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(Guardian)   Ranking the 25 greatest consoles. I'm sure this discussion will be calm and rational. Also, swap #1 with #2 and we are good   ( divider line
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2020-07-16 8:33:21 AM  
14 votes:
6. Famicom/Nintendo Entertainment System (1983)
4. Sega Mega Drive (1988)

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2020-07-16 6:51:07 AM  
12 votes:
No Atari in the top 3 is just plain wrong.
2020-07-16 7:51:59 AM  
11 votes:
water physics simulation game ahead of it's time
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2020-07-16 8:37:01 AM  
9 votes:
Dreamcast deserves to be higher than that
2020-07-16 6:59:46 AM  
8 votes:
Super NES was #1? There is zero rationale for that.

Also, Lynx was far more impressive than Jaguar. It was a color screen handheld in the market way before anyone else, with a better catalog.
2020-07-16 8:58:14 AM  
5 votes:
Ps2 would be over SNES for one major reason: in addition to the huge ps2 library it played all ps1 games as well.  Not to mention DVD's.

If the ps3 hadn't killed BC due to costs, I'd put it at number 1 for the same reason.
2020-07-16 12:17:38 PM  
4 votes:
Their list is a mess.

There have only been five dominant consoles that were actually consoles. Modern 'consoles' are just PCs with a specialized OS, so what we think of as consoles now are just PCs for people that want simple, portable, cheap, and with a controller included.

There have only been five actual consoles that dominated their eras:
Atari 2600/VCS - 1977-83
NES - 1983-90
SNES - 1990-95
Playstation - 1995-2000
Playstation 2 - 2000-2008

After that is just off-the-shelf PC parts in a small case.

If you want a top 2, it is PS2 and NES. They dominated for the longest time. If you owned one you used it for at least a decade. FYI - I never owned either. I went from Atari 2600 to Apple 2e to Amiga 2000 to PCs, so I don't really have a dog in the fight.

/turns out the master race won in the end...
2020-07-16 10:21:44 AM  
4 votes:
Atari 2600 deserves #1 just for being the consol that started it all.
2020-07-16 10:00:44 AM  
4 votes:
How brain damaged is that article writer to put the PS3 at 14, Gamecube at 15, and the 360 at 3?
2020-07-16 8:58:16 AM  
3 votes:
I used to collect video game consoles. At one point I had everything on this list except for the 'visions and the Jaguar. I've got both versions of the Sega Master System knocking around somewhere, as well as all three versions of the Genesis.

I miss my collector days...
2020-07-16 8:44:45 AM  
3 votes:

Close2TheEdge: This is the greatest of all time.  Don't even try to deny it, nerds.

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So, I did a Google Image Search on that and as best as they can tell, it's one of these:

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And 80 years ago if you were a kid with one of those, you were as popular as a kid with an Atari game console in 1980.
2020-07-16 8:39:16 AM  
3 votes:
They put the Atari Jaguar at #24. This list, the person who wrote it, the person who gave it a green light, and the Guardian are now permanently invalid.
2020-07-16 6:39:04 AM  
3 votes:
List fails without Pong
2020-07-16 9:14:51 AM  
2 votes:
I can't believe the XBox 360 is so high.  It's fine as long as you completely ignore the RRoD
2020-07-16 9:08:15 AM  
2 votes:

italie: Super NES was #1? There is zero rationale for that.

Odd, since the second I read the headline, I assumed it would be #1.  It wasn't even in doubt for me.  And for most people my age (~40), a plurality would figure it had the top spot.

Of course, much of it will be based on age and what was in your gaming generation's "golden" age.  Slightly younger people will lean more towards the PS, PS2, XB360, etc.
2020-07-16 9:02:21 AM  
2 votes:
The Amiga CD32 ought to be there. Although it was released as Commodore was going bankrupt, it still managed to be the best selling console during Christmas 1993, in relevant markets, until stock ran out, or rather, the stock they had, was locked up in the Philippines.

