No Game Boy consoles were harmed during the making of this experiment

As portable systems become more powerful it's almost a given that battery life has to suffer as a result. We all fondly remember getting hours and hours of use out of our old monochrome Game Boys and Game Boy Advance MK1 consoles, but just how much more stamina do these retro relics offer when compared to the likes of the DSi and 3DS XL?

Wonder no more. The results are in, thanks to Wired's Geekdad section. Using cutting-edge laboratory methods, the test - which, at one point, is interrupted by a mischievousness child - produced the following results:

  • Sony PSP: 3 hours, 45 minutes
  • Nintendo 3DS: 3 hours, 55 minutes
  • Nintendo DSi: 4 hours, 2 minutes
  • Nintendo DS Lite (Silver): 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Nintendo 3DS XL: 4 hours, 32 minutes
  • Nintendo DS Lite (Yellow): 4 hours, 38 minutes
  • Game Boy Advance SP (Backlit): 4 hours, 50 minutes
  • Game Boy Micro: 5 hours, 30 minutes
  • Nintendo DSi XL: 5 hours, 45 minutes
  • Nintendo DS: 6 hours, 1 minute
  • Game Boy Advance SP (Frontlit, Black #1): 8 hours, 2 minutes
  • Game Boy Advance SP (Frontlit, Black #2): 8 hours, 5 minutes
  • Nintendo 3DS with Nyco battery pack: 9 hours, 11 minutes
  • Game Boy Advance SP (Frontlit, Silver): 11 hours, 56 minutes
  • Nintendo 3DS with Mugen battery pack: 13 hours, 50 minutes
  • Game Boy: 15 hours, 30 minutes (interference from child)
  • Game Boy Advance: 29 hours, 32 minutes
  • Game Boy Color: 35 hours, 45 minutes

The winner is the Game Boy Color, which is powered by just two AA batteries (but crucially lacks a back-lit screen). They sure don't make them like they used to.