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Grab a Nintendo DSi XL for just £54.98 (with code) from Zavvi

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Console bundles, Handheld consoles, Nintendo DSi, Portable gaming

Grab a Nintendo DSi XL for just £54.98 (with code) from Zavvi

Grab a Nintendo DSi XL for just £54.98 from Zavvi. Click here to buy >>

Do be aware that you'll need to use the voucher code SALE5 to get it at this price.

Zavvi aren't always the best at timely delivery, but it's a cracking price for what is still an excellent handheld. The DS has arguably the finest gaming library out there, and you're guaranteed to find a game (or ten) that'll seriously float your boat. Cheers FantasyDeals.

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Portable Game

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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3DS Games, Game of the Year Awards 2014, Handheld gaming, Portable gaming, PS Vita games

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Portable Game

Japan seriously came through for 3DS and Vita fans this year with some absolutely cracking JRPGs and visual novels that proved absolutely stunning and perfectly suited for on-the-go gaming. In amongst them, of course, were some utterly brilliant indie titles, and the odd Nintendo stalwart as well.

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Portable GameWhat we said: Macabre yet playful, disturbing yet uplifting, thought-provoking and intensely compelling, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a masterpiece of storytelling and characterisation. So long as you're prepared for a visual novel as opposed to a full-blooded adventure game, it's a truly essential purchase, and a Vita exclusive you'll savour over two dozen rewarding hours.

Etrian Odyssey Untold

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Portable Game

What we said: Etrian Odyssey Untold is a class act. The sensational vintage exploration, manual mapping and gruelling combat of the DS original has been granted a new lease of life, reinvigorated by strong characters and a superb story that's engaging enough to satisfy yet never outstays its welcome. Atlus approached their remake with subtlety and restraint, resulting in a uniquely lovely package.

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Grab a Nintendo DSi XL for just £59.99 and enjoy one of the best gaming libraries out there

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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Console bundles, Handheld consoles, Nintendo DSi, Portable gaming

Grab a Nintendo DSi XL for just £59.99 and enjoy one of the best gaming libraries out there

Grab a Nintendo DSi XL for just £59.99 from Zavvi. Click here to buy >>

Do be aware that you'll need to use the code DSI10 to get it at this price. Zavvi aren't always the best at timely delivery, but it's a cracking price for what is still an excellent handheld. The DS has arguably the finest gaming library out there, and you're guaranteed to find a game (or ten) that'll seriously float your boat. Cheers jamiebeags.

#GameBoyMemories - Happy 25th Birthday, Game Boy!

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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#GameBoyMemories, Game Boy, Handheld consoles, Nintendo, Portable gaming

#GameBoyMemories - Happy 25th Birthday, Game Boy!

Nintendo have never played by anyone else's rules but their own. In an industry that's seemingly obsessed with power and statistics and framerate and pixel density and other hilariously finicky snippets of metadata these days, it's easy to forget that Nintendo's two greatest successes were built off of underwhelming tech used in innovative fashion.

The original Game Boy was the brainchild of Nintendo's much-lauded Research and Development 1 team -- a team spearheaded by a true industry legend in Gunpei Yokoi. Yokoi had already struck gold with Nintendo's Game & Watch series of handheld LCD games, but change was needed, and in the wake of other pioneering devices such as the Milton Bradley Microvision that released way back in 1979, it seemed that interchangeable cartridges were the way to go. The Game Boy might not have been the first "programmable electronic game system", as the Microvision had been branded, but it did more to popularise the portable sector than anything before or since.

#GameBoyMemories - Happy 25th Birthday, Game Boy!

The key to  that strategy? Well, as the Wii would replicate years later, Yokoi's design philosophy for the Game Boy was simple: "Lateral Thinking with Withered Technology" -- or using easily produced, readily available, pleasingly cheap components in interesting ways. While rivals such as the Atari Lynx and Sega Game Gear went for an expensive, but impressively-specced approach, the Game Boy co-opted a Z80-based CPU, and presented a display that struggled with more than one shade of grey let alone fifty or, god forbid, actual colours. It didn't matter.

In 1989, twenty-five years ago, a legend was born and we thought we'd share a memory or two of our time with Nintendo's grey pocket brick and invite you to do the same. Happy Birthday Game Boy!

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Nintendo: 3DS Has "Fundamentally Different" Strategies To PS Vita

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Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS, Nintendo, Portable gaming, PS Vita, Sony

Nintendo: 3DS Has "Fundamentally Different" Strategies To PS Vita

Nintendo marketing executive Scott Moffitt has said that Nintendo and Sony's approaches to the handheld gaming market are "fundamental different", suggesting that whilst Sony look to extend the home console, living room experience on the go, Nintendo are more concerned with creating unique experiences.

