The Best Portable Video Games in History

Whether you have Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, Shield Portable or any of the retro portable gaming devices, these are the games you need to check out.

Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo DS)
In this social simulation game, players have to complete tasks in the village of anthropomorphic animals.

Astro Boy: Omega Factor (Game Boy Advance)
The game closely follows the television adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s manga. Astro’s adventures, from his birth until his rebirth, is chronicled in this beat ‘em up game.

Doom 3 BFG Edition (Shield Portable)
The experiments in a research facility at Mars have accidentally opened a portal to Hell. The player has to fight the demons invading Earth.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP)
Snake manages the mercenaries Soldiers Without Borders and at the same time performs the missions himself. The objective is to stop the Peace Sentinels in Costa Rica.

Metroid II: Return of Samus (Game Boy)
This is the first handheld game of the series and a direct sequel of the first game. Samus is sent to Planet SR388 to eliminate the threat of the Space Pirates.

Pokemon Yellow Version (Game Boy and Game Boy Color)
Players fight other Pokemon with his own in this turn-based role-playing game. The goal is to garner experience points to level up the Pokemon or catch more.

Silent Hill Origins (PSP)
This is the prequel of the series and is about Travis Grady’s search for a girl in Silent Hill. The player has to solve puzzles, explore, and defeat monsters.

Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (Game Gear)
Sonic and Tails are trying to gather the scattered Chaos Emeralds after a test performed by Dr. Robotnik went wrong, but they are stopped by Knuckles the Echidna.

Star Fox 64 3D (Nintendo 3DS)
This is a remake of the earlier version of the game. The gameplay is also similar, allowing the players to control the Fox’s Arwing Fighter. However, it has a battle mode that supports up to 4 players.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (Game Boy)
When Mario was absent, Wario placed a spell on the Mario Land so they’d think he was the ruler. The objective is pretty much similar to the other games.

Tales of Phantasia (Game Boy Advance and PSP)
This role-playing game lets the player directly control one character during the battles against the forces of sorcerer-king Dhaos.

Tetris (Electronika 60)
Shapes composed of four blocks must be placed horizontally to create a 10-block line without gaps. The game has different versions for various platforms and is quite addictive.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Game Boy, Game Boy Color)
The player controls Link who is stranded in the Koholint Island. He has to wake the Wind Fish so he can return home.

WarioWare: Twisted! (Game Boy Advance)
Wario’s Game Boy Advance is broken so he asked for Dr. Crygor’s help. This puzzle and rhythm game features mini games that the player has to figure out in seconds.

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