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Encyclopedia > Handheld video game

A handheld video game is a video game designed primarily for handheld game consoles such as Nintendo's Game Boy line. In more recent history, handheld video games have become popular in calculators, personal digital assistants (PDA), mobile phones, mp3 players, and other similar portable gadgets. A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... A handheld game console is a lightweight, portable, electronic device for playing video games. ... Nintendo (Japanese: 任天堂; (NASDAQ: NTDOF), (TYO: 7974)) was originally founded in 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards, for use in a Japanese playing card game of the same name. ... The original Game Boys design set the standard for handheld gaming consoles. ... Calculator programming is a feature available on many high-end calculators. ... Palm IIIxe PDA Personal digital assistants (PDAs or palmtops) are handheld devices that were originally designed as personal organizers, but became much more versatile over the years. ... A digital audio player (DAP) is a device that stores, organizes and plays digital music files. ...


In the past decade, handheld video games currently have become a major sector of the video game market. In 2004 sales of portable software titles exceeded $1 billion in the United States for the first time, an 11% increase from the previous year [1]. 2004(MMIV) is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States dollar, or American dollar, is the official currency of the United States. ...


For dedicated handheld games that do not have interchangeable cartridges, disks, etc., or are not reprogrammable, see handheld electronic games. A modern multi-Tetris handheld Handheld electronic games are very small, portable devices for playing interactive games, often miniaturized versions of video games. ...

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History

Handheld video games grew out of handheld electronic games that were popular from the 1970s through the mid '90s. The key factors in contributing to the advance of handheld video games were the increase in processing power, technological advances in liquid crystal displays (LCDs), and the reduction of power requirements. Handheld video games grew immensly in popularity, thanks to the Game Boy released in 1989. Tetris was considered the "killer app" for the console, and popularized the action puzzle genre. A modern multi-Tetris handheld Handheld electronic games are very small, portable devices for playing interactive games, often miniaturized versions of video games. ... This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1970s. ... // Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but otherwise retaining the same mindset. ... Reflective twisted nematic liquid crystal display. ... The original Game Boys design set the standard for handheld gaming consoles. ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tetris is a puzzle game invented by Alexey Pajitnov in 1985, while he was working for the Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia. ...


Preferred genres

Due to the portable nature of the platform, the game genres that are popular on video game consoles are not necessarily the same genres that are popular on handhelds. This is partly due to a constant game of technological catchup for handhelds; they are usually about 1-2 generations behind in terms of graphic capabilities than their AC-powered brethren. In addition, there is a demand to keep the device small, so there are much fewer controls on handhelds than on other systems; this results in games that cannot be as complex. Typically due to the limited time that most users have when on the go, the average gametime duration is much shorter. Hence games that are quick to play, such as sidescrolling platformers and action puzzle games are very popular. It is important to note that there is solid-state storage for handheld titles, whether it be in the form of a memory card, or EEPROM. On the whole, even with the capability to save games, consumers prefer less time-consuming titles. More complex game types, such as adventure or first person shooters, are less popular. The Nintendo GameCube is an example of a current generation video game console. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with AC power. ... A screenshot of the original Donkey Kong. ... Solid state disk (SSD, also called solid state drive) is a data storage device that uses memory chips, such as SDRAMs, to store data, instead of the spinning platters found in conventional hard disk drives. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...

Tetris on the Nintendo Game Boy.
Tetris on the Nintendo Game Boy.

screenshot Game Boy Tetris by me This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game. ... screenshot Game Boy Tetris by me This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game. ... The original Game Boys design set the standard for handheld gaming consoles. ...

Puzzle

Nintendo (Japanese: 任天堂; (NASDAQ: NTDOF), (TYO: 7974)) was originally founded in 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards, for use in a Japanese playing card game of the same name. ... The original Game Boys design set the standard for handheld gaming consoles. ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Columns (also called Jewels) is a puzzle arcade game and console game with many similarities to Tetris, which was released by Sega in 1990. ... The Sega Game Gear was Segas first portable gaming system. ... Lumines is a game created by legendary game designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi. ... The PlayStation Portable (PSP) is a handheld game console and a product of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. ... 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bejeweled (or Diamond Mine) is a popular puzzle game first developed as a browser_based game by PopCap Software in 2001. ...

Platform

The Super Mario remake series was created by Nintendo as a program to modernize their games for the Game Boy system. ... The Game Boy line is the best-selling handheld to date The Game Boy Advance (GBA) is a handheld videogame console developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo. ...

