Nintendo has a large variety of gaming products produced since its first entry into the gaming industry. Its first-generation console ever made was the Color TV-Game that was released in 1977. Nintendo's consoles have a long-standing reputation of being very iconic; in a way that every iteration of its consoles has all become a very large source of nostalgia for a lot of people. Also, many of its consoles and handhelds are ideal for kids and family as their features are suited to different ages.
As one of the most recent creations of Nintendo, the Switch is a portable home console that also functions as a handheld device. It comes with a tablet-like screen and two wireless gaming controllers that slide into place on either side. There are three ways to play this top-of-the-line console. First, there is a TV mode that allows you to play games on a television. If you want to play on the go, you can go for the handheld mode. You have to attach the controllers at the sides of the console to provide you a traditional handheld gaming experience like on 3DS. Lastly, there’s also a tabletop mode in which you place the screen on any flat surface and remove the controllers so one to two players can enjoy games.
The Nintendo Wii is a gaming console which puts a strong focus into motion sensing controllers and games. The Wii Remote Control doubles as a motion controller which enabled players to play with motion sensing games such as Wii Sports, which emulate reality sports such as badminton and tennis. Accessories, such as a wrist strap, have been made for the controller to secure the remote to the wrist for safety purposes as well. Traditional controller-based games are also present; with a service that enabled playing past games via emulation from older Nintendo systems. Many other different types of controllers have been made for the Wii to work with different types of games.
The Wii U is the first Nintendo console to feature high-definition graphics. It also has the unique Wii U GamePad with a built-in touchscreen from which players can use as a secondary screen to complement the main game on the primary display or act as a standalone primary display for the game when the TV is unavailable for use. It is also backward compatible with the Nintendo Wii's software and accessories. Internet connectivity has also been given more focus for the Wii U via the Nintendo Network.
Nintendo's ever famous Gameboy line of handheld consoles has been seen at least once in every household. Its many successors and iterations have led to many different types of improvements over the lifespan of the line. Eventually, the GameBoy line would give way to the Nintendo DS line of handhelds, which would then become the Nintendo 3DS handheld consoles with 3D imaging capabilities.
The Nintendo 3DS portable handheld console features a clamshell design with dual screens. It is also able to produce 3D graphics through the use of a stereoscopic 3D slider on the right side of the top display. It has backward compatibility with previous DS handheld consoles as well.
Nintendo 3DS XL
The first hardware revision by Nintendo. Essentially an improved and larger version of the Nintendo 3DS with larger displays and battery life; it serves to complement the original 3DS.