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Top Tuesdays: Top 5 Games Of The Current Generation

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Who Will Be Number 1?

Here We Go again Folks. I’m back with another Top Tuesday edition. This time I’ll be focusing on the best games of this generation. Keep in mind that these are my favorite games of the current generation so with that in mind, enjoy.

5. Metal Gear Solid 4

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Snaaaaaaaaaake!

This game is the main reason why I bought a PS3 in the first place. Metal Gear Solid 4 kept me hooked from the first moment I booted up the game, with its impressive visuals and Kojima-style storytelling. MGS4 is the definitive stealth game.

4. Uncharted 2

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Naughty Dog are kings of story telling

What can I say about the Uncharted series? The game is a masterpiece in cinematic storytelling and action. I loved the first Uncharted game but the second one blew me away. The characters were very interesting, the story was engaging, and the action was fun and addictive. I can see why many regard Uncharted 2 as the best in the series. 

3. Red Dead Redemption

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Probably The Only Rockstar Game I’ll Ever Play

I’m not a huge fan of Rockstar’s other game offerings but I loved me some Red Dead Redemption. What I loved so much about this game was that it made me feel like I was actually in the wild west. The world felt so alive to me that I would hardly try any of the missions, instead I would just hop on my horse and see what situations I could find myself in. With so much variety in the world of Red Dead, I was able to squeeze many hours of playtime out of the game before I decided to actually play the missions and finish the main story. I can’t wait for a sequel. 

2. Batman Arkham City

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Two Heads Are Better Than One!

This franchise isn’t considered the greatest among the super hero genre for nothing. I spent countless hours gliding around Arkham City beating the crap out of the inmates. Simply put, this game is outstanding. This game is as close to perfect as a game can get and a step forward for the super hero genre of gaming. Too bad no other super hero game has been able to match its quality yet, but oh well, there is another Arkham game on the way in Arkham Origins. If you have not played Arhkam City and you claim your a fan of the caped crusader, slap yo’self. Here’s a little incentive. I bought the game on Steam for 7.49 cents. Yup. 

1. The Walking Dead

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Story Telling Perfection

I had no interest in trying The Walking Dead simply because it is a point an click adventure game and those always seemed pretty lame to me. So I skipped it. One day I saw a Steam sale that had The Walking Dead season one at around 6 bucks or so and I said to my self “what the heck, I’ll try it”. Best decision I’ve made in long time concerning videogame purchases. 

The Walking Dead is the best game I’ve played this current generation by far. No other game had been able to keep me as involved in the story as this game did. I don’t remember playing another game where I cared about the characters as much as I cared about Lee and Clementine. Th scenarios that played out were excellently crafted and overall this game is a testament that you don’t need over the top action and explosions to make an impact in gaming. I recommend this game to anyone who loves good storytelling. The Walking Dead will keep you on the edge of your seat at all times. I can’t wait for season 2. 

 

 

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R.I.P. Hiroshi Yamauchi

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The Real Reason You Play COD


I just wanted to share my thoughts on Mr. Hiroshi Yamauchi who recently passed away at the wise age of 85 years old. I just wanted to give respect to whom respect is due. I encourage all of you to go and read the article that IGN did on Yamauchi because I feel it was a very respectful and positive article that gives insight on a man who in my opinion is solely responsible for gaming being what it is today.

We all credit Miyamoto for making Nintendo what it is today because of his creation of franchises like Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and of course Mario. What about the man who hired him? Would Miyamoto be who he is today without Yamauchi? No. He wouldn’t. Lets talk about the fact that Yamauchi took a gamble on the videogame market and decided to risk his entire company by tasking them with developing a gaming console and releasing it in western markets right after the western gaming industry had just suffered a crash. Hiroshi Yamauchi ran Nintendo as its president all the way through the release of the Gamecube. So everything good about Nintendo that you celebrate, a little of that credit is owed to Yamauchi. I’m not sure if major corporations even have presidents that last in the same position as long as Yamauchi did and not to mention push an entire industry forward with innovation after innovation throughout there entire career. This seems very rare.