So what, it was still good, had an on game collection, and was compatible with the Amiga 1200 (it was an Amiga 1200 with a CD-drive and FMV module).

By adding a keyboard and mouse, you'd have a full computer, with its massive software library.

Who ever wrote this piece probably never heard of it, meaning the rest of their opinions are crap.
2020-07-16 8:47:43 AM  
2 votes:
My console history:

Sega Master System II
PlayStation 2
XBox 360
PlayStation 4

I've moved on to PC now after my first build last year, but I've got to say the XBox game pass for PC is a bargain.
2020-07-16 7:12:50 AM  
2 votes:

cooldaddygroove: This is clearly propaganda by an anti-TurboGrafx-16 lobby

Don't worry, Johnny Turbo will sort them out.
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2020-07-16 6:37:06 AM  
2 votes:
This is clearly propaganda by an anti-TurboGrafx-16 lobby
2020-07-16 10:55:29 PM  
1 vote:

Khellendros: italie: Super NES was #1? There is zero rationale for that.

Odd, since the second I read the headline, I assumed it would be #1.  It wasn't even in doubt for me.  And for most people my age (~40), a plurality would figure it had the top spot.

Of course, much of it will be based on age and what was in your gaming generation's "golden" age.  Slightly younger people will lean more towards the PS, PS2, XB360, etc.

NES ran circles around SNES with titles, originality, and just plain fun.You can't beat the OG.
2020-07-16 2:50:35 PM  
1 vote:
I'll judge a console by what games were specifically released for it, not for what older games it could play.  Otherwise, I'd have to list my current computer at the top, since it can play everything up to PS2 games with relative ease.

1. SNES - Easily the best library of stand-out games.  Squaresoft gave us the golden age of RPGs (Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, FF4 through FF6), Super Mario World is arguably the most impressive platform game of all time, there were plenty of good shooters, Link to the Past is the best Zelda, Earthbound is the most hilarious game ever, and so on.

2. PS2 - Just edges out the PSX.  Barely.  The PS2 had the best Megaten games, some great fighting games, Metal Gear Solid 3, Shadow Hearts, Xenosaga, Star Ocean 3, Suikoden 3-5, Wild Arms, Tales, and probably some others I'm forgetting.

3. PSX - Xenogears is my favorite game of all time, and the PSX had Final Fantasy Tactics, Star Ocean 2, Vagrant Story, Suikoden 1 and 2, and some other gems.

4. NES - Mega Man, Blaster Master, Bionic Commando, Super Mario Bros. 3, Castlevania, two good Zelda games, Star Tropics, Contra, and more.  The SNES may have more of my favorites than any other console, but when I think of the concept of a prototypical video game, I think of an NES game.  So, uh, now you know my age plus or minus three years.

5. Gameboy - I tend to think of the Nintendo handheld systems as one continuous entity, and it was always inferior to the main console of the era.  Still, I had my share of fun with Tetris, and later on I enjoyed Phoenix Wright on the DS.

6. Don't care.  PS3, maybe?  I stopped caring after the PS2's run ended.
2020-07-16 1:43:43 PM  
1 vote:

Marcos P: "25. 3D0"

I guess there's only 25 consoles....

They left off the Coleco Adam.  What my parents bought after our Commodore 64 crashed & my dad's friend couldn't fix it.   Probably would've been a cheap repair but this guy said he'd fix it so my dad let him try.  Turns out he had no idea what he was doing & we ended up with the crappy Adam with cassette tape games.

Still remember getting it for Christmas & having no idea what the hell it was.  My parents though, thought it was great & the cutting edge of what all computers & gaming systems would be like.

The next summer we pooled our cash & bought an NES.
2020-07-16 12:44:21 PM  
1 vote:

Marcos P: Wow Sewer Shark and Ground Zero Texas in a higher resolution whoopee.

But isn't that still the case with the current generation of consoles? GTA 16 now in 4K on the PS5! Whee!

