switch's first-party lineup (again excluding ports and remakes). But that isn't fair, because Switch still has years left (hence why it's excluded in this poll).

The 3DS is the first Nintendo handheld to nail 3D gaming (no, not the 3D effect). For the most part, 3D games on the DS were originally an afterthought. But Nintendo actually bumped up a few specs of the DS after seeing some of the PSP's specs, and made sure to have some 3D titles available.



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Switch: 125 million (was 73, then 96, then 113 million)

PS5: 105 million Xbox Series S/X: 60 million

PS4: 122 mil (was 100 then 130 million) Xbox One: 50 mil (was 50 then 55 mil)

3DS: 75.5 mil (was 73, then 77 million)

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The DS. The only library that can match the amount of classics and hidden gems the DS has is the PS2.



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Shouldnt Switch also be on this list?

Anyways, I went 3DS.
I slightly prefer it to the NDS one.
3ds had alot of good jrpgs.

Wman1996 said:

3DS gets so underrated on this forum and some other forums.

We got the best Animal Crossing up to its time (and basically a game that is equal to New Horizons), a portable Smash, Fire Emblem Awakening, Fire Emblem: Fates, Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, Kid Icarus Uprising, and some others.

Even if we remove ports and remakes from the 3DS first-party line=up, it probably beats the Switch's first-party lineup (again excluding ports and remakes). But that isn't fair, because Switch still has years left (hence why it's excluded in this poll).

The 3DS is the first Nintendo handheld to nail 3D gaming (no, not the 3D effect). For the most part, 3D games on the DS were originally an afterthought. But Nintendo actually bumped up a few specs of the DS after seeing some of the PSP's specs, and made sure to have some 3D titles available.

I agree with you, its underrated on this forum.
However I dont agree with you on, why.

Its not due to animal crossing, portable smash, mario kart 7, kid Icarus upriseing.
(I give you, Zelda aLBWs, and Super mario 3d land, and the Fire Emblem games were pretty good)

its because of how many high quality 3rd party RPGs it had.

its the stuff like:
Bravely default/secound, Dragon Quest VII/VIII, Etrian Mystery Dungeon/Odyssey 1,2,4,5, Ever Oasis, Fantasy Life, Mario & Luigi (1,3,4,5), Persona Q 1+2, SMT IV (part 1+2), Stella Glow, Yo Kai Watch games, Xenoblade Chronicles. ect.

Pussle games;
Captain Toad Tressure tracker, Phoenix Wright /Ace Attorney games, Professor Layton games, Art of Balance , Pushmo games, ect.

That and a few decent platformers too.. . and the 3DS is just a slightly better library for its time, than the NDS was.

Last edited by JRPGfan - on 07 July 2021

DS has an amazing library but I'll pick 3DS as it had my favorite Pokémon game and a real Metroid game, plus many other cool titles. It's hard to not consider backwards compatibility here as I've never owned the original DS, but I think even without those games, I'd pick 3DS.



3Ds's highs were higher for me than they were in the Ds and GBA.
Plus you can play the whole Ds library there as well, so thats the one I'll go with.

If you were to include the Switch - which you should - that'll be the one I'll go with.



3DS. Don't understand why people dislike it



The DS for me, and it's not even close. I have significantly more games for DS than any other handheld.



DS was cutting edge when it came to touch screens in particular. It broke with the first major casual game with Brain Age - which would later become a major genre on mobile. It resurrected point and click games and brought them to new heights with Ace Attorney and Professor Layton - speaking of Ace Attorney, in the European market there was a shortage that drove the resell price of the original game up as high as 20 times the retail price. It was the first handheld to feature the original release of a major RPG with Dragon Quest 9. And it had some really creative and interesting types of titles like Elite Beat Agents and The World Ends with You.

I do agree that the 3DS was underrated, and a lot of that had to do with a combination of factors, most notable being the original 3DS hardware wasn't particularly great, the broken glasses free 3D, 1/10th the battery life of the DS, and high retail price, combined with iOS driving into the portable marketplace like a snowplow through a crowd, made it less appealing to consumers... new3DS fixed two of those issues, but it was too little too late to recreate anything like the DS success. I think the library had a lot of interesting things on it, but I didn't find they were as interesting as the DS releases outside of maybe Street Pass games, which I actually liked quite a lot, and Mario Kart 7 which fixed the connection issues of Mario Kart DS as well as some of the floaty controls and snaking exploit. Other than that, I think the major experience for 3DS was Monster Hunter... while I'd played the game on home consoles before, like Animal Crossing, I felt it was much more at home on handheld.

But anyway, my vote goes to DS simply because it did so much more on the software front. 3DS felt like it smoothed out some of the existing games that appeared first on DS - such as the aforementioned Mario Kart, but the jump was MUCH greater from 3DS to Switch than it was from DS to 3DS. Animal Crossing New Horizons is WAAAAY further ahead of New Leaf as New Leaf was from Wild World, and the time gap is about the same (about 7.5 years). The Switch has also made handhelds obsolete... at least, put them into obsolescence.

I think DS's weak spot, for games I play, was probably Fire Emblem. GBA and 3DS Fire Emblem games destroyed the DS game. Granted, I liked the GBA ones better than the 3DS ones, I'm definitely in the minority on that.

Last edited by Jumpin - on 07 July 2021

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