It’s a debate as old as the dawn of Pong itself: which console is the best and which console is your favorite? With eight generations of consoles under the gaming industries belt, and the ninth on the way, there is quite a bit to choose from. But do you opt for nostalgia or capabilities, for selection of games or selection of classics, for add ons or for staying power? Who rules the console wars? Just don’t expect to see Atari or Intellivision… Oh, and by the way, handhelds count (for the sake of argument).
“What is your Favorite Video Game Console?“
The Timely Mage
Another toughy. I was really into Sega Genesis when I was a kid and then had a great time with the Nintendo 64, and after getting my first PlayStation I’ve stuck with the platform ever since. If I had to pick one then I might have to choose PlayStation 1. It has probably the most amazing and varied lineup of games (Final Fantasy VIII, Spyro, Vagrant Story, Metal Gear Solid, Twisted Metal, and the list goes on) and set the tone for all modern gaming.
The Black Humor Mage
Hear me out on this one: the Wii is my favorite console of all time. If I was a little bit older, I could see how it could be other consoles. But the Wii did something for a lot of young people out there: it brought the past to the present. I would not have been able to play classics from the NES, SNES, N64, and even the Gamecube games I missed as a kid. The Wii’s virtual console store is an amazing feature, and it really helped me appreciate past games. I’m still using my Wii to this day to play some classics, and works as a Gamecube too. The Wii itself didn’t have many great games, but there were a few gems. The Wii is a great all-in-one, a sort of glorified emulator. It’s a much cheaper and practical option than buying all those consoles too.
The Rage Mage
Speaking of wee-wees… good ol’ Virtual Boy renewed my faith in the worthlessness of humanity. I always wanted to see the world in red, but I didn’t want stupefying vertigo with it. A 3D gimmick that proved 3D gimmicks will always be just that: throw-up-in-mouth inducing. Nintendo has had about as many misses as a drunk Robin Hood, and the Virtual Boy ranks right up there as the worst. And I love to hate it. Don’t even get me started in on the Dreamcast and all two of its games…
The Green Screen Mage
The original Xbox and Gamecube both equally have my heart. They were the consoles that I really started playing video games on. I played older consoles, but those two were when I actually started getting good at video games. Playing Harvest Moon for hours and hours on the Gamecube and running through Halo repeatedly with my brother. So many good games on these consoles.
The White Out Mage
I love the N64. That and the original NES are two of my favorites but I have the fondest multiplayer memories with the N64. It made me a gamer.
The Well-Red Mage
Looking at the answers above, you can see the kind of impression and impact that Nintendo has left. Now obviously, the NES might simply be the greatest gaming system ever made for having an extremely broad library, a massive amount of classics, its exclusivity, its iconic status, its timelessness, its quality control, its accessibility for every member of the family by age range, and for defining gaming and for reviving the industry, my favorite system of all time is undoubtedly the Super Nintendo!
It was powerful enough to survive into the 3D era of gaming by pushing 32-bit graphics the furthest they could go and some of the finest games ever made are on the SNES (Super Mario World, Yoshi’s Island, FFIV and VI, Chrono Trigger, Mega Man X, Super Metroid, Earthbound, Donkey Kong Country and DKC2, Mario Kart, Zelda: A Link to the Past, Street Fighter II Turbo, etc, etc, etc.). This was Nintendo not just in their prime but on the top of the world, crushing everything with pure processing cartridge power. It took the rise of Sony and Nintendo’s clumsy step into 3D to dethrone the SNES. But it had no memory cards, no burdensome online connectivity, actually comfortable and intuitive controllers, an insane library of games, its focus on multiple genres, better graphics than early 3D games… It’s all been downhill for Nintendo ever since.
Let’s just say if there was a fire in my house, and I could only take one system with me, I’d grab my SNES first. I’d know it’d work plugged in anywhere.