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Ten worst handheld gaming consoles of all time

Although the successes of Nintendo's Game Boy go back to the late 1980's and Sony's PSP is on its fourth variation, there have been a number of failed attempts to get a foothold in the very competitive handheld gaming market. While SEGA's Game Gear did well enough to avoid this list, ten others get the dubious honor of being on it -- including one each from Sony and Nintendo.

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alphakennybody2171d ago (Edited 2171d ago )

The psp go might have had disappointing debut and sales, but its the best Handheld console available for hardcore gamers.

KratosGirI2171d ago (Edited 2171d ago )

The PSP in general, yes. The Go with its lack of physical media, not so much.

alphakennybody2171d ago (Edited 2171d ago )

although I always prefer having physical media, its actually a plus when you're on the go ( no pun intended), carrying many umd in my pockets became kinda annoying at some point.

Mr_Bun2171d ago (Edited 2171d ago )

The main problem the Go has is that the entire UMD collection isn't available via the PSN store...Games like Crisis Core should be available for download.

qface642171d ago (Edited 2171d ago )

the go is very far from the best
less game selections compared to the psp
digital download only
higher price than anything else on the market

where is the best?
convenient maybe but the best? far from it

Blaine2171d ago (Edited 2171d ago )

I'm not really interested in the PSP because of its form factor, but its game library is stellar. I am considering picking up a Go, though, because of how small it is.

@Eddy Raja

Lack of UMD is what interests me in the Go in the first place, and for the reason you mentioned: you don't have to carry all those UMDs with you. Want to switch games? Just go to the XMB and pick another one, don't have to swap discs.

@Mr Bun

Gimped library is the only reason I haven't bought a Go yet. Crisis Core actually is on the store, but other name-worthy games aren't (Jak), and I don't want to buy the console knowing I'm limiting my game options.

Edit: My bad, I just checked, and Crisis Core isn't there. It was Dissidia! No way am I buying a Go if I can't play Crisis Core on it.

Close_Second2171d ago

is a stellar handheld gaming console. I get sick of people bringing up the physical media argument. When was the last time you heard anyone complain about their mp3 player not using physical media.

Basically, get with the times. Faster loading times, better battery life, being able to use on up to 5 PSPs concurrently beats having the physical media any day of the week.

Games4M - Rob2171d ago

Jeez all these people whining about the PSP go - Its lack of physical media is its selling point dummies.

I spend 2.5 hours every day commuting to work and back and i want a games consoel that fits in my pocket and that i dont have to carry around a shitload of disks for. Just like how i like my iod for how i dont have to carry around a shitload of CD's.

And give it a rest with crisis core already - its a good game but the PSP's game catalogue does not begin and end with crisis core.

Also i picked my 16Gb go up btand new for £140 with 10 free games - dosnt sound expensive to me at all since it does everything that an ipod 8gb does which costs £130 and can only play rubbish shovelware games.

Muletroid2171d ago

"Its lack of physical media is its selling"

that's funny because its not even selling xD
anyways

its not just crisis core there is also birth by sleep and a back catalog of games already available on the psp

Games4M - Rob2171d ago

Sure its selling, not in massive numbers but then again its a 6 year old console with a 60 million user base. Its not like everyone is going to rush out and buy one like its some new revolutionary device because its not. Its a more portable PSP which is there as a choice for people like me who arent obsessed with physical media and who value having all their games on the move.

As for the games then try looking what is there rather than what isnt. GOW, MGS, Wipeout, Disgaea, GTA, Persona, Patapon, - there's more than enough for me to play without crying over a few titles that are missing.

hatchimatchi2171d ago

PSP GO is a flaming piece of hot garbage. The handheld itself is nice but there's no point in owning one if sony isn't going to properly support it. Each week the store updates get worse and worse. Someone effed up big time with the handling of the go and they need to be fired for it.

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Sigh2171d ago

I thought about getting GO but not seeing Crisis Core on the PSN made me think otherwise. Regular PSP is good to go for both Digital and Umd playability.

Natsu X FairyTail2171d ago

PSP Go was dumb IMO. PSP netherless is a Great console . I often play bleach heat the soul's games and Tales games.

KratosGirI2171d ago

He thought it was cool, but I didn't want to upset him with the ugly truth about the taco....

CobraKai2171d ago

Can the virtual boy really be considered a handheld. I mean that sum bitch needed to be put on a table and played with a controller.

R2D22171d ago

- the thing was massive and made you look like you were taking an eye exam.

BiggCMan2171d ago

gameboy micro should be on this list.

RH062171d ago (Edited 2171d ago )

Micro Famicom was sweet though...until I sold it... :(
Now its a Rare handheld! Yep some places $200+ new lol

jerethdagryphon2171d ago

nomad has no business being on that list

the high power concerns are due to the time it existed in with modern lion batterys a system like that would have 8-10 hour charge life

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