I thought it would be fun to see what RGB’s favorite game consoles are, collectively. Favorite could mean a lot of things - maybe the console was your favorite as a kid; maybe its library holds up the best in your eyes; maybe you appreciate its historic impact. All definitions are accepted!
Here’s the format:
Everyone lists their top 3 consoles IN ORDER. This is because each selection will be weighted - 3 points for #1, 2 points for #2, 1 point for #3. Your reasoning for the selections are encouraged for discussion purposes! For the sake of simplicity, systems with add-ons like Genesis/32X/CD will count as one system. Game Boy and Game Boy Color are two different platforms. Which platform you consider black cartridge games to be on is your decision to make. PC isn’t eligible for this.
Let’s give it 3 weeks. After that, I will count the votes and the list will be determined!
Nintendo 64 - not the deepest library in the world, but it has the most games in my top 10 or 20 favorite games list. Has some of the best single player and local multiplayer games ever in my opinion. It carved a nice niche for itself that generation by having quality 3D action games and 4 controller ports.
SNES - While I like the N64 more for its top games, the SNES probably has the most “great games” in my opinion. In general, it feels like a polished 8 bit generation system with more depth thanks to its controller having so many more buttons. The good games generally have killer killer music to boot. As silly as it sounds, Donkey Kong Country 2 changed the way I felt about game music forever.
PlayStation - It took me a while to land on PS1 because my 3rd favorite system isn’t as clear cut as the top 2. While I’m not much of an RPG or racing game person, I think the PS1 has a lot of great games. Other than Nintendo and Sega, it had every Japanese publisher’s best games during that time period. I thought about putting the Switch here, but I still think it needs a few more great games to qualify.
Look forward to seeing what you all have to say
Yes, the industry today resembles the original Xbox and its library a lot more than the much more popular PS2.
I’m going to say right off that on a given day I would maybe pick GBC, SNES, PS2, GameCube, or Xbox as a favorite.
Today I’m going with:
- Game Boy Color: Probably just right place / right time but between Pokemon, Zelda, and Dragon Warrior there’s a ton of stuff I really love and put a lot of time into.
- Super Nintendo: The cumulation of 2D design, the king of RPGs, the home of many greatest of all time Nintendo and 3rd party games.
- PlayStation 2: This system has such an incredible, deep library. The highs may not be as high as GameCube and it’s lacking a certain X factor, but it makes up with it with shear volume. If you put a gun to my head and asked me to keep only one console it’d be PS2 because I’d never run out of great games to play.
SNES-less nostalgia but they play good.
Sega Megenesis - For true mega drivers. This is the ultimate system for just pick-up and play fun. Whenever I’m bored and have an hour or so to waste, I can turn the system on and have dozens of classics to choose from each of which is infinitely replayable. Like the Saturn, it’s a great system for arcade titles. But, unlike the Saturn, it didn’t quite match the arcade experience in horsepower so many of its arcade games have been changed often for the better. Of course, this is the origin of Shining Force. Speed shock motherfuckers.
Sega Saturn - This likely would be tied or above the Genesis but I’ve been collecting arcade PCBs lately which has made a lot of its titles redundant. Despite this, it is often more convenient to play than my arcade PCBs and has access to a lot of really cool classic Japanese PC titles. This is my favorite place to play Daytona and has the best version of Outrun available (other than the sit-down hydraulic cabinet which I definitely don’t have). It is still home to tons of great titles like Panzer Dragoon, NiGHTs, and Shining Force 3 which is 100% my #1 game ever. I can’t get enough of the Saturn.
SNES - It’s basically just a Genesis that’s inferior in every way. But that still makes it awesome. Slower, less resolution, and less fun platformers. It’s still lovely.
NES/Famicom - Or maybe I should call it famiclone, as I’ve never even seen a real NES. It was my first console and the one I grew up with so it holds a special place for me. As a kid playing video games on it pretty much felt like magic. Some of my favourite titles are Little Nemo - The Dream Master, Ike Ike Nekketsu Hockey, Bubble Bobble 2, Adventure Island (1,2,3,4), Darkwing Duck, Battle City, Super Mario Bros 2 (Doki Doki), Chip 'n Dale aaand many, many others.
