Terms such as GB, GBA, GBC and NDS may be familiar to some of our old customers, but still unknown to our new ones. We’re often asked questions revolving around these words, both online or at exhibitions, and in order to allow our customers to fully comprehend their meanings, we’re writing this article for you. Hopefully, after reading, you’ll have a better, more professional understanding of the game console.
Do you remember the days of your childhood? The days when you and your friends were stuck in a room on a scorching summer’s day, glued to a video console as you played games of wits, Super Mario, tank battles and boxing? For many, their gaming days serve to be one of the most powerful memories of their childhood.
Recently, there’s been a noticeable wave of retro and nostalgic items as they infiltrate back into society once again. A large number of customers flood both online and offline shops every day. For example, Nintendo’s FC mini and SFC mini are products that once on the market, will encounter incredible hype and practically fly off the shelves.
There are two main types of game console – the first is a handheld game, and the other is a home game.
So, let’s talk about the handheld game console.
Michael Katz, a former marketing director at the infamous Mattel Toys, once offered designers a fresh idea…a game console the size of a calculator. So, in 1979, the first toy of this kind became Microvision. As time has gone on, and along with the rapid development of technology, handheld games have updated hugely and have become a prominent part of the children’s toy sector.
Here’s a look at the evolution of handheld gaming.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, and after Microvision’s demise, handheld gaming entered a new realm completely.
The consoles found in the image above are the oldest versions of their type. Game boy, for example, is a retro-style game that has, and always will be, extremely popular. It’s the face of retro gaming as we know it today.
2.The Late 1990s
As we progressed towards the late 1990s, some console companies encountered obstacles. In order to overcome these hurdles, they turned their attention towards developing some more advanced products. Nintendo and Sega, for example, are companies that both developed the classic consoles found in the image below.
Among these models came Game Boy Pocket and Game Boy Color, which were grasped by practically every pair of hands in the era!
3.The Early 2000s
The early 2000s saw game companies make a great leap forward in technological innovation, characterised by the launch of Nintendo’s DS and the PSP during the second half of the year. These came to be two of the most successful devices of their time.
It didn’t stop there. The GBA also introduced the concept of ‘connectivity, which saw handheld systems being used as the console controller. It seemed as if handheld gaming would continue to upgrade and upgrade some more!
4.The Mid 2000s
The mid 2000s were no different, and handheld gaming took one step further. The Nintendo DS, for example, developed hugely. It now boasted two screens, one of which was a touch screen, and online functionality via Wi-Fi and wireless networks. This supported the Internet craze perfectly. The DS was updated in 2006, 2008 and once again in 2009. Take a look at the image below.
5.The Late 2000s
The late 2000s welcomed further products, such as Dingoo, (which supported music, radio and emulators), and also SONY’S PSP Go, Pandora and Yobo Gameware’s FC-16 GO.
6.2010 and Onwards
After 2010, the Nintendo DS was updated once again, and the 3DS was released. This sent shock waves of excitement throughout the world. Its appearance was updated, and its auto stereoscopic device had the ability to project 3D effects. This was something that had rarely been seen before.
SONY also released two new models, the Xperia Play and PlayStation Vita, which were also highly popular. Switchblade was the winner of The Best of CES 2011 People’s Voice award.Last but certainly not least, there’s the Nintendo Switch, which is still extremely successful nowadays.
Now we’ve discussed the six stages of handheld devices, we’ll talk more about the development of the home console in our next article.