RPG

Due to the low technical demands of the turn based, menu driven RPG, they have often found homes on handheld systems, often based on a console RPG. Those games that have met with the most success have been collection-centered or anime-based RPGs such as: Computer role-playing games (CRPGs), often shortened to simply role-playing games (RPGs), are a type of video or computer game that traditionally uses gameplay elements found in paper-and-pencil role-playing games. ... A scene from Cowboy Bebop (1998) Anime (アニメ) is Japanese animation, sometimes referred to in the Western world by the portmanteau Japanimation. ...

The Pokémon series has met with so much success that Nintendo has released special editions of the Game Boy Advance and Game Boy. These bundles had the game systems in exclusive colors (such as Pikachu yellow) and were bundled with the popular game of the time. gay ... Nintendo (Japanese: 任天堂; (NASDAQ: NTDOF), (TYO: 7974)) was originally founded in 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards, for use in a Japanese playing card game of the same name. ... The original Game Boys design set the standard for handheld gaming consoles. ... The Game Boy line is the best-selling handheld to date The Game Boy Advance (GBA) is a handheld videogame console developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo. ... North American box art of the first MegaMan Battle Network game. ... Dragon Ball Z logo (English manga). ... Yu-Gi-Oh! manga volume 1 (English version) Yu-Gi-Oh! (遊☆戯☆王 yūgiō, Japanese for King of Games) is a popular Japanese anime and manga franchise from Kazuki Takahashi that mainly involves characters who play a card game called Duel Monsters (originally called Magic and Wizards (M&W... Duel Masters (デュエルマスターズDyueru Masutāzu) is a franchise based on an anime and a trading card game. ... Pikachu Pikachu (ピカチュウ PikachÅ«) is an fictional character from the Pokémon franchise. ...


Classic

Due to the simplistic nature of the video and arcade games of the 1980s, many classic titles have been re-released in handheld form. For example, the Nintendo e-Reader for the Game Boy Advance allowed a small library of classic NES titles to be played on the handheld. e-Reader titles included Excitebike and Ice Climber. Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... The e-Reader with cards. ... The Game Boy line is the best-selling handheld to date The Game Boy Advance (GBA) is a handheld videogame console developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo. ... Excitebike (Japanese: エキサイトバイク Ekisaitobaiku) is a motocross racing video game franchise made by Nintendo. ... Ice Climber screenshot Ice Climber (Japanese: アイスクライマー) is a video game for the NES developed by Nintendo and released in 1985. ...


Classic games have also been released for cellphones, such as the Intellivision game library and arcade classics including Galaga, Afterburner and Pac-Man. The Apple iPod features two games from the late 1970 and early 1980s: Breakout and Parachute. The Intellivision is a video game console released by Mattel in 1980; development of the console began in 1978 (less than a year after the introduction of its main competitor, the legendary Atari 2600 aka the Atari VCS). ... Galaga is an arcade game created and manufactured by Namco. ... For other uses of afterburner, see Afterburner (disambiguation). ... Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and licensed for distribution by Midway Games in 1979. ... A grayscale fourth-generation iPod with earphones. ... Breakout is a Pong-like arcade game introduced by Atari in 1976. ... The Apollo 15 capsule landed safely despite a parachute failure. ...


Card games

While not particularly popular on handheld game consoles, card games such as Texas Hold 'Em, Blackjack, and Solitaire are extremely popular on cellphones and PDAs. A handheld game console is a lightweight, portable, electronic device for playing video games. ... Texas hold em (or simply hold em or holdem) is the most popular of the community card poker games. ... Blackjack! The Jack playing card, like the Queen and King, counts 10 points, and the player picks a value of 1 or 11 for the Ace. ... This article is about the solitaire family of card games. ...


Features unique to handheld gaming

Linking to other handhelds

Most handheld systems are capable of linking to others of the same type via a cable that connects two or more handhelds, usually to a maximum of 4. This feature allows both multiplayer gaming and other uses such as item or data transfer between cartridges. The Atari Lynx supported connectivity for up to 17 units at once. Atari Lynx The Atari Lynx is Ataris only handheld game console, and the first such machine with a color display. ...


The N-Gage introduced wireless connectivity via Bluetooth, allowing multiplayer games between handhelds with no cable. This was also a feature in the Nintendo DS and PSP, using the Wi-Fi standard. Nokia N-Gage phone (original version) The Nokia N-Gage is a mobile telephone and handheld game system based on the Nokia Series 60 platform. ... This article is about the Bluetooth wireless specification. ... The Nintendo DS is a dual-screen portable handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. ... Wi-Fi (sometimes written Wi-fi, WiFi, Wifi, wifi) is a trademark for sets of product compatibility standards for wireless local area networks (WLANs). ...


