Nov 18 2010

Debate of the Day: What’s the Greatest Console of All Time?

Published by at 11:30 am under Debate,Video Games

I have this debate a lot with my friends, and so I thought I’d let it spill over onto the pages of my website as a discussion you all could participate in. Though there are only three real console contenders right now, over the years we’ve seen many a system come and go, and had a lot of good memories with  most of then. Yes, even you Dreamcast.

But is there one that stands out above all the rest? And if so, why? Is it pure nostalgia and yearning for the “glory days” of gaming before 3D messed everything up? Or is it the opposite, that power and graphic prowess and online capability have made the newest systems the absolute best by definition?

Honestly, I’m not sure about my own answer. Due to my age, the first console I ever played was Sega Genesis. Due to a video game ban at my house, the first console I ever owned was Nintendo 64. But then I remember amazing memories playing Grand Theft Auto and God of War on the PS2, and now I spend my days rotating through titles on my 360, which in terms of hours played takes the crown by far.

I really can’t decide. My Xbox has broken too many times for me to deem it quality enough to be the “best” console. PS2 was a blast and a tech revolution at the time, but I feel like I had more fun with earlier systems. Or was that just because I was a kid and EVERYTHING was more fun? Very few NES, SNES, Sega or 64 games are still fun enough to keep playing today. It’s just hard to recapture that feeling.

But hey, maybe you have a definite answer, and I’d love to hear what your pick is any why.





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47 responses so far

  • MR

    That’s easy. The PC. Not necessarily because of the games, But because it’s the developers platform. Without it, we would have nothing.

  • Andy D

    From a purely scientific point of view hours played, game collection, money invested ect it’s going to be the Xbox 360. But I do get all nostalgic for the N64 I think for most people it’ll end up being whatever they played when they were 12-16.

  • Vicious

    SNES for me. Everyone had one and the games, so many good memories…

  • Rob J

    For hours played it has to be the PC of course even if you just take the time played per console generation it still wins out. The gaming PC pioneered pretty much everything I can think off except maybe the moved more Blurays and the Wii moved more motion controls.

    I think I prefer the PS2 to the PS3 when I look back on things. MY 60GB PS3 broke and I no longer have a PS2 console and without any emulators I yearn for the good old days when I had more fun with it than any other console

  • sfR

    The original xbox, with modifications it worked as a great HTPC/Media center, and had emulators for all kinds of consoles. A modified xbox beats everything.

  • Kevin

    PSone. Huge library, great games, and revolutionary in its time.

  • Zligo

    I would say Neo Geo. Having real arcade games at home, that was cool.

  • Gabriel

    I would have to say based purely on system not games, the Xbox. I feel that Xbox opened the doors on how online gaming should work for consoles. I bought an Xbox because the funnest thing to do was Halo 1 LAN Parties, even though LAN parties were very common, Xbox did it right. The original controllers were bulky but well thought out with joystick, button and trigger configuration, this made first person shooters and racing games much better for the Xbox as opposed to PS2(it was much more comfy to hold down the right trigger for 2 hours rather than the “R2″ button for PS2). Also note that you never would run out of storage space for the Xbox (I’m looking at you PS2…..with your memory cards….and stuff..) Ya it was a bulky system, but for me being in my teenage years when it came out, you had to have an Xbox to fit in.

    On the other hand, Nintendo Wii has been the console Juggernaut ever since it released. The numbers prove it every year when it outsells everything. It is fun and was very innovative during its release even though Wii-Mote TV deaths increased substantially. The graphics of the Wii aren’t the best but when it comes to uniqueness it dominates in my opinion. I have yet to try the Playstion Move or Kinect, but i don’t think of them because the Wii is still a lot of fun for me and I dont want to spend a lot of money for the same stuff yet.

    It is hard to say the Xbox is the greatest console of all time because every console has its good and its bad qualities. I would say based on console quality and “epicness” the Xbox would win in my book.

  • Josh

    Andy D is right, it will be any system a person owned when they were 12-16. For me, it will be the PS1. Such a large library and variety of games. Innovation too, with the beginning of 3D gaming.

  • Gadget

    I will concede a modified original x-box was one of the greatest machines I owned until it died.

