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A handheld console, like a regular console, is differentiated from other handheld video games in its ability to play multiple games, usually through inserting cartridges or other media. These can be portable versions of normal consoles (Like the Sega Nomad or the Turbo Express) or stand-alone systems with their own unique media and library of games (such as the Nintendo Game Boy or Sega Game Gear). These consoles are designed to be entirely self-contained (with input and display all contained in one unit) and are designed with portability in mind, allowing the gamer to play away from home. The most recent handhelds to be released are Nintendo's Nintendo DS and Game Boy Micro (a redesigned Game Boy Advance) and Sony's first handheld, the PlayStation Portable.
For a list of articles about specific handhelds, please see the Handheld console category.