Jesse Wente Increasingly, it's portable video games that have taken over for their more expensive home-based siblings as the most popular way to play. And now Apple may be getting into games as well. Q's Screenboy Jesse Wente offers his latest top ten - best ever hand-held games.


1/ Tetris (Game Boy) - All hail the hand-held king - no other handheld game had as much influence on the history of gaming as this title - and you know, it's still really good

2/ Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (Game Boy) - Mario's second time on the original Game Boy delivered one of the last old-school 2D Mario experiences - just like Mario on the NES, only portable

3/ Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Game Boy Advance) - on one hand, it was a port of the legendary SNES game, and on the other it came with "Four Swords," which allowed up to four people to play together - Zelda multiplayer was a revelation, especially in the palm of your hand

4/ Lunar Knights (DS) - I love this sci-fi RPG from Hideo Kojima, creator of Metal Gear Solid - you can create hurricanes by blowing into the microphone, which is among the coolest things ever until someone catches you doing it on the subway

5/ WarioWare: Twisted! (Game Boy Advanced) - hmm, a game that can sense the movements you make with the machine? - it's true folks, Nintendo's experiments with motion sensing technology began here, long before anyone had ever heard of a Wii

6/ Space Invaders Extreme (DS/PSP) - the old school classic gets a modern updating and is reborn as a totally addictive new experience

7/ God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP) - the first game on the PSP that really showed the potential of the console - perhaps the best looking handheld game of all time

8/ Contra 4 (DS) - as if this classic action title needed to get harder, now enemies and fire at you from two screens!

9/ Nintendogs (DS) - don't deny it, you've been secretly walking your Yellow Lab puppy in between Mario games - you're not the only one

10/ Trauma Centre: Under the Knife (DS) - who knew surgery could be fun? - mimic surgical procedures and a lousy soap opera in this DS classic

Others to take with you: Tecmo.

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