In the past, kids would be found in local arcades or in their basements playing video games for hours on end. Decades ago, you would see someone reading a book on the subway or train, but now, you would find them with various kinds of handheld games that keep them busy on their daily commute.
Nintendo DS and PSP were the chosen gaming handhelds of the last generation, but the recent rise of mobile phone gaming into the marketplace has threatened mobile gaming devices without cell phone capabilities.
In 2004, the Nintendo DS debuted and it has gone through many new updates. It was the Nintendo DS that introduced gamers to touch screen games in a new perspective. Mario, Brain Age and others were once the popular choices. There are still earlier models on the market, but the most current DS (not including the 3DS) is the Nintendo DSi with a cost of $150. It is able to store content, take digital pictures and download new games. The DSi XL is another variation, but is larger and has a bigger screen. It provides more relaxed viewing. In March 2011, the Nintendo 3DS was launched and retailed for less than $300. It is the real 3D gaming experience that won’t require you to wear glasses, portability is a huge bonus.
The Apple iOS devices have been around for a while now and they have recently stolen the spotlight from Nintendo in the handheld market. Gamers can download from a collection of 50,000 available games on their iTunes marketplaces. Most of these cost as low as 99 cents and some of them are free. The iPod Touch is similar to what the iPhone offers in relation to gaming, but at a lower cost. The iPad is also available for a more engrossing gaming experience. The iPad is a larger handheld device, but has fantastic portability for a tablet computer. It not only allows users to play games, but to read books, browse the internet and has the ability to listen to music. There are no buttons that you have to press- it relies mainly on a touch screen. It makes playing games casual, fun and easy.
iOS devices have relatively mid-level prices depending on the model and the amount of memory. In addition to gaming, they more like portable computers that you can carry around in your pocket or bag. You can use it to watch movies, play games, listen to music, send your emails, and browse the internet. It also has thousands of applications that you can access from spreadsheets to calorie counters.