Growing up with Nintendo, I have many fond memories. From the Original NES, to the N64, to now, all of those fond memories I have playing on Nintendo systems are because of the hard work and dedication of a man who was put in a position and made the decision to step into that position with boldness. What am I trying to say? What I am not trying to say is that we should lift people up on a pedestal. No. Not at all. What I am saying is that we often look at the end result of something without really factoring in the individuals who worked effortlessly behind the scenes to get that end result to where it is. I know most of us who grew up with gaming know the name Hiroshi Yamauchi but not many of us knew what he truly contributed to the industry and what he really meant to Nintendo and its legacy. Hiroshi Yamauchi will be missed and his influence will be felt in this industry for as longs as it stands. Even if the industry folds I believe Nintendo will be left standing again and in return preserving the Yamauchi legacy.

Please check out the link below and head over to the IGN article on Hiroshi Yamauchi.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/05/25/hiroshi-yamauchi-nintendos-legendary-president


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A World Without Capcom

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One Of The Greatest Companies Of All Time

Capcom isn’t doing to well right now guys. With only 152 million in the bank, that amount of capital isn’t enough to  allow Capcom to fund many big releases in the future. To put things in perspective, GTAV cost over 200 million to produce which is obviously far above the amount of money that Capcom even has in the bank, making me wonder how long they can manage to stay in the industry before they go the way of THQ. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want Capcom to close it’s doors but I do wonder what the gaming world would be like without them. Lets talk about it. 

Gaming Genres Would Not Be The Same

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Pioneers Of The Gaming Industry

What does Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, Street Fighter, and Mega Man have in common? Yes they were all made by Capcom but besides that all four franchises pioneered their respective genres. Yes, there were others before them but would survival horror, fighting, action, and platforming be what it is today without these franchises? No. 

Resident Evil

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Classic

 

Lets take a look at survival horror. Without Resident Evil, the modern survival horror genre wouldn’t be what it is today. The franchise took the genre to knew heights with the original RE and then Capcom took it even further with RE4. Yes I also understand that as of late, Capcom has pretty much butchered its Resident Evil franchise with RE5 and RE6 leaving it up to former Capcom employees to pick up the survival horror slack, but there was always hope that the series could be turned around and once again lead the genre into fresh and bold new things. Those hopes may be dashed to pieces if Capcom closes it’s doors. Sure there are plenty of other devs making horror games to great success but there was a certain magic that the Resident Evil games brought to the genre that will surely be missed. 

Devil May Cry

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Dante X Bayonetta ?

When Devil May Cry released it changed the action genre forever. Blending blazing action with combo heavy sword and gun-play. No one else could touch this genre to the same degree of success that Capcom had. Now before you go screaming about Bayonetta, remember that game was created by ex Capcom staff. So what is my point? Capcom has, or had the uncanny ability to cultivate talent and nurture creative and original ideas that would end up changing the gaming world. Without Capcom you wouldn’t have Devil May Cry and without Devil May Cry you wouldn’t have Bayonetta. No Bayonetta means a much weaker action game genre. 

Street Fighter

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The True King Of Fighters

Capcom was not the originators of the fighting game genre but they were the innovators. Fighting games today would not be what they are without Street Fighter. The franchise introduced game mechanics that have come to define the fighting game genre since the 90’s. When Street Fighter 2 was released in the early 90’s it seemed like everyone tried to create a SF Clone to no success. Hate Street Fighter or love it, when it comes to 2d fighters, even to this day the Street Fighter Franchise is the standard. 

Mega Man

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A True Legend

Ok, everyone knows how Capcom pretty much screwed Mega Man and its fans. With that said, lets give credit were credit is due. How many games can you name that are similar to Mega Man Play as well as Mega Man? How many of those games that are similar don’t remind you of Mega Man in some way? Exactly. Mega Man put his stamp on the action platformer early in the 90’s on the NES and ever since he has become a legend in the gaming industry. Mega Man is one of the few gaming mascots that have stood the test of time. He has a cult following and is more beloved than just about any gaming mascot you can think of. Without Mega Man gaming wouldn’t be what it is today. If there is ever a gaming hall of fame, Mega Man could be inducted and be right at home standing right next to Mario. 

What’s Next For Capcom?

How the heck should I know. What I do know is that Capcom has every tool at their disposal to turn their fortunes around. Capcom has some of the best and most recognizable franchises in the business and if they had played their cards right they wouldn’t be in the situation they are in now. So what are some things they CAN do. Well first…

Release an all new 2d Mega Man. I’m glad for Inafune and Mighty N0. 9 but lets be honest, Mega Man deserves the spotlight. If Capcom announced a new MM title with hand-drawn art similar to today’s platformers their fans would go nuts.

