Twenty years after Game Boy, the variety and strength of dedicated gaming handhelds has turned a novelty into a viable industry. The Game Boy's distant cousin the Nintendo DSi ($169) is still on top, but Sony's new PSP Go ($249) eschews hard media for downloadable games, and Linux-based units like the Pandora ($330) and Gamepark's GP2X Wiz ($179) are as open-source as it gets for the homebrew and emulation community. Throw one in your bag and bring the arcade wherever you go.

As an addendum to our glimpse into the future of mobile gaming in the 2009 Style & Design package from our latest issue, we're taking a look back at the 10 best handheld games of all time...

TITLE: Football (1977)
SYSTEM: Mattel Football
• (Move left.) BEEP! (Move right.) BEEP! (Move to the middle.) BEEP! BEEEEEEEP! Damn! Lost again! We all know and love the frustrating yet classic Football...even if it does look like a free Happy Meal toy.

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TITLE: Donkey Kong (1982)
SYSTEM: Game & Watch (Multi-Screen)
• Don't be fooled by the title. This is an old-school game where you play as Mario trying to rescue Princess Peach from Donkey Kong. The DS looks like its modeled after Game & Watch, but thankfully the DS doesn't run on those tiny-ass watch batteries that you can't find anywhere.

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TITLE: Tetris (1989)
SYSTEM: Nintendo Game Boy
• Definitely changed the game in '89: long bricks smashing into open slots, AYO!

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TITLE: Super Mario Land (1989)
SYSTEM: Nintendo Game Boy
• With the release of the Game Boy, Mario's adventure to save Princess Peach got a little more complicated than jumping over barrels. On his quest he fights monsters and Goombas, collects money, and faces Bowser, his greatest nemesis...and all he gets is a G-rated kiss?! Back to the dragon, ma!

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TITLE: Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (1992)
SYSTEM:Sega Game Gear
• Sonic runs (for a very long time, holla at that Gold Bond homie!) and fights to save his broski Tails. The Game Gear was kind of wack and took six AA batteries to power, but you can't front on this classic.

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TITLE: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993) SYSTEM: Nintendo Game Boy
• This version of the legendary franchise has only a brief mention of Princess Zelda and doesn't take place in Hyrule at all. In this one, Link awakens in another man's home, talks to an owl who tells him his destiny, and has to defeat nightmare monsters to play the Wind Fish a song. And you thought Mario was the only dude taking 'shrooms.

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TITLE: Pokemon Blue and Red (1998)
SYSTEM: Nintendo Game Boy
• Please don't hate or think you're too cool to have ever played this, we know you did. Like you, we spent weeks and months training and trying to capture all 151 Pokemon. Oh, and we didn't use the item cheat. Cheaters!

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TITLE: Mario Kart DS (2005)
SYSTEM: Nintendo DS
• Now we're very aware that Mario Kart Super Circuit for the Game Boy Advance was good, and you loved it, and blah blah blah. But this one is newer and better. End of discussion.

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TITLE: God of War: Chains of Olympus (2008)
SYSTEM: Sony PSP
• Kratos is back with his hack-and-slash killing sprees! Chains of Olympus is the prequel to the original God of War. Kinda like the X-Men Origins game—except you know, good.

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TITLE: GTA: China Town Wars (2009)
SYSTEM: Nintendo DS
• Handheld or not, this is one of our favorite games of 2009. Same concept as all the other ones, folks: rise to power. Only this time, you better listen: "No tickey, no laundry!" And if you have a problem with that, you're going to die. Seriously though, we like this one because it has original gameplay, making good use of all the DS's abilities. Guaranteed to waste plenty of your precious time.