    However, in terms of machines in their factory settings, the greatest console was the Dreamcast. The love I have for my noisy white box has still to be neared, yet alone eclipsed. It could be that the console was murdered prematurely, but I will always treasure Sega’s last.

  • Greg

    Gotta go with the N64. The countless replays of OoT and Mario 64, plus the multiplayer in GoldenEye accounted for most of my adolescent years.

    Then again, it may just be (like other people have said) that the N64 just happened to be the popular/revolutionary console when I was a pre-teen. If the 360 had been in its place I would probably be saying that (although I have yet to find a game that matches OoT for awesomeness in its time – no, not even mass effect IMHO).

  • Gadget

    Disagree with Josh and Andy D.

    I had a SNES at 12, and the Dreamcast at 18/19.

    In the interests of fairness, the consoles I’ve owned/currently own:
    Gameboy, NES, SNES, N64, Dreamcast, X-Box, PS2, Gamecube, Wii, & 360

    Consoles not owned but played:
    Master System, Sega Mega Drive, Atari 2100, Playstation, Sega Saturn, Sega Game Gear, PS3, Phillips CDi, Panasonic 3DO, Neo Geo

  • Sara C.

    I got my NES for Christmas when I was 6. 21 years and 1600 miles later, I still have it hooked up to my tv. I can throw almost any of those cartridges in there and still have a blast. Plus, some of those NES games are so effing hard. The original LoZ? Ninja Gaiden? Contra? The underwater level in TMNT? Cripes.

    Though, my first play through of OoT was practically a religious experience. This is why the Virtual Console is one of the most amazing features of the Wii. Best. Idea. Ever.

    I’ve also practically run my 360 into the ground.

    And Shadow of the Colossus?! Not since OoT have I felt a part of something so epic.

    In conclusion, this question is hard. It’s like Sophie’s Choice over here.

  • Guy Incognito

    He specifically asked what is the greatest CONSOLE so PC is not part of the debate. In my mind it’s the PS2 for it’s amazing longevity. There’s a reason it’s the most successful console of all time, reaching sales numbers that will probably never be reached again for a very long time. Hell, it still sells millions of units a year (3.1M the first half of this year, 7.3 in 2009) a decade after release. Just take a look at IGN’s 100 best PS2 games to see how many seriously great games there were on it.

  • Josh

    Greatest console ever is, without a single doubt in my mind, the Sega Genesis.

  • James

    Have to agree with Sara, my NES has gone through almost 25 years and countless hours of gaming and although I painted it and overclocked the processor at one point I still can have fun times showing my young kids the joys of Mario..

    As for all time best I would have to say its the first gen PS3. Simply, it can play every other Playstation game out there with no issues. And come on, the greatest controller of all time has come from Sony, there is a reason it has hardly changed since the original system over 10 years ago and has sold over 28 million units.

  • Jack

    This is a hard one! I grew up on the Atari, but never owned an NES (but played enough on my friend’s to say I did). In HS, my platform of choice was a C64 (not technically a console), where I played pretty much every Infocom text game ever produced. Then I went through my point and click adventure phase on a 386 PC. But it was the PSOne that pretty much cemented my status as a console gamer.

    But my vote would have to go to the PS2 for the reasons cited by Guy Incognito. It seems the only thing I use my PS3 for is to buy and play old PS2 games from the PlayStation Store (same thing with my Wii). I think that says a lot about the PS2.

    All that being said, I spend the majority of my gaming time on the 360, go figure.

  • Henrik

    The N64 and the PS2 are my favorites.

  • Billdog

    SNES of course! So many great games, a simple control pad and decent graffix for the time. Playstation took it to a new level, but didn’t have the same impact as SNES. I can still play those games and thoroughly enjoy myself. No loading time, just slap it in and start playing. Good times :)

  • Bigdog

    First, IMO it’s not just about the machine. Or else the Dreamcast would rule all. Also, to me, modifications don’t count as you can modify almost any console. (Even the wii has an array of homebrew software, and the Dreamcast could also run homebrew and roms as well)

    So you look at that, and take a look at legacy. The quality of games. The longevity.

    So, with that said, it has to be the SNES.