Linking to console games

Nintendo's Transfer Pak allows transfer of data from compatible Game Boy cartridges to their Nintendo 64 counterparts: e.g. allowing Pokémon from the Game Boy game to be used in Pokémon Stadium for the N64. Similarly, the Game Boy Advance can be linked to the Nintendo GameCube with the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance cable, which allows the GBA to be used as an extra controller with a second screen. Likewise, the PSP will be able to connect wirelessly to the upcoming PlayStation 3. Transfer Pak The Transfer Pak is a device for the Nintendo 64 that allows the transfer of data between the system and a Game Boy or Game Boy Color cartridge. ... The Nintendo 64, commonly called the N64, is Nintendos third home video game console. ... Pokémon Stadium is the Nintendo 64 incarnation of the Pokémon video game series. ... The Nintendo GameCube (Japanese: ゲームキューブ; originally code-named Dolphin during development; abbreviated as GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the 128-bit era; the same generation as Segas Dreamcast, Sonys PlayStation 2, and Microsofts Xbox. ... Nintendo Gamecube Game Boy Advance Cable The Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable is a cable used to connect the GameCube and the Game Boy Advance (GBA) to trade information. ... The PlayStation 3 (PS3) (Japanese: プレイステーション3) is the next generation video game console in Sonys market-leading PlayStation series. ...


Multi-tasking

On non-dedicated gaming platforms, such as Cellphones, it is important for the game running to not be the highest priority of the hardware/software system. On these devices, the operating system will interrupt the gaming session with something like a incoming call, an scheduling alert, a low-battery warning, etc.


Availability

Gaming platforms

As with traditional video game systems, there are dedicated and console systems. Dedicated handheld video games have a specific set of software are almost always bundled with the hardware unit. A dedicated console is a video game console that is dedicated to a built in game or games, and is not equipped for additional games, via cartridge or other media. ... The Nintendo GameCube is an example of a current generation video game console. ...


In terms of handheld game consoles, there are two subcategories of systems; ones that are a re-engineered portable version of a set-top console that are compatible with existing cartridges, or new systems and platforms that are exclusively designed and use portable media types.


The Sega Nomad, the PSOne, and the Turbo Express are good examples of re-engineered portable systems. The Game Boy Advance, the Sega Game Gear, and Neo Geo Pocket are examples of entirely created platforms. The Sega Nomad was essentially a portable Sega Genesis The Nomad shown with optional A/C power cord attached The Sega Nomad was a handheld game console sold in North America, essentially a mini-Genesis console, based on the Japanese Mega Jet and featuring a built-in color screen . ... The PlayStation is a video game console of the 32-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid 1990s. ... The TurboExpress was a portable version of the TurboGrafx 16, and was released in 1990. ... The Game Boy line is the best-selling handheld to date The Game Boy Advance (GBA) is a handheld videogame console developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo. ... The Sega Game Gear was Segas first portable gaming system. ... Neo Geo Pocket (Monochrome) The Neo Geo Pocket was SNKs original hand held system. ...


Non-gaming platforms

With the increasing convergence of electronic peripherals made possible by rapid technology advancements, handheld video games are now available on a wide variety of platforms, not just exclusive gaming ones. PDAs, although not a gaming platform, had many games, ports or exclusively designed, for the devices. All modern cellphones include and run gaming software, usually Java or BREW based. The popular Apple iPod mp3 player includes several bundled games and clever enthusiasts have been modifying the software to allow for further gaming utilization. The website It Plays Doom is dedicated to listing all the portable devices currently capable of playing the popular first person shooter; this ever-growing list includes PDAs, digital cameras, and cellphones. Java is a reflective, object-oriented programming language developed initially by James Gosling and colleagues at Sun Microsystems. ... BREW is an application development platform created by Qualcomm for CDMA-based mobile phones. ... A grayscale fourth-generation iPod with earphones. ... A first-person shooter (FPS) is a computer or video game where the players on-screen view of the game world simulates that of the character, and there is some element of shooting involved. ... A SiPix digital camera next to a matchbox to show scale. ...


See also

A handheld game console is a lightweight, portable, electronic device for playing video games. ... This is a comparison of the features of various handheld game consoles that exist. ... A modern multi-Tetris handheld Handheld electronic games are very small, portable devices for playing interactive games, often miniaturized versions of video games. ...

References

  1. ^  "U.S. 2004 Video Game Annual Report." Accessed September 26, 2005.
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