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PWNCAST | Season 1: Episode 24 – Handhelds

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Game & Watch, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Game Gear, Handheld consoles, Handheld gaming, NeoGeo Pocket, Nintendo, Nintendo DS, Podcast, Portable gaming, PWNCAST, Sega

PWNCAST | Season 1: Episode 24 – Handhelds

Last week, during our conversation about the best videogame console of all time, we came to the conclusion that objectivity sucks, and that unless one is reviewing a console, there's simply no place for it at all. So this week's take on handhelds is a hour stuffed with nostalgia and filled with anecdotes. We take an in-depth look at the 3DS XL, and Jon unveils his latest alter-ego: The Gaming Otter.

PWNCAST | Season 1: Episode 24, Recorded: August 2nd, 2012

Some of the things that get covered this week:

  • 3DS XL
  • Gamescom preparations
  • Game & Watch
  • Atari Lynx
  • Game Boy
  • GBA/GBA SP
  • Nintendo's rivals: Game Gear & NeoGeo
  • Is this the last generation of dedicated handhelds?
  • Favourite Handheld of All Time
  • Best Handheld of All Time

...and much, much more.

NB. Remember, next week we hit our 25th PWNCAST. If you have any questions for the team or requests/suggestions/mandatory orders that you'd like to see make it into the show then either pop something in the comments box below, or email us at [email protected]

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be quite a few instances of strong language.

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Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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Best Handheld of All Time

Young: Smartphones "Defeating The Nintendo Hardware Machine"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS, Handheld consoles, Neil Young, Ngmoco, Nintendo, Portable gaming

Young: Smartphones "Defeating The Nintendo Hardware Machine"

Neil Young (Ngmoco's CEO, not the alt-rock legend) has suggested that smartphones and the mobile platforms provided by Apple and Google are slowly chipping away at the dedicated handheld market.

"I think that Apple has done a number on Sony, and Apple and Android are now doing a number on Nintendo," said Young. "What they're really doing is defeating the Nintendo hardware machine."

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Sony: No Need For A "Re-Look" On Vita Strategy

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Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS, Andrew House, Handheld gaming, Portable gaming, PS Vita, Smartphones, Sony
Discuss:
Playstation Vita

Sony: No Need For A "Re-Look" On Vita Strategy

SCE president Andrew House has played down fears of a stalling position in the handheld market for the Vita, suggesting that there's no need for a "re-look", reasserting the Vita's unique potential and outlining challenges ahead, and defending the floor time that the handheld got at E3, particularly in the Sony press conference.

Which was minimal...aside from Ubisoft saving the day, again.

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Yoshida: Smaller Indie Titles Crucial To Vita Growth

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Matt Gardner
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News
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E3 2012, Indie Games, Portable gaming, PS Vita, PS Vita games, Shuhei Yoshida, Smartphones, Sony, Tablets

Yoshida: Smaller Indie Titles Crucial To Vita Growth

Sony's Shuhei Yoshida has suggested that the Playstation Vita's success will depend as much on smaller titles and indie games as it will on blockbuster AAA titles, noting that the portable console was designed with one eye on thetraditional market, but that its conception came about as a result of taking note of the burgeoning smartphone and tablet markets.

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Blaze Announce Release Date For GameGadget Console

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Blaze, GameGadget, Portable gaming, Retro games

First Console To Be Developed In The UK For Nearly 20 Years

Blaze have become renowned for their nifty little, retro-oriented micro consoles and portable. And now there's a new one coming. The GameGadget has already been touted by some to be the "iPod of retro gaming", and the device will essentially allow consumers to browse a catalogue of titles from a variety of publishers and developers, with an eye towards "creating the ultimate retro gaming handheld".

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Playstation Vita Hands-On Preview | Livin' La Vita Loca

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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E3 2011, Games consoles, NGP, Playstation Vita, Portable gaming, PS Vita, Sony

Playstation Vita Hands-On Preview | Livin' La Vita Loca

Standing in the labyrinthine line, standing in amongst fellow sweaty journalists, hopping from one foot to the other to avoid conference cramp, I allowed myself a brief glance across to the massive stage where Kaz Hirai had last bid us a farewell thank you and goodnight, to see Jane's Addiction rocking out the Los Angeles Memorial Center. I almost sighed.

But then half an hour later I had the freshly named PS Vita in my hands, and all was right with the world. This after all was what we were really all here to see...

...and what we saw, brief though it was, excited me.

Click here to see Matt's hands-on breakdown of the PS Vita...