    It perfected franchises in its time. (Mario, Zelda, Metroid, DK, Kirby). It had original games. (Illusion of Gaia, Earthbound, Secret of Mana) Its best games aged very well. (aLttP, Super Metroid, SMW).

    Best of all, it had incredible balance. You could find the best versions of each type of game (RPG, Fighting, Platforming, etc) on the system. You didn’t NEED to get another system. Today’s systems are a bit more in a niche. You have to get at least two to get the top games in all genres.

    Which is why the Genesis comes close. You could have had a perfectly complete experience on the SNES and yet you STILL couldn’t pass up the Genesis.

  • ROSS

    My vote is for the PS2. So many good and unique games. Katamari anyone?

  • Metallimetal

    Consoles owned over the years:
    Atari 2600, NES, SNES, Gameboy Pocket,
    Sega Genesis, N64, PS1, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360

    Greatest console of all time? How does one answer such a question? After owning a solid number of memorable consoles, it’s hard to pick definite winner. The NES is the system that really kick started my love for gaming. Mario, Metroid, Punch Out, Contra, Ninja Gaiden, and many more… I could just spend hours and hours playing, although, it probably had more to do with the fact that the games back then were harder to beat because you only had so many lives, not to mention that you couldn’t save your progress during most games. However, it did make beating a game feel all the more rewarding. This of course would still continue future consoles.

    The SNES was short-lived in our household, but we made the most of our time with it. Super Mario World, enough said! Besides that game, I remember playing many that were also available for the Genesis, so losing the SNES wasn’t that big of a deal. My best/most frustrating moments with the Genesis came with games like Sonic, Earthworm Jim, Street Fighter, Joe Montana’s Sports Talk Football, NHL Hockey ’93, and a slew of others. While I spent a fair amount of time with both systems, they really just served as something to occupy my free time, and since I was only 9 years old, I had plenty of free time!

    When the N64 came out, I never really took any interest in it. My brother was actually the one who wanted it, so he got it as a present for Christmas. It’s funny too, because aside from the Star Wars game that came with it, I can’t remember him ever buying a game for it. If he did, it might have been a wrestling game, whichever one had the NWO as the main theme for it. My brother was never the type of gamer that I was, he just did it to play something from time to time. Also, since he’s my brother, fighting and sports games were a must, although, he’d get mad because I rarely lost and he’d say that the computer was cheating for me. He’d usually follow that up with, “let’s take it outside and see who wins.” In all fairness, he would have won had we taken it outside.

    Like I said, the N64 was never really a big interest for me. To be honest, I never got into Mario 64, a game that is highly praised by most people who played it. It’s also the last time I really played a Mario game, well, besides going back to play the old games, but I digress. The Sony Playstation was the system that I wanted, and it’s the system that I would get. I remember asking my mom to get it for me, and also asking her to get Metal Gear Solid with it. Well, she eventually did get it for me, although, she came back Metal Gear VR Missions. Supposedly the store worker told her that “this is probably the game he meant, because it’s the newest one.” Mom’s are so easily mislead! VR Missions was hardly the game that I was expecting, but I still had fun with it, nonetheless. It was a blast to run around as ninja, hacking and slashing through enemies, even if it only had 3 modes. Other games I enjoyed were Metal Gear Solid (eventually), Tekken 3, Twisted Metal 2, Driver, Sub-Zero Mythologies, and others as well. I really didn’t get that many games for the PS1, but I had fun with the few that I owned.

    The PS2, a system that I didn’t get until I graduated from high school (2002), is quite possibly the biggest influence on how I play games today. A friend of mine had an Xbox, but I never connected to it. I hated the controller, especially when compared to the well balanced controller of the PS1/2. Metal Gear Solid 2, Metal Gear Solid 3, Gran Turismo 3, Tekken Tag, The Mark of Kri, Ratchet & Clank (Up Your Arsenal, Going Commando), God of War, God of War II, GTA San Andreas (first game that literally wore out the buttons on my controller), Madden (’03-’07), Twisted Metal Black, Call of Duty, and many others that might be slipping my mind at the moment. However, there is one game that trumps them all in terms of how much time and effort I put into it, that game is Battlefield 2: Modern Combat. It’s still my favorite online shooter, hands down. Even though I don’t play it much anymore, mainly because it’s so hard to find a decent server (surprised that they still have any), and just the fact that all my friends have left the game. It was great while it lasted, though. It was also cool to be in the 10 and top 5 in certain categories. Something that I will probably never attain again. It was easier to be great at a game when I didn’t have a job and I could spend 8-12 hours per day racking up kills, those days are long gone, but very much remembered.