Release a smaller budget Resident Evil game that takes its inspiration from the original, pre-rendered backgrounds and all. Take RE back to its roots. Make the game about survival and suspense. You don’t need an overly bloated budget to do that. Look at all of these indie horror games flooding the market. 

Stop with all of the DLC nonsense. This it the exact reason I don’t trust Capcom anymore. I buy a game that has everything on the disc but they withhold 30 percent of it and make me buy it separate. Not cool. Second, they need to stop with the super, hyper, ultra versions of games meaning when I buy a game I don’t expect to buy a slightly beefed up version 6 months later, then another 6 months after that, buy another. 

Of course none of these things I mentioned are concrete ways to stop Capcom from folding and perhaps it’s not even logical to think any of these suggestions could help them. At the very least maybe Capcom could do these things to get back in the good graces of its fans who will then feel confident investing their hard earned money in one of the greatest software makers of the 90’s. Either way Capcom is hurting and it would be devastating to the industry to see them go out. A world without Capcom is a gaming industry that will become a little weaker and less appealing to someone like me who has been gaming since the 80’s. 


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Top Tuesdays: Top Zelda Games

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To Honor a Legend

The legend of Zelda is one of the greatest franchises in gaming history. In honor of this weeks release of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, I’ll be giving you my list of the top 5 zelda games. Console titles only. Enjoy.

5. Twilight Princess

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A love Letter To Fans Of Ocarina Of Time

As the 7th installment in the Zelda franchise, Twilight Princess marked the return of a more adult link as well as a grittier visual presentation. Referred to by Nintendo as “a love letter to fans of Ocarina of Time”, Twilight Princess easily cemented itself as one of my all time favorite Zelda games.

Favorite Moment: Returning to the lost woods and hearing the Ocarina of Time music.

Worst Moment: Collecting tears

OMG Moment: E3 reveal and fan reaction

4. The Legend of Zelda

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Beginning Of A Legend

The original Zelda title is amazing for what it was able to accomplish for its time. The open world genre owes a bit of gratitude to this 8-bit marvel and so do you since the original Zelda was the first game to allow you to save your progress.

Favorite Moment: Collecting my first Triforce Piece

Worst Moment: Controls are a bit stiff, causing link to be less than agile.

OMG Moment: The first time I went back and played the game after many years to realize that Link’s heroic theme song was playing in all of its 8-bit glory

3. Wind Waker

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Absolutely Stunning

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker is probably the most underrated Zelda game of all time. Fans cried like little babies when this game was first unveiled and it showed off its new cell shaded look. Now it seems that after years of abuse, Wind Waker has settled comfortably into its place as one of the greatest Zelda adventures ever. It’s certainly one of mine.

Favorite Moment: The first time i entered Dragon Roost island ans saw the burning embers flying around. It was visually stunning

Worst Moment: Constantly having to switch wind direction

OMG Moment: The Ghoma boss battle

2. A Link To The Past

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Classic !!!

A Link to the past is the Zelda game that first turned me into a hardcore fan. Sure I had already played the original and dabbled with it’s sequel but A Link To The Past is the first time i realized this franchise was truly something special.

Favorite Moment: Leaving the house to find my uncle and witnessing the awesome 8-bit storm going on. When I was a kid that truly wowed me.

Worst Moment: Going into the lost woods and having my stuff stolen by a thief.

OMG Moment: Getting the Master Sword

1. Ocarina Of Time

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This is the game that in my mind made the Zelda franchise a true legend in the gaming industry. Ocarina of Time was the first 3d zelda title and it exceeded all of my expectations and delivered absolutely the greatest Zelda experience ever. From the story to the bosses, Ocarina of Time is a masterpiece.

Favorite Moment: Fishing. Yep, fishing.

Worst Moment: Don’t have any

OMG Moment: Defeating Gannondorf only to watch him become the mighty Gannon

That’s it, folks. My list of the top 5 Zelda games of all time. What’s yours?


