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TOPICAL: Favourite Games Consoles Of All Time

MattGardner |  Jul. 25, 2012 at 15:46

Well be recording our PWNCAST later this week and we're going to be discussing our favourite games consoles of all time. But this being a site with an intelligent and opinionated community, we'd love to know what YOUR favourites are and why.

You might even get a shoutout in the podcast this weekend.

Most Useful Answer Quietus  Jul. 25, 2012 at 16:42

SNES. Every time - SNES.

Super Metroid, Zelda 3, and Super Mario World are games that I still regularly play today, and none of the other consoles I've owned (which is most of them) can say the same.

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ODB_69  Jul. 25, 2012 at 16:18

Atari Lynx - I sunk so many hours into this when I was a kid, by far the best handheld technically but lost out on content (or lack of).

gmdlogan  Jul. 25, 2012 at 16:30

Mine would have to be the NES. Mario Bros 1 and 3. Punch Out. Ivon Ironman Stewarts Offroad. It was the NES that dragged me into gaming.

Failing that, spent so many hours on my Amiga 1200 on Sensible Soccer v1.1 (bendy passes and backpass (How did Benfica get four star players!!!), CM2, SWOS, Premier Manager 1 (Wycombe Wanderers, Stapleton, Guppy, Carroll et al).

Grrr great days!

thefishfingers  Jul. 25, 2012 at 16:37

I'm well aware of the "minority" status of my choice but I loved my Sega Saturn..... Die Hard Arcade (Surely the side scrolling beat em up genre deserves some next gen love?!), Panzer Dragoon Saga, Burning Rangers, Virtua Cop/House of the Dead and Saturn Bomberman (to name a few).

10 player Bomberman kept the house full during school holidays for some riotous fun!

Quietus  Jul. 25, 2012 at 16:42

SNES. Every time - SNES.

Super Metroid, Zelda 3, and Super Mario World are games that I still regularly play today, and none of the other consoles I've owned (which is most of them) can say the same.

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Late  Jul. 25, 2012 at 16:55

It's definitely not the console I spend most time playing (not by a long mark), but Nintendo's original Game Boy has to be in with a shout on this.

Bringing hand-held gaming to the masses (with interchangeable game cartridges!) it was an absolute phenomenon. Great fun for kids, and for parents too.

And if you were good at Tetris you were a god.

hurrakan  Jul. 25, 2012 at 17:03

Sega Mega Drive - Flashback, Duck Tales, Tazmania, Desert Strike (!), Jungle Strike, James Pond, Road Rash 1 and 2 (!), General Chaos, Toejam + Earl, Alien 3, NBA Jam, NHL '94 (best console version), Kid Chameleon, Golden Axe 1 + 2, Sonic, Streets of Rage 2, Aladdin, Street Fighter II Hyper, I could go on!

(above, exclamation marks denote awesomeness)

The Playstation One was pretty awesome at the time - I remember playing Tekken 3, Wipeout, the first Tenchu, Legacy of Kain Soul Reaver, Resident Evil, Final Fantasy VI (only FF game I ever played), Soul Calibre, Tony Hawk, N2O.

But I still put Mega Drive first, and I think the PS2 was one of the worst consoles. When the PS2 was released I was planning to buy one but it utterly failed to impress me - everything about it was underwhelming (especially when you've already started playing GL Quake on PC!).

I also had a Sega Mega CD - never had many games but what I had was very fun - Road Avenger, Sonic CD, Final Fight, Thunderhawk.

I did play on friends' SNES, PS2, Gamecube, N64, etc.

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CarlPhillips  Jul. 25, 2012 at 17:30

What? No love for the Atari Jagua-... Sorry, I couldn't in all good conscience finish that sentence.


matthewbeeching  Jul. 25, 2012 at 17:54

I have had many 'relationships' in my life, but my love affair with the Snes will be eternal.

Yukes  Jul. 25, 2012 at 18:02

I don't expect to see it on here much, but for me it's the Nintendo 64. I think a lot of it has to do with which console you had first, though.

In my opinion the N64 was a beauty, though, for 5 main reasons:
1. The control stick on the controller marked the evolution of analog sticks on controllers
2. The N64 boasted fantastic graphics for the time, boasting a major step-up from the SNES.
3. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
4. Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
5. Goldeneye
6. Mario Kart
7. Perfect Dark
8. Super Mario 64

Those last 6 sum it up really: it didn't have a huge library of games, but boy did it have some classics! And at the end of the day for a games console, it's the games that count (which current gen consoles sometimes seem to forget).

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Quietus  Jul. 25, 2012 at 18:43

Yukes: I'd argue that the Mario Kart series has yet to surpass the original.:D

MattGardner  Jul. 25, 2012 at 18:59

The original Game Boy will be getting some serious love, and I think Jon might have something to say about the GBA SP.