    The PS3, once again, I waited until the price went down. $600+ for a console is outrageous, I don’t care how big a fan I was of Sony, I couldn’t spend that much at the time. When I did get it, finally (2 years after launch), I got the Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle, which after tax ended up costing $550. So still not that much of a deal, but I had the money to spend and have no regrets. The main game series that I played on the PS1/2 are mostly alive and well on the PS3, which is nice, because now they look incredible. MGS4, GoW3, Tekken 6, CoD MW/MW2, Gran Turismo 5 (soon I hope), Ratchet and Clank, Madden 11 (My Saints finally won), Fight Night Round 4, Infamous, Dead Space, etc… There are so many great games nowadays, that I find it hard to keep up with. In fact, it’s so hard to keep up with, I have bought games that have yet to play, some of which are over a year old. Is that a good or bad thing? Hopefully, someday soon I’ll be able to get around to Borderlands, Uncharted 2, Ratchet and Clank: Crack in Time, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith… Maybe a few others. :(

    Xbox 360, I don’t have much to say about this, considering that I’ve only had it for a couple of months now. I got the Halo: Reach bundle, which to me seemed like too good of a deal to pass up. Not to mention, but Gears of War 3 looked amazing at E3, which might have what pushed me to get one. Reach was great, although, after playing a couple weeks online I stopped, and have yet to return. I’m sure I will, but not sure when. I think it’s mainly because I have so many people on PSN that I’ve been playing with for the better part of a decade, so there’s a sense of not wanting to distance myself from them. Good friends a hard to come by, even if they’re only online friends that I’ll probably never meet.

    If I had to pick a favorite system, I think I’d lean more toward the Sony Playstation 2. Even though it’s certainly not my first system, it’s the one that changed my perspective on gaming. Sure, when I was a kid playing on the NES, just having a game to play was a treat. Some games were undeniably great/epic, others not so much. The NES is with out a doubt, at least in my mind, the main reason gaming is what it is today. Do I love the system? Yes, of course! Do I think it’s the greatest? Not necessarily, however, it may be the most significant.

    No matter what system is regarded as the best, there’s no denying that they all had something to do with the shaping of the gaming landscape. Some will say the greatest belongs to the NES (SNES), or Sega (Genesis, Dreamcast), while others will say Playstation (1, 2, 3), or Xbox (360). Whatever the answer, it’s true to whoever gives it. We all have our favorites, whether it be systems, games, characters, stories, etc… We all share those sentiments, which is what is so great about being a gamer. Just think what the industry will look like in another 5, 10, or even 20 years. I hope to be in the mix for all the years to come.

    This was a good topic for discussion, thanks for posting it! Also, work has slowed to a snail’s pace, so it was nice to write something that occupied my time.

    One more thing, Paul, what is your favorite? I know you said that you couldn’t decide, but what if you had to pick?

  • PJ Beardsley

    I think the concenus is that you have to take into account the games and also the overall experience of playing the console. SNES had an amazing game library, but it lended itself better to all night solo sessions trying to beat DK Country than memorable gaming moments with your friends. With the rise of online gaming the multiplayer experience has become one of the most important aspects of modern game design. This would not be the case if not for the first true 4 player 3D home console, the n64. If a generation of gamers hadn’t cut their teeth on the frantic multiplayer madness of Goldeneye, Super Smash Bros, Mario Party, Mario Kart, & Perfect Dark, would games like Modern Warfare be the biggest entertainment launches of all time? Doubtful. Playstation games were for lonely bastards (FFVII, Metal Gear Solid, Gran Turismo), n64 games were for the future rulers of the online deathmatch.

