What Is Your Favourite Game On A Portable System?

What Is Your Favourite Game On A Portable System?

Up until recently, I didn’t play many portable games. Even when I did, I liked to play them on a TV screen, which is why I used the Game Boy Player for my GameCube to play many of my favourite GBA games like Metroid Fusion, Astro Boy: Omega Factor, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Oracle of Seasons, Oracle of Ages, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, and Golden Sun.

But as there hasn’t been an official TV adaptor for the DS (at least none that are just plug and play like the Game Boy Player), I’ve missed out on Nintendo’s latest portable system. That was until I got a new 2DS.

I’ve spent a lot more time playing on the dual screens and it’s been fantastic. From games like Radiant Historia, The World Ends With You, Bravely Default, Ghost Trick (which I’ll be writing about tomorrow), and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, I’ve honestly been unable to stop playing whenever I have a chance.

Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime was especially fun with its blend of quirky DQ humour and action adventure strategy against the big Plob tanks.

Each of these games incorporates mechanics that would be a lot harder on a traditional console and work so well because of their portable nature.

As I wrote about earlier in the day, I loved how Hotel Dusk has you flipping the DS and playing it like a book. The experience was uniquely haunting and I loved playing it over the duration of several aeroplane flights.

This has made me realise I’ve missed out on a whole lot of games from the PS Vita, PSP, and a slew of other portable systems.

So Kotaku, what is your favourite game on a portable system?


  • I take it that we aren’t including the Switch in this?

    If so, my favourite game on a portable system is definitely a Pokémon title but I’m hard pressed to choose one. I don’t think I can go past Red and Blue but Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are up there.

    • I’ll see your P3P, and raise you a P4G. Although It’s close between P4G and LoH:TitS for me.

  • Jeanne d’Arc on the PSP.
    Christ that was a great game. Bonkers mad story, great cartoon clips, fantastic Tactics style gameplay.

  • Looking back, I probably put the most time into Mario Golf of all things. It just ticked some box or other that meant I kept playing it through the DS era. No idea why but I never upgraded my 1st run DS either, just because of that Gameboy port that let me play it.

    That and the original gameboy Tetris.

  • Shin Megami Tensei 4 or Apocalypse for the 3Ds. They are both really good. If we included the switch then it would probably be dead cells.

  • Dungeon Maker 1 & 2 on the PSP. I absolutely love these 2 games as it combines action JRPG and dungeon building to great effect. Never played another game like it.

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