In Pictures: 3 decades of hand-held game systems

Three decades after the debut of Milton Bradley's Microvision, here's a look at how handheld video game systems evolved, from early flops like the Atari Lynx to the gaming innovations of the iPhone.

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Game Park GP32 (2001)

The GP32 from Korean company Game Park is notable for being the first handheld game console designed to allow amateurs to program and distribute software for the system with few restrictions. Games were stored on standard SmartMedia flash cards, which made moving data between the console and a computer easy. As a result, the GP32 quickly amassed a large array of applications that allowed users to play games from other (usually older) systems through emulation. Few third-party developers chose to write games for the platform, however, probably because they were concerned that the relatively open platform would encourage piracy.

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