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As the year 2020 comes to an end, let us walk down memory lane and look back at some of the handheld devices and consoles that defined your childhood and paved the way for you as a gamer.

Family Computer

When the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Classic console became a thing, Filipinos used its equivalent console, Family Computer (FAMICOM).

True to its name, families enjoyed many of its retro two-player games like Super Mario Bros, Ice Climber, and Battle City, among others. The sound made by the game cartridge clicking right into place was also downright satisfying.

Released in 1983, it was very well-received for a console at the time. It was discontinued in 2003 then got brought back up again in 2016 as “Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer” until finally stopping deployment a year later.

Nintendo DS Series

The Nintendo DS has been among the most bizarre yet unique handheld gaming devices, considering it was a portable device that spawned after the Game Boy Advance and the predecessor to the Nintendo Switch Lite.

It’s designed for a unique gaming experience with its dual screen, multi-controls between buttons, touchscreen, and stylus. It got nifty features that not many devices have in its time, such as being backward-compatible and capable of displaying 3D images on its top screen.

The Nintendo DS brought with it a trove of unforgettable games from both multinational gaming publishers and indie developers, such as the “The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth,” “Golden Sun: Dark Dawn,” “Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney,” “Trauma Center,” “999,” and “Cooking Mama,” among many others.

Sadly, the latest and last of its kind, the Nintendo 3DS was discontinued this year after the Nintendo Switch’s runaway success.


Getting your hands on Bandai’s Tamagotchi was like part of being a popular kid back in the early 2000s.

Although it is labeled as a toy in a general sense, it is still a handheld device where you take care of a digital pet, a form of an early simulation game back then.

Kids demanding a pet would make parents opt for Tamagotchi as an alternative as it’s not high-maintenance nor bundled with responsibilities. It was released around 1997 worldwide and is still ongoing somehow, even while it’s not as popular as it was.


It may not look like much compared to its late successor, but the original iteration of the PlayStation was a gaming gem back in the day.

Coming with visually polygonic, 3D-graphic games stored on discs, it served as a launchpad of some of the most popular game series today, such as “Resident Evil,” “Tekken,” “Metal Gear Solid,” and “Rainbow Six.”

While the first PlayStation is long gone, its successors drastically improved and became leading consoles on par with the Xbox models.


Because of their legacy, the games hosted by these old handheld devices and consoles are still playable through emulators. Visit this article where you can find some of the pre-loved games and play them whenever your nostalgia kicks in.


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