History of Nintendo Handheld Consoles

For this assignment, I had to pick something to make a video showing the change in how it looks over the years. The assignment suggested technology. My first piece of tech I really loved was my DS Lite (I had 3-they kept breaking on me. I wasn’t that hard on them) and then later was my 3DS, which I still have (somewhere). So, I decided to go with the Nintendo handheld console history.

I used https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_video_game_consoles#Portable_consoles and http://nintendo.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Nintendo_handhelds to find information and pictures. I didn’t want to just do pictures with nothing (I had to at least do dates, like the assignment said).

So, the pictures I used were the ones on that Wikipedia page. However, I did have some choice, as when there were multiple pictures of the same product, I tried to choose gray consoles, so they would match and it would be easier to tell the differences and not get distracted by color. After I got all of the pictures and uploaded the folder of them into the Microsoft Photos app, I then put them into a new project. I add plain black pictures to put the intro and console line texts on. I then went through each line of consoles and first made the intro slide, where it talks about the dates, and then went through and put in for each slide what the date was. I cross-checked between Wikipedia and the wiki to make sure that I had the right dates and consoles. Finally, I added in the slides giving the descriptions of the lines of consoles-I figured that would be interesting and useful information to distinguish the different consoles. The font I used for all of the text was called “Pixel”, and I chose it because it looked retro and video-gamey. Finally, I also added music that I found in the YouTube Audio Library that sounded tech-y, to go along with this text.

This assignment was not massively difficult, just time consuming. Even the bibliography/citations below took a while. I feel like I did learn a lot in the process though!

This is the assignment that I made this for:



This is the music that I used (in the YouTube Audio Library it doesn’t mention attribution)

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Here are all the pictures I used:


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Game & Watch Ball – Nintendo (1980) Model AC-01 (as you can see on the manual cover in the photo)

Joshua Murphy



Manhole – Game&Watch – Nintendo

Cropped from https://www.flickr.com/photos/xabi/2298137793/

Xabi Vazquez, user of Flickr



Game & Watch – Parachute game




Oil Panic – Game&watch – Nintendo


babbagecabbage, user of Flickr



Nintendo Game&Watch: Donkey Kong Jr.

cropped from https://www.flickr.com/photos/frenkieb/211793774/

Francis Bijl (frenkieb), user of flickr



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The Game & Watch game “Donkey Kong jr” in tabletop version.


Jörgen Jörälv



Snoopy (Panorama) – Game&Watch – Nintendo


Xabi Vazquez, user of Flickr



Spitball Sparky – Game&Watch – Nintendo

Rotaated, cropped, normalized, changed perspective from https://www.flickr.com/photos/xabi/2298930684/

Xabi Vazquez, user of Flickr



Punch Out!! (also known as Boxing) – Game&Watch – Nintendo

cropped and normalized from https://www.flickr.com/photos/xabi/2298926162/

Xabi Vazquez, user of Flickr



Super Mario Bros. (cristalscreen) – Game&Watch – Nintendo

Based on File:Festival du Jeu Vidéo – 2010-09-11 – Game & Watch Climber – Super Mario Bros. – Spitball Sparky.jpg

Jesmar modified by Arosio Stefano



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English: An original Nintendo Game Boy.

Deutsch: Der originale Nintendo Game Boy




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The Game Boy Pocket, a gaming handheld released by Nintendo in 1996. It is a redesign of the original Game Boy hardware, released seven years earlier. It features a drastically improved screen and is much smaller than the previous model. It also has better battery life, running on 2 AAA batteries instead of the 4 AAs used by the previous model.

This is the first model, which was avaiable in silver with a silver LCD bezel. Later models would add different colors with a black bezel as well an LED battery-indicator light.




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The Game Boy Light, a gaming handheld released by Nintendo in 1998. It is a redesign of the original Game Boy hardware, released nine years earlier. It shares many design aesthetics of the Game Boy Pocket from 1996, but adds a backlight and goes from using 2 AAA to 2 AA batteries. This model was only released in Japan and was quickly replaced by the Game Boy Color, which was released later that year.




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English: A yellow Game Boy Color by Nintendo. Picture taken of a unit in a display case at the Nintendo Store in NYC.




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English: The Game Boy Advance (GBA), a 32-bit handheld gaming system made by Nintendo and released in 2001. This is the first model in the GBA line-up, which features a non-backlit color screen and runs off of two AA batteries. This is a “Glacier” model, a semi-transparent blue, that was one of the three colors available for the North American launch




A blue Game Boy Advance SP, a handheld game system made by Nintendo. This is a Mark 1 model that incorporated a front-lit screen.




English: A beat-up Game Boy Micro, the last hardware version of the Game Boy Advance.




English: Photograph of my “Wooper blue” Pokémon mini.

Sesu Prime



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English: An original Nintendo DS “Fat” in blue.




A black Nintendo DS Lite, shown open.




English: The Nintendo DSi. This is a redesign of the Nintendo DS that adds larger screens, cameras, and the addition of downloadable games through the DSi shop.




The Nintendo DSi XL in burgundy.




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English: A Nintendo 3DS in Aqua Blue, photo taken during the 3DS launch event in NYC.




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The Nintendo 3DS XL handheld gaming console, shown opened. The 3DS XL is a hardware revision of the original 3DS console, offered alongside the 3DS as an alternative model. It is much larger than the 3DS, featuring screens that are 90% larger. It was released worldwide in 2012, about a year and a half after the release of the original 3DS. The system launched in America retailing at $199 and available in red or blue, with other colors and special editions released later. The interior of the 3DS XL is entirely black on most models and the outer shell is colored.

The 3DS platform is Nintendo’s followup to the Nintendo DS handheld. Like the DS, it features a similar clamshell design, two screens for gaming and a bottom, touch-sensitive screen that uses an included stylus. New additions are higher resolution screens, an analog slider pad, better graphics and a top screen that displays glasses-free 3D imaging. The 3DS is backwards compatible with the DS.




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The Nintendo 2DS handheld gaming console. The 2DS is the 3rd hardware iteration of the Nintendo 3DS, after the 3DS and the 3DS XL, and was released in late 2013. It is notable for having a radically different form factor than the rest of the 3DS and DS line and omitting 3D capability. Instead of a clamshell design, the 2DS is a slate with one large LCD screen that is covered with plastic to mimic the two screens of the 3DS. Like the 3DS XL, it launched in either a blue or red color.

The reduction in capabilities (mono sound, lack of 3D) positions the 2DS as the budget model of the 3DS lineup and it retails for $129.99, $40 less than the 3DS and $70 less than the 3DS XL. It is also marketed to young children, as Nintendo discourages children younger than 7 from using the 3D feature for eye health concerns.




English: A shot of the New Nintendo 3DS, in the open position.

Philip Terry Graham



English: Photo of my New Nintendo 3DS XL console




English: New Nintendo 2DS XL




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The Nintendo Switch, a hybrid portable/home console released by Nintendo in 2017. It is shown here in the portable mode, with the controllers (neon red & blue) attached to the sides of the main unit.



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