    I made a little list as well:

    1. n64
    2. Sega Genesis
    3. SNES
    4. NES
    5. XBOX 360
    6. Sega Dreamcast
    7. PS2
    8. Wii
    9. XBOX
    10. Playstation
    11. PS3
    12. Sega Saturn
    13. Gamecube

  • trashcanman

    SNES. Best quality game selection ever and a quantum leap from the NES. PS2 was no tech revolution. Just PS1 with better graphics. SNES looked like graphics heaven when it came out (seems funny now, but it’s true) added lots of buttons (and therefore complexity) and was the first console powerful enough to make legit arcade ports. Best, Console. Ever.

  • Drester

    @Metallimetal

    If you’ve got a N64 and and you didn’t play the best game ever then you really missed out.

    GoldenEye is one of my favorite games. I’ve played it with my friends and brothers many many hours. My best gaming memory’s come from the N64 so that has to be my favorite console.

    I started gaming with the NES and I have to say comes in close second. Playing Duck Hunt, Double dragon II and Nintendo World Cup was really great. Even think the earliest memories I’ve got are from me playing the NES. So yeah I change my vote to NES for nostalgic reasons

  • GruffN’Stuff

    Original NES for me with an N64 honorable mention. Yeah, I kick it old school.

  • Ant2206

    I reckon the SNES. It was the perfect console for its time and where it sat in the cultural landscape can never be reproduced (the closest is the PS2). Graphically it was more than a step along, it was a revolution, and then it revolutionised itself again with the Super FX chip. Games on the SNES still consistently make the top 10 lists in their respective genres, if not top them entirely – Super Mario World, Mario Kart, the Final Fantasy series (not a fan of them personally, but the best of the series are apparently on the SNES), Chrono Trigger, Donkey Kong, the Mega Man Xs, Link to the Past… these are games that aren’t played just for nostalgia, they’re truly excellent and stand up to this day.

  • Metallimetal

    @ Drester

    Obviously I failed to mention all the games that I played on the N64, as well as other consoles. Now, assuming that when you say “you didn’t play the best game ever then you really missed out”, would you be referring to GoldenEye, or Mario 64? Well, whichever one you were referring to doesn’t really matter, I guess. I played both of them, Mario was alright, but not what I expected so I quickly lost interest. GoldenEye, on the other hand, I played quite a lot actually, and liked it too. That being said however, I don’t think that game really had a major impact on me as a gamer, especially at that time. Now, years later, I’d say that playing Quake 3 on PC with friends is what really got me interested, even though I was horrible at it. Despite my poor gaming skills with a keyboard and mouse, that game is really what peaked my interest. Without it, I would probably have stuck with Madden as my main day to day game. I’m very thankful for that.

    Also, I did have fun on the 64, but I never felt like it was the system for me. Not to mention, but by that time I had lost considerable interest in Nintendo. Even after that, with the Gamecube, and now the Wii, I just feel as though they don’t make the kind of games that I want to play anymore. Nintendo, I think, has a different target audience, and unfortunately I don’t fit into it. Die hard fans of Nintendo will obviously never leave its side, but I was never a Nintendo Fanboy, if anything, I’d be a Sony Fanboy.

    Here’s another thing, while I say that the PS2 is my favorite system, there’s certainly no chance that I’ll ever hook it up again. It’s not necessarily the system that I loved so much, but rather it was the games and personal experiences that I had. Without that system, I’m not sure what kind of gamer I would be. And who knows, if I had gotten an Xbox instead then perhaps this might be an entirely different conversation.

    I started out as a fan of Nintendo, then Sega, and last but not least Sony. I’m not going to mention Microsoft, because until now I haven’t been much of a fan, just more or less a casual passerby. It doesn’t mean it’s not a good system, because it is, even with all it’s faults. Hopefully my new Xbox 360 will not meet with the same fate that a number of my friends 360’s did. Throughout all the years the only system that I ever HAD TO REPLACE, was the PS1. Although, had I not been so impatient, I might have been able to fix the problem. The breaking of my PS1 was sort of a blessing in disguise, though. A friend of mine (at the time) was selling his PS1 with a ton of games, a few controllers, and 2 memory cards… I bought it from him for $70. Not too shabby if you ask me. I replaced only one other console, the original NES, simply because of all the cosmetic damage that it had taken over the years. Keep in mind that it still worked.

