Controller Crusade Roundtable: Fondest Memories With A Handheld Console


Controller Crusade Roundtable: Fondest Memories With A Handheld Console

Hey everyone, and welcome to another Controller Crusade Roundtable discussion. Every Friday our team of writers tackle a different gaming topic or question, and the topic this week is “fondest memories with a handheld console ”. Every gamer has at least some experience with handheld console in their lives, with its a Game Boy, Sega Game Gear, or even a Nintendo 3DS. Let’s take a trip down memory lane as the Controller Crusade team reminisces about their fondest memories with a handheld console.








I’d have to say my fondest memory was playing Metroid II: Return of Samus, way back on the Game Boy. Metroid II was the first Game Boy game I had ever gotten, and I was immediately hooked. It didn’t look like much at the time, and I didn’t really have much of an idea as to what I was doing, all I knew was I was having the time of my life. Metroid II is a major contributor to my love of handheld consoles, and hopefully sometime soon I will get to revisit the game and soak up the nostalgia.








For me, it has to be Mario Kart DS.  I was in the tail end of highschool when MKDS came out and I had a lot of free time, so naturally most of that time went straight into Mario Kart.  My friends and I would gather during our spare period, grab some snacks, and play Mario Kart.  We even had a particular spot where we’d hang out – there was space under one the stairwells.  There were even a few times we’d manage to get a full game going.  I have a lot of nostalgia and fondness for that time period, and Mario Kart DS is definitely a big reason why.








The original Kirby’s Dreamland was the game that convinced me that the Gameboy could feature fun and addictive gameplay just like its big-brother Nintendo consoles. I had borrowed the game from a friend with no idea what to expect, and after my young mind got over the strange concept of a balloon-looking guy sucking people up and shooting them back out as stars, I quickly became hooked. I played through-out the week until I finally beat it, being one of the very first games I vividly remember beating when I was a kid, and I felt pretty good about myself as the time too.

That’s a wrap on this edition of Controller Crusade Roundtable. As always we love when our readers join in on the discussion, so give us your two cents in the comments below. Also if you have any questions that you would like our team to answer for next week, let us know! Check back next week, and each and every Friday for more Controller Crusade Roundtable Discussions.

About Josh Gilbert

Josh is the Co-founder and a Senior Writer for Controller Crusade, and loves all things related to video games. He is a retro games collector trying to recapture his childhood one game at a time, and he also has a major dude crush on Nathan Drake. You can contact him via email at or on Twitter @joshgilbert11.

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