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Indie Developers Are The Future

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The Future Of AAA Is Right Here

The indie game scene is exploding with more and more great content at a rapid pace. With the help of crowd funding sources such as Kick Starter, indie game developers can do what may have seemed impossible just a few short years ago and that is to get their game idea off the ground, funded, and on to a major home console. I sincerely believe that in order for the game industry to survive the next 10 years it is going to need the help of independent game developers. The industry needs their originality, their creativity and their raw passion. Without it the industry will remain stagnant and eventually find itself becoming irrelevant.

The Originality

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What is the biggest genre in gaming? Shooters. What are the biggest games in the industry year in and year out? Shooters. The gaming industry is in a season where over-hyped “Dude-Bro” shooters sit atop the alter to be worshiped by the masses. They capture the attention of millions and generate billions, but popularity isn’t exclusive to good game design. Gaming is in dire need of originality from the major publishers but they care more about their bottom line than integrity of the industry. For them its more about large set pieces, explosions and profanity because lets face it, this is what sells units. Fortunately originality isn’t something that is lacking in the indie gaming industry. Indie developers can afford take risks on gameplay ideas that would otherwise go untouched by the so-called “Triple A” developers.

In 2009 programmer Markus Persson, better known as “Notch”, developed a little game called Mincraft and released it on PC. Mincraft is an open world game with no specific goals for the player to achieve, just a large procedurally generated world for them to play in and re-create to their hearts desire. Seems simple, right? Simple yet very deep. This sort of game is almost sure to never have seen the light of day had it been pitched to a large development team yet Minecraft went on to sell over 33 million copies across all platforms. How many “Triple A” titles sell that much? The mighty Call of Duty sure hasn’t.

The Creativity

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One Of The Best Games Of Last Gen

Indies are free to explore new gameplay ideas without the fear of someone looking over their shoulder, worried if their design decisions will be attractive enough to the global market. Luckily indie games tend not to attract the prepubescent, loud-mouthed, obnoxious crowd that loves to just shoot stuff in the face. Gamers who enjoy the majority of indie titles seem to have an appreciation for one thing .Gameplay. Unique an interesting new types of gameplay mechanics may not be exclusive to indie games but it’s where it seems to stem from the most these days.

Take the game Journey for instance. Journey is a PS3 exclusive that is the complete opposite of what current gaming trends demand. You play as a mostly silent character who’s main goal is to get to the peak of a distant mountain top. Gameplay mechanics include the ability to interact with cloth, forming your characters scarf that allows the player to defy gravity to reach new areas. That’s it. No shooting, no upgrades, no perks, no real enemies and no real combat. There is one thing Journey has in common with its “Triple A” big brothers. Journey can be played online but not like your used to. Every now and then another player will enter your game and they only way you can communicate with each other is by having the character make sounds to alert a near by player. You can help each other progress or completely ignore one another. Very simple yet very effective. So much so that there have been many mentions and references towards Journey for having made the industry re-think how we see online gaming. Because the crew at That Game Company, the folks behind the development of Journey, we now understand that online play doesn’t have to be intrusive, and plagued with foul mouth idiots. Once again, an indie game leads the way.

The Passion

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Say What You Will About Kick Starter, It Opens Doors That Are Otherwise Shut To Small Devs

Their are a wealth of indie devs that have a passion for games. Most of them don’t have the means to create and publish their own games on the various platforms available. That’s where Kick Starter comes in. Crowd funding is responsible for giving many indie devs their time in the sun. Young men and women who have a deep passion to create exciting game worlds for us to play in can now continue to dream big knowing that they have every opportunity to be successful.  Passionate developers no longer have to go to big publishers and potentially sell out their creations just so their games can see the light of day. They can interact directly with their audience who are as equally passionate to play these games as the devs are to make them. All of the hard work and dedication that indie devs put into making their game can be appreciated by all. The only thing that can hold them back is themselves.

Mighty NO. 9 is probably the biggest example of this. Created by famous Mega Man co creator Keiji Inafune, Mighty NO. 9 is a direct result of what the passion to create can produce. No just the passion of a developer but of the fans eager to get their hands on something they understand will probably never be made by the likes of EA or CAPCOM. Many well known developers choose to go down this same development path as well. It’s not about Kick Starter or any other crowd funding source, its about developers knowing that true creativity and freedom cannot properly be nurtured and cultivated at a large development house but only in an environment where creativity wont be stifled by the need to create the next blockbuster.