    I still stand by my answer, the PS2 provided me with the most bang for my buck, the most enjoyable experiences, and a group of friends that I still game with on the PS3. No other system that I owned was able to do all of these things.

    On a side note, now that I have a 360, I don’t think I’ll be able to make friends as easily as I can make them on the PS3… Sorry to say, but there are a lot of assholes on Xbox Live, just saying.

  • Drester

    @ Metallimetal

    As a Nintendo Fanboy, although my faith is getting weaker these last years, I myself never owned a Playstation. I’ve played it alot with friends but is can’t really give a grounded opinion.

    About the 360; I really liked it the first 2 years that I owned it. The 360 controller is the best there is, at least this one is big enough for my hands in contrary to the playstation controller. However, few moths ago I got the unavoidable RROD so that scratches the 360 of my list. Also the noise!! It’s like a vacuum cleaner.

  • Dylan

    N64 FTW!

  • http://themediaexperiment.wordpress.com/ Suppes

    Being of a younger generation, I say the PS2. But I’ve never played an N64 game that I didn’t like

  • pancho

    I would say the greatest console would be the nes because it was the first console that most people owned. Also there had been nothing like it before and it also had so many classic games

  • Metallimetal

    @ Drester

    When I first started buying my own systems it was pretty obvious that I wouldn’t be able to afford multiple systems at the same time. After graduating from high school I took all the money that I received from relatives and I bought the PS2. I got Gran Turismo 3, Driver 2, and a memory card. I know Driver 2 wasn’t a PS2 game, but I was also an impulsive buyer at the time and felt the need to blow all the money I had. Let’s just say now that I have a job, bills, and the other costs that go along with growing up, I try my hardest not to make rash decisions like that anymore. However, with a job I’m now able to buy bigger and better things, which is nice.

    When it comes to the controller for the Xbox, I always thought that it was to big for my hands, especially when it first came out. I realize that since then the controller has been re-sized and is better than I remember it. That being said, however, I have always though that the Playstation controller was perfectly balanced, I mean come on, just look at it. I guess I could see where you’re coming from when you say that PS controller isn’t big enough for your giant hands… lol jk It’s definitely much smaller when compared to the Xbox controller. I think my biggest pet peeve with the Xcon is the location of the left thumb stick and the horrible D-pad.

    As for the 360, like I said, I just bought it recently. It’s the newest generation of Xbox, so it’s smaller, quieter, and hopefully more reliable. I still notice that it puts off quite a bit of heat, but I can’t really say that it’s any more than what my PS3 puts off. I also made sure to get a 3-year Squaretrade warranty ($30) on it just in case.

    At the moment I’m looking forward to a number of upcoming games for both systems, although the majority will be for PS3. I’ve already made it a point that if a multiplayer game is available on both systems (Black Ops/Battlefield Bad Company 2) then I’ll make sure and get it for the PS3. If anyone is wondering why I would do something like that, it’s simple… If I ever decide to stop paying for Xbox Live, then I wont have wasted my money on a game that I can’t fully enjoy without online play.

    Alright, I think that’s all from for the time being. Adios.

  • http://chapulandia.wordpress.com/ Schiapu

    It’s difficult to pick just one. The NES revived home console gaming, the PSOne was the first console that gave us truly great games for grown ups, the game library for the SNES is AWESOME.

    I’m going to call my vote to a PC with 10 emulators :D

  • Keriv

    That is a tough one. It’s a tie between SNES and PS2. No other game systems even come close to the libraries of those two systems. Not just the count of games, but the count of playable fun games. I’ve had just about everything from NES on, and they were the best. The modern systems aren’t even the running for me. Ever since the advent of broadband multiplayer, gaming has completely changed. Back in the day of the older systems, games were played for completely different reasons. Now, the actual game portion of a game is mainly a side note. Single player story lines used to be video gaming. Now they are only on average nine hours long. Then comes hundreds of hours sunk into multi-player. With modern games, I’m not playing the game, but using it as a platform to play against other people.

  • Homo Erectus

    #3… The Atari 2600. Not only did this get the whole thing moving on a mass scale, but the games were, in their overly simplistic way, fun! I long for games that don’t require dozens of button combos.

