The Evolution of Handheld Gaming

1976 – Auto Race

Mattel, an American toy manufacturing company, produced the first ever electronic handheld gaming device with its release of Auto Race.

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1979 – Coleco and Milton Bradley

Following in Mattel’s footsteps, companies such as Coleco and Milton Bradley produced their own renditions of handheld console devices using interchangeable cartridges but did not attain enough profit to continue their productions.

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1990 – The GameBoy

Nintendo introduced the company’s first electronic handheld console, the GameBoy, and it was extremely successful due to its long battery lifespan, beating competitors such as Atari Lynx. It included the feature of a link cable, allowing players to play head-to-head. It was later developed into a communicating and networking function used in one of Nintendo’s classic games – Pokemon.

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1995 – Nokia and Snake

Mobile gaming became a big hit when Nokia created Snake. In a blink of an eye, both children and adults were glued to their mobile phones, playing the games not only at home, but everywhere they went.

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2001 – GameBoy Advance

With mobile gaming on the rise, Nintendo further improved the quality of console games through GameBoy Advance, refining the lighting and graphics from the original device. With this, the “travel and play” trend continued to soar.

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2004 – Augmented Reality

A breakthrough by a group of researchers in Germany opened the doors to augmented reality in mobile phones and this was the start of a new innovative feature for game developers.

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2011 – The Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo introduced a new version of one of its products – the Nintendo 3DS. It had features of Bluetooth and camera functions that interacted well with augmented reality playing styles.

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2015 – Advancement of AR

Game developers started to target mobile phones as a platform for augmented reality gaming after the success and domination of the Nintendo 3DS system.  

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2016 – Pokemon GO

Nintendo launched the latest most advanced augmented reality game –  Pokemon Go. Considered as the biggest hype of interactive mobile games, it has proven that augmented reality has given a great advancement to the console and mobile gaming industry.

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