Multiplayer is an extremely important mode to have, as well as interactivity. Pokémon games work well with handhelds because in modern times we've eschewed the link cable and it's easier than ever to link up with friends to battle, compete, and trade. It's easy for anyone to jump in and do so as well, and the ease of handhelds makes this possible. You don't even have to worry about being at home to do it .