    #2… The Nintendo Wii. I cannot deny that the motion controller is a revelation that has been around now a couple years and that the rivals are STILL trying to catch up to.

    #1… The SNES. Ok, I can’t argue this. I can’t reasonably quanitfy this. I think I had the most fun playing this, and I can’t explain why. It probably just came at the right time for me. So for me it’s #1, but I understand why no one else might think so.

  • Drester

    @Metallimetal

    I meant the x-box 360 controller, not the oversized x-box I controller.

    And boy do you take much space to make your point.

  • lllLSDlll

    i had every console of the past 30 years and play just about every games.

    Play Station 1
    Coleco Vision
    Dreamcast

    those are the 3 console that took the biggest part of my life away.

  • Metallimetal

    @ Drester

    I know what you meant, and I acknowledged that the controller had been re-sized since the original and it’s better than I remember.

    And yes, I talk a lot… Especially when it comes to topics that interest me, so if it’s alright I’ll continue to do so. Have a good one.

    Gran Turismo 5 is just a couple of days away!!! I think now is the time for me to get an HDTV…

    This just might be the shortest thing that I’ve written on this site! haha

  • Daniel

    Since in 21, im in the slightly “older generation”. N64 sega master system where some of the best gaming expericnes i had, as well as the original ps1. Alot of the new games now IMO arent as fun, they have great graphics, but not a good storyline, Another good thing about older games is you get attached to characters. some people get sad when their favourite ones die etc.

  • Ian

    For me it had to be the SNES.

    Sure Atari kicked ass when I was a kid (came out when i was 4) but I was far too young really enjoy it. NES had alot of cool games, like a boy and his blob, teenage mutant ninja turtles, etc. But SNES by far had some of the most kickass games and was host to some of my still favourite games like, Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past, Earthbound(AKA Mother 2) Some of the best Final Fantasy games, Earthworm Jim, Rock And Roll Racing(still one of the best racing games in my opinion!) and the list goes on and on!

    Don’t get me wrong, I love all the systems after that as well as all the new gen systems… but non has every had so many amazing games as the SNES and SNES didn’t need all kinds of crazy add ons to make the system awesome, it just was. Now don’t get me wrong, when it comes to PS3 and Xbox 360, I have by far put more hours into those systems than any other (all though, maybe not, didn’t have to work or have children during the days of SNES)

    Anyways, that was my rant for all to see! SNES Rules!

  • Jack

    N64 – hands down. Smash Bros., OoT. It’s all you’d ever need.

  • leo

    Without a doubt it has to be The SNES, it was the only consel that could make all of us children sit down together and ply and the memories of Mario Kart, Mortal Kombat 2 and Super Street fighter and Donkey Kong2 will last me the rest of my life.

  • Bo

    I will say the Dreamcast b/c of the VMU inside of the controllers, we could see ur stats, ur player energy plus ESPN(2K5) football is the best sport game ever

  • tex

    I would have to say that the best console/portable system has to be the Sega Game Gear. Given that it came out around the same time as the original Gameboy, as far as technology is concerned it was lightyears ahead of its time. The Game Gear was the first portable system with true color graphics, the first to have such accessories as a tv tuner adapter, and a much longer list of first than I can really recall off the top of my head. As such, the Sega Game Gear truly is the best system.

  • Mike

    Consoles I’ve had since I was about 6 or 7: Atari, Colecovision, NES, SNES, N64, PS1, GameCube, PS2, Wii, PS3. If you add handhelds: GameBoy, GameGear, GBPocket, GBAdvance, DS.

    As you can see I’ve largely favored Nintendo and Sony, and I’ve never been inclined to have anything from Sega or Microsoft (other than PC stuff).

    So for me my absolute favorite system based off the games and childhood memories is without a doubt the SNES.

    If I had to make a top 5 it would look like this:

    1. SNES
    2. PS1
    3. N64 or NES (tie)
    4. PS2
    5. PS3

    However, being 31 now. My main go-to for nearly all of my gaming needs is my PC.

  • Brad

    It is a tough one for me since I had an N64 and a PS1 along with an NES when growing up but I did have more fun playing Duke Nukem and Turok 2 and Zelda on the N64 so the N64 is my answer! Even though each system has its best title exclusives and campibilities they are all great in their own right

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