I love video games. There something wonderful about creating art and turning them into entertainment. For years, video games help create some of the most magical moments for players and fans, and has help the electronic and toy business boom following the disaster of the early 80’s. But one sure thing about video games is, without the consoles, we wouldn’t have any to begin with. Consoles are easy and accessible, and just about anyone can own in for their own living room or bedroom. Now we are going to be talking about home consoles and not the handheld ones. That’s for another countdown list. This is the top ten greatest video game console of all time.
10 Atari 2600
Atari knew gaming back in the 70’s. They were the king of gaming and created just about a large list of well known games such as Pong and Breakout for the arcades. Their cabinets would rack up almost $40 a day and spread out all over in various parts of America. However, the true moment that spark the company into becoming a well known public figure is the Atari 2600, a slick wooden box that have memorable controllers and joysticks and games ported from the arcades. The design is very simple and the controllers were easy to use. Of course there weren’t any story to the game back then, why did you need one to begin with, but that’s the beauty and the magic of the Atari 2600. You get to create the story yourself as you progress to the game and soon get engaged to what the game has to offer. And think about the games that the Atari 2600 had at that time, Pong, Asteroid, Night Driver, even original games like Yars’ Revenge, Frogger, and Combat. It popularized gaming at home and it’s a widely recognized company compare to the Intellivision and Colecovision. It’s something that very few consoles could achieve back then and something that Atari excel at before their demise.
9 Sega Dreamcast
The Sega Dreamcast was well ahead of its time, understanding the best features that both Sony and Nintendo provided with their consoles and combine the two to create an ultimate console with online browsing and gaming included. It felt like having an extra coat of sprinkles on an ice cream that already have sprinkles on them. It allows classical games to go on their final run such as the Sonic series and Phantasy Star Online, and also created new games that soon became a cult classic like Jet Set Radio and Shenmue. And it was the number one console to hold the best fighting games at that time, Power Stone, Street Fighter III series, and Marvel vs Capcom 2. It even launched their own sports lineup, the 2K series, which is going strong today. There were also innovative with their games, having players use a keyboard to kill zombies in Typing of the Dead, or take care of a Lenoard Nimoy breeded fish by talking to him in Seaman. And it started the online browsing as well. Sadly, certain features that newer consoles were unavailable for the Sega Dreamcast, and they focus a lot on hardware rather than games. However, the Dreamcast will be remembered by those who push the boundaries of gaming and help give gamers one last alternative to their competitors.
8 Nintendo Switch
Nintendo is an awesome company and one that I worry the most because if that company fails and go away, we might not have video games any more. After the disastrous run with the Nintendo WiiU, Nintendo needed a new console that help shift the company into the right direction and one that would revolutionize the gaming industry. After the reveal of the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo once again capture the audience's attention. The Switch offers a variety way of gaming, allowing players to take it anywhere they want and host up with 4 players with a tiny screen. It maybe another one of Nintendo gimmicky features, but it is one that works cause now we have a console we can take anywhere we want, rather than having it stay at home. And yes, while the controllers can be an issue with you have such large hands as the size of King Kong, there is no denying how interesting the games are. From their big name first party such as Mario Odyssey and Zelda: Breath of the Wild, to their mature rated games of Skyrim and Doom. Nintendo also offer players a chance to adapt their controllers and allow them to play with the comfortable and adaptable Nintendo GameCube Controller which is perfect for their greatest hit of all time, Super Smash Brother Ultimate. And their online service and classical games are wonderful, giving us an ideal Nintendo is keeping their promise to make the Switch a relevant console for a very long time.
7 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
Much like how relevant the Nintendo Switch is, the NES was relevant when it first came out in 1985. It help revitalize a dying gaming industry and rescue it from mere extinction. The NES look like a grey box with a box like controller that any child could come up with now days, but it was simple enough to work. The controls were simple, most of the games were simple, well for the most part, of course, and nearly every game brought out by NES era were instant classic. Games such as the Super Mario Brothers series, The Legend of Zelda, and yes Kirby, were outstanding in terms of graphics, gameplay, and music as well. Even third party games such as Castlevania, Mega Man, Final Fantasy, and the first success of a film franchise, Batman, add in more success to the home console, and help spawn several sequels along the way. It even gave Nintendo an unofficial mascot in the form of R.O.B. the Robot, a robotic toy to serve as a selling point to retailers that this wasn’t an electronic device but rather a toy that people would want to us. A perfect Trojan Horse to get their foot in America. The NES was not just a savior to all video gamers at that time, but historically, one of the famous consoles that help put Nintendo on the map and become one of the world's most famous video game company.
6 Sega Genesis
The Sega Genesis is more like the cool side of gaming in the early late 80’s and early 90’s. It knew it had to be different than the family friendly Nintendo, and have to capture a different demographic of audience Nintendo fail to catch. TIf anything, the Sega Genesis is the dark side towards Nintendo’s light side, as it’s design is all black, except for the silver color and logo on the console. Controllers did feel a little odd, because of a 3 button configuration, 6 if you are playing certain games with a new controller, but it didn’t matter, as it helps with fighting games and certain sports games as well. It was powerful enough to bring in such colorful games such as the Sonic series and a couple sports games. Several televised shows like Batman and Robin the Animated series and Power Rangers were preferred on the Sega Genesis, as well as mature games like Mortal Kombat thanks to the blood code provided by Sega. If you owned a Sega Genesis upon the peak of their popularity, then you were part of a cool team.