My personal top three favourites are the Mega Drive, the N64 and the original GB.

Sony had the most games, Nintendo and SEGA helped define video games in pop culture and arguably had the best games, Microsoft set the bar for online gaming.

We're going to try and objectively decide on a Best Games Console during the podcast as well. This one's going to be really, really tough. Handbags on standby.

JonLester  Jul. 25, 2012 at 19:18

I'll certainly be heavily weighing in on the subject of handheld consoles, especially the GBA SP, Game Boy and DS Lite. I'm an unapologetic fan of handheld gaming... and my opinions are backed up by EXHAUSTIVE SCIENTIFIC TESTING. Sort of. :p

Favourite home consoles? The A600, SNES, Mega Drive, PS2, Dreamcast and original Xbox (no, really) are definitely going to get a mention. Amongst others. As Matt said, this is going to get rocky, especially since the difference between "best" and "favourite" is very difficult to define. And what does "favourite" even mean? Argh!

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ODB_69  Jul. 25, 2012 at 21:12

What? No love for the Atari Jagua-... Sorry, I couldn't in all good conscience finish that sentence.


Jag was awesome! Still have one somewhere

stevenjameshyde  Jul. 25, 2012 at 21:17

I'd probably have to say Gamecube, largely because I lived in a house full of avid gamers (one of whom owned a projector) at the time. 4-player Mario Kart, on a screen the size of a wall, is what all MP should be like. Online just doesn't cut it

Plus it gave us the greatest game (Resident Evil 4) and controller (Wavebird) of all time

Yukes  Jul. 25, 2012 at 21:39

Yukes: I'd argue that the Mario Kart series has yet to surpass the original.:D

I'd agree with you 100%. I think the Mario Kart sequels have been backwards steps in many regards, convoluting the basic formula that was awesome on the SNES, but in my opinion perfected on the N64.

On the subject of the thread: it looks like just about all of the consoles that come to mind have been mentioned (current gen aside). Good luck reaching an "objective" decisions guys!

barrychaudry  Jul. 25, 2012 at 23:27

First console if u can call it one i got a zx spectrum as a kid and spent many good hours in it so long as my tape deck worked and after you had waited ages for it load then right near the end of loading it would give an error just as the title screen came on. But my favourite was the sega master system

supadupasumo  Jul. 26, 2012 at 00:39

Best console?

That is a thinker, and very much depends how you define it.

Overall, I'd have to go with the best games catalogue, some nostalgia factored in no doubt, and say you can't look past the SNES for me.

That being said, my fondest memories are of certain multi player games on the N64 when I was old enough to have a couple of beers and a few friends over and play Goldeneye (obviously) and Mazza Kart 4 player.

Could've been the N64, but the great games were just too few and far between. Played Body Harvest to death, simply because I had nothing else at the time. That was not a good game.


aceshigh  Jul. 26, 2012 at 08:53

For me it would be the Amiga A500. So many great games that I must have played for hours. Kick Off 2, Speedball 2, SWOS, Turrican 2, Another World, Flashback, Championship Manager, Microprose F1GP and those are the really memorable ones. Mind you it wasnt good for my GCSE revision :-)

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slipperyid  Jul. 26, 2012 at 09:59

There are too many good memories for me to easily pick one... My friend had a BBC, and playing Elite just blew my tiny little mind. Such an incredible game for the time (and perhaps still?)... I wish they'd make a decent succesor for this on a console...

Goldeneye on the N64 is probably the best multiplayer fun I've ever had. Never been a big fan of online - it's all about the 4 player good times.

Original xbox? Maybe not most peoples first choice, but it did bring us Fable, Knights of the Old Republic and, maybe even beating Goldeneye here - Timesplitters (yes, they were on playstation first, but I didn't have one of those!). Future Perfect gave me so many many laughs. I think I'm going to go for the xbox!

hurrakan  Jul. 26, 2012 at 16:02

I also want to mention the Sega Game Gear. I had amazing fun with Sonic (best music in any Sonic game), Shinobi, Super Monaco GP and Halley Wars.

NES/SNES never appealed to me, save for Mario. For example , Street Fighter 2 on the SNES was so slow that it was unplayable. When I played it on Mega Drive it was perfect.

MattGardner  Jul. 27, 2012 at 18:36

MASSIVE thanks to everyone who commented here...helped out enormously with the podcast and we tried to include a few shoutouts too.

Apologies to those gunning for handhelds, we didn't have time sadly to include those this time (it's already going to be a bumper 'cast), but we will be dedicating a whole hour to handhelds next week.

In the meantime, do check out the PWNCAST on Sunday, and keep your favourites coming in!


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