3ds is the worst Nintendo portable. But the worst portable Nintendo is good enough yet.
Worst performing, yes. A lot of that has to do with market forces. Worst in general, the original GBA says hi.
While the original 3DS couldn’t do 3D correctly without aiming it at a certain angle, the GBA couldn’t do visuals (as in you couldn’t see anything on the goddamn screen) without aiming it at a certain angle of a bright external light source.
With some retrospective you Can Say that ( now in 2021). But back in the days and especially After experiencing the original GB/GBC , was the GBA really an issue? In fact the SP model was the step forward. It was like a Dream come true.
Like i Said, it's only now that we have become able to judge the GBA compared to its successors. Whereas, the 3DS was somehow a let down and it was as confusing as the WiiU, with people thinking that it was a New DS model with useless 3D that made the console expensive for an option that everyone turned off later on.
GBA didnt start as a Bad console unlike the 3DS that everybody thought that something is wrong about it in all the aspects.