5 Microsoft Xbox
As controversial as it sounds, I do like the first Xbox console. It maybe big and heavy machinery, but it was something that proved Microsoft can create an interesting console despite how much they preferred gaming PC. While the console had a rocky start with a poor controller and little popular games, the console took off thanks to the Halo series and introduction of the Xbox Live. Online gaming became something important and Microsoft provide it to the audience with online connection and tournaments. Other interesting games have been created for the Xbox including Shenmue II, Jet Set Radio Future, The Fable series, and Forza Motorsports. It's also the only console to my knowledge that holds a huge memory bank as to oppose the PlayStation 2 and the Gamecube, which help players store as many games as they want, and even music as well so players can create a custom soundtrack to listen to while the game is going on. If you don’t like the tunes a certain video game gives, just head to the custom soundtrack on the option menu and select a wide variety of songs you burned on the original Xbox. The Xbox 360 may have a mega hit thou the faults is what caused it to drop off this list. Meanwhile, the original Xbox didn’t really have great original games but overall, with a combination of the games I mentioned along with strong third party, a huge memory bank, and a controller that would evolve into what we hold today, the original Microsoft Xbox stands tall on this list.
4 Nintendo Wii
Following a poor run with the Gamecube, Nintendo needed to divert themselves away from Microsoft and Sony if they want to survive the console wars and thus created a gimmick that soon capture the audience's attention of all ages. The motion control scheme not only work, but it became a huge hit having both Microsoft and Sony copy their idea and attempt to make one of their own, with less stellar results. With this, many people would own a Wii for physical purpose that all people to get up and play in your home. Games like Wii Sports have Wii owners standing up off their couches and play tennis, baseball, or bowling. It got everyone from kids, to teenagers, to adults, and even the elderly to finally move their arms and legs around as if they are in an actual sports venue at their living room. They continue with the fitness gaming thanks to an expansion of the Wii Sports games and Wii Fit with the introduction of the Wii Fit trainer, as well as Just Dance, a game where you mimic the movements on the screen. But the Nintendo Wii isn’t always about Fitness, as games such as Mario Kart Wii, Smash Brothers, Metroid 3, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and Super Mario Galaxy keeping the Wii strong with their first party titles. Meanwhile games like No More Heroes series, Tatsunoko vs Capcom, and House of the Dead were sleeper hits. Nintendo Wii also introduced online connection for the first time in the company's history, as well as online apps such as Netflix. For what it’s worth the Nintendo Wii wasn’t just a gimmick it was a console that can do almost everything.
3 Sony Playstation
The first PlayStation was already a major hit to the audiences at the first E3 convention. It blew away Sega Saturn by $100 less and featured more games. On top of that, most of the well known games over the years came from the very first Playstation. Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy 7 became an instant hit and was highly recognizable thanks to how the PS1 portrait the characters with its graphics. Popular mascots such as Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon were introduced to their audience along with the trio of outstanding video games, and two spin off games from Crash Bandicoot. Companies such as Capcom and EA created a barrage of games for the PS1 and there were good to fantastic, allowing for the PS1 to have a strong library of exclusive games when compared to N64 and Sega Saturn. Extra hardware allow gamers to play with up to four players via Multiap or LAN cable. It even feature a memory card, allowing gamers to carry their save data wherever they go something that old consoles could not do at that time. The large list of games was meant for all audiences so no matter the age demographic, there was always something for PS1 owners.
2 Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
I love the SNES. It’s one of the greatest consoles to ever look colorful and sounds spectacular while providing amazing games for the next 5 years. The SNES was indeed in a war against their rival Sega Genesis, but continued on with their traditional library of first party games such as Super Mario World and the Legend of Zelda III: A Link to the Past. It expanded the universe in Super Metroid and created a new type of gameplay that several companies attempted to mimic, but few come off successful. It even hold a new mode that help with the tech of the game call Mode 8, letting games like Mario Kart and F-Zero to play in a sorta like 3D dimension while still keeping it’s 2D nature. Following the ESRB rating system that was put into effect, Nintendo decided to go all out with their Super Nintendo and brought in mature games such as Mortal Kombat and Doom, while creating magical marvel thanks to the technological advancements from Star Fox and Donkey Kong Country. Much like the NES, the SNES was so memorable that Nintendo put out a mini version of it with games included inside, especially some cult classic hits like Earthbound and an unreleased version of Star Fox 2. Simply put, the SNES was outstanding at the time and how nostalgia the console was.
1 Sony Playstation 2
If you ever asked me which console is the greatest of all time, I just simply say the PS2, drop the mic, and leave. The PS2 was an amazing console that even non-gamers purchased it due to its key feature of being a DVD player, setting up for future consoles to have special features just like this. Along with their amazing feature, they also host online connect thou poor and lagging most of the time, but also a large list of magic hit games for the PS2 such as Socom and Need for Speed Underground 2. Game such as Grand Theft Auto III and God of War push the level of violence up to 10 with their shock factor and awe inspire gore and grotesque, while games such as Jak and Daxter and Ratchet and Clanks slowly creep their way into becoming mascots of the PS2. Games such as Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy continue their success into the PS2, and games such as Killzone and Devil May Cry were born to help fill up the library with more games to play. Music sensation Rock Band got their start on the PS2 before making it big in future consoles. There is so much that the PS2 have and can deliver, I just feel you need to own one and see for yourself.
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