XBOX 360 - Spent thousands of hours playing this one, and my unit still works without any problem. Used to take it with me when we gathered at someone’s place and played alot of Mortal Kombat, Soul Calibur, Naruto Storm and other fighting games. Best titles for me were Dark Souls 1 and 2 (which really made me enjoy video games like never before and gave me hope for the future, and since then From Software have been the best developers for me, by a huge margin), NieR Gestalt (another absolutely great game that is ofter overlooked), Castlevania - Lords of Shadow, GTA V, Final Fantasy XIII (yea, I know… but I really enjoyed it), Valiant Hearts - The Great War and many more.
PS2 - This is the console that I’m always drawn to for some reason, always finding out some really great titles that I didn’t play before. The library is enormous and there’s so many games I still want to play on it. Amongs the best games I played on the PS2 are Shadow of the Colossus, Kingdom Hearts, Silent Hill 2, Prince of Persia trilogy, GTA San Andreas, Armored Core series, Berserk Millennium Empire Arc, Valkyrie Profile 2, Blood Will Tell, Gran Turismo (3+4) and others. Lately I’ve been playing the Neo Geo collections that include the Metal Slug, Samurai Shodown and The Last Blade series and I’m really enjoying them.
This has been my top three for years, and it’s not changing anytime soon.
- Nintendo 64
- (Tie) SNES and Genesis
- Nintendo DS
The Nintendo 64 is in first because of course it is, it will always be my favorite console. Having the best games is what matters the most for being a great console and the N64 has the best games. It has one of the best controllers ever as well. The N64 does look best connected to a CRT as opposed to how N64 games look on a modern display, but it’s still the best no question.
For second, I have long refused to choose between the SNES and Genesis for second and will continue to do so. These two consoles are similar and yet different, they complement eachother perfectly and have some of the best games ever in many of my favorite genres – platformers, shmups, action-adventures, and such. I don’t see something saying you can’t have a tie so it’s staying.
I’ve never liked the idea of skipping a position after a tie, which is why I also have a third place system. The Nintendo DS is the greatest handheld ever, a landmark console which took everything wrong with handhelds before and fixed all of the problems. Only some games have saving? Solved, all DS games save. Batteries in carts are going to die and disable your ability to play? Solved, only flash memory saving on the DS. You don’t have the time right now to play to the next time you can save, if you even can save at all in this game? Solved, you can suspend the console by closing it. I love the original Game Boy and its game library is one of the greatest of all time, but for all of its hardware features, and a pretty amazing game library as well, the Nintendo DS edges it out. The DS is absolutely amazing. (I prefer the original model of the system over the Lite, for the record.)
Fourth and fifth, respectively, are the original Game Boy and the TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine. They are both richly deserving of being top five platforms.
As for all of you people voting for the PS1, play a good system like the Atari Jaguar instead of that junk.
so should it be snes 2 and genesis 3 or the other way around?
for some reason I thought you were a big sega guy
Think for me it is simply:
1. Sega Mega Drive
This was the first console I bought by saving up all my money from doing paper rounds, baby sitting and whatever odd jobs I could get. I was always into gaming but seeing Alisia Dragoon being Demo’d in my local Dixon’s store captured me and then there was Sonic.
2. Playstation 1
This is the first console I bought after I left school and started a full time job for £299 (the most I have ever paid for a console) from Blockbuster. I did intend to originally buy a Saturn but with the PS1 being a little cheaper and seeing titles like Ridge Racer running totally blew my young mind and I walked out with a PS1 instead.
I stand by I made the correct choice but I later also bought a Saturn after not being 100% happy with the slow loading and missing frames in the PS1 Street Fighter Alpha 2 port.
One of my fondest gaming moments was when I found out that a colleague of mine was also really into PS1 and one summer he used to come over and pick up my CRT and PS1 and we’d go over to his to have a BBQ and play link up PS1 games almost every weekend.
This was essentially my last time as a console gamer. The Dreamcast’s online community was an amazing thing to discover and I lost so much sleep playing PSO, which resulted in a few VERY expensive phone bills until an online friend pointed out a way to be able to change to a set fee ISP using a US version of Unreal.
Still in contact with a fair few people from this time and we used to arrange meet in person meet ups every once in a while.
The death of the Dreamcast and especially SEGA practically giving up on the system a bit too early left a sour taste in my mouth and I moved over to PC.