//only console we currently use is the Swich others were collecting dust
///three, three slashies
2020-07-16 12:30:53 PM  
1 vote:

cew-smoke: Die hard Amiga nerd here (had a 1000, 500, 2000, 3000, 1200 and a 4000). It does not deserve to be on the list.  It had damn near 0% penetration in the market. If you're making a list of your favorite console. Sure, you can put it on there.  But no, it does not belong on any serious list of greatest consoles. It did nothing to change the market and virtually nobody had one.

Eh, almost 5 million Amigas were sold - all on essentially the same OS and interoperable. That's more than about half of the consoles on that list. It sold much better in Europe with only moderate penetration in the US.

I still have my 105MB SCSI hard disk from my Amiga 2000 as a souvenir. I gave away the 2000 about ten years ago. The HDD failed, but everything else worked so it found a new home.

FYI - my Apple 2e still works perfectly. I am astounded that 40 year old 5.25 floppies haven't lost their data. I turn it on every couple years. Gotta get me some Hard Hat Mack action.
2020-07-16 12:19:57 PM  
1 vote:

fallingcow: Oh and the first Bases Loaded on the NES is the only good console baseball game that's not on the Neo Geo and not named Base Wars. I will not budge from this fundamental and absolute truth.

Sorry, you misspelled Baseball Stars.  Just thought I'd point that out for you
2020-07-16 12:03:05 PM  
1 vote:
1: Too lazy or stupid to get a picture of each console?
2: The 360 was hot garbage.
2020-07-16 10:52:48 AM  
1 vote:
Atari should be way up there with how it basically started ... and then killed home consoles.
NES should be way up there for how it brought the home consoles back to life.

ps2 and snes are pretty pimp though I can see why the person put them as 1/2
2020-07-16 10:27:39 AM  
1 vote:

Marcos P: Like every modern game takes stuff from ps2 era games.

And 99% of modern games suck.
2020-07-16 10:26:48 AM  
1 vote:
1.  NES
2.  Super NES
3.  All others (mostly crap)

And yes, even today I play NES more than any other console.  It still has the best games.
2020-07-16 10:15:34 AM  
1 vote:
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I do not get emotionally invested in stupid articles written by people who do not know what they are talking about -- precisely the kind of person who writes clickbait console ranking articles -- so I will instead make the point that it says something about consoles if the best console ever made has games that are largely inferior to anything that was coming out in the arcades.

If they had placed the Bop It at number one, then I would certainly not disagree with anyone here, as I "bop it" and "pull it" and "twist it", literally maximum depth on the path to infinite outcomes and replayability.
2020-07-16 9:24:34 AM  
1 vote:
First thing I thought of was PS2, so I totally agree with Subby.
2020-07-16 9:16:01 AM  
1 vote:
Counting entire available library but no piracy or hacking or shiat? Peripherals and add-ons allowed? OK.

1) first-gen PS3, and it's not even a close call (almost the entire PSX, PS2, and PS3 libraries in one console, plus it's a blu-ray player, wireless controllers, kinda big but other stuff makes up for it)

2) Super Nintendo (GB and GBC carts also play in it, and its own library is outstanding)

3) PS2 (also has PSX library avaialable)

4) GameCube (also plays most GBA carts, and that is a damn good library)

Uhhhh gets kinda muddy after that, probably the 360 or XBone would be in the next 3-4, PS4 maybe, Wii maaaaybe on account of having the GC library too. PlayStation TV, too (yes, really).

No counting parts of the library that aren't "native"? I dunno but the top two are PS2 and SNES.
2020-07-16 8:56:24 AM  
1 vote:

freddyV: List fails without Pong

Pong is on the list.
2020-07-16 8:55:37 AM  
1 vote:
"25. 3D0"

I guess there's only 25 consoles....
2020-07-16 7:37:47 AM  
1 vote:
This is the greatest of all time.  Don't even try to deny it, nerds.

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