The Future

Independent developers are the future of the gaming industry. Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo know this all too well. Nintendo has done and excellent job at inviting indie devs to make games on their platform even going so far as to waive the costs of dev kits. Sony has been hard at work courting indie devs for their Playstation 4 platform and Microsoft has made sure indies will be able to create for the Xbox One by making every Xbox One console an actual dev unit. The industry needs to continue to support indie developers and gamers need to support them with their wallets. Who knows, the next indie game you purchase on  XBLA, PSN, and Nintendo’s eShop or support on Kick Starter could be made by the industries future Naughty Dog. Think about it. Indies are the future.

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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mightyno9/mighty-no-9?ref=live


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Game Spotlight: The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker HD

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This Is How You Do An HD Remake

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker was an awesome game when it released on the Gamecube back in 2002. Nintendo has given Wind Waker the HD treatment and in honor of its release i thought I’d take a look at what makes this re-release so awesome.

The Most Impressive HD Remake Ever

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Impressive

There have been plenty re-released HD ports of old games over the years. From the PS2 versions of God of War to Devil May Cry and Resident Evil 4, but none have delivered a standard like the Wind Waker HD. In the past, what you got from other HD ports was simply an upscaled version of the original. No enhanced textures, no new lighting and no new content. With the Wind Waker, Nintendo has gone all out adding an enhanced lighting engine, improving the textures and adding shader support, music playing at a higher bit rate and added content. Here is an in depth look at the added features.

  • Triforce quest – the five Triforce pieces can now be grabbed directly
  • Only the remaining three require translated charts instead of eight
  • Hero Mode available from the start
  • Picto Box has been upgraded
  • Upgraded camera could still be used to snap photos of unsuspecting villagers or enemies
  • Pictures can go up on Miiverse
  • Link can also take funny self-photographs
  • Switch between happy, sad, and surprised emotions
  • Get the Swift Sail at the auction house after completion of the first dungeon
  • No alert via an in-game prompt to signal the special sails availability
  • No longer possible to accidentally skip Tingle’s island, as the developers have inserted an introduction to the quirky character into the main quest
  • Enhanced first-person camera
  • Can now have full movement in that perspective
  • Can travel through hallways and shoot arrows like you’re in a FPS

The extra content may not be in the form of new dungeons and bosses but the game doesn’t need them. Wind Waker was a rich and rewarding experience the first time around and having smaller enhancements like Hero mode and first person movement along with a revamped Triforce quest should make the game even more rewarding. The game will retail at a reduced price of 49.99 instead of the usual 59.99. Definitely worth it.

The Bundle

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Now I Wish I Waited Till Now To Buy My Wii U

Nintendo has decided to create a Wii U bundle featuring a digital copy of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD as well as Digital Copy of the Hyrule Historia all at a reduced price of 299.99. The bundle launches on September 20th 2013 just in time for the Holiday season. If you have never played the WInd Waker or still haven’t purchased a Wii U, this is the perfect opportunity.

Limited Edition

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I Got To Get Me One Of These !! (in will Smith’s voice)

Gamestop has a limited edition Wind Waker HD box set that includes a nice looking Gannondof statue encased in a glass dome. It looks pretty awesome. The limited edition costs only 59.99 which is the same price as most games these days and if you manage to score this version then your one lucky guy or gal.

Still not convinced The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD is the best remake ever? Well check out this video below and see for yourself how much of a difference a little native 1080p running at 60fps can make.

Shout out goes to Gamexplain for posting this video on Youtube. I’ll have a link below the video so you can check out more of their videos inlcuding more on the Wind Waker HD.

http://www.youtube.com/user/GameXplain?feature=watch


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Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Ten Home consoles

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Which Home Console Is King?

 One Console To Rule Them All

Here it is, folks. The first edition of Top Ten Tuesdays. This week I will be taking a look at what I believe are the top ten home gaming consoles of all time. So take your “fanboy” hats off, sit back and enjoy.

10. Xbox 360

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Online Wouldn’t Be What It Is Without Xbox

Microsoft’s second home console is their most successful to date selling over 70 million units worldwide. The Xbox 360 helped usher in HD gaming in 2005 and single-handedly raised the bar for what to expect from online gaming on a home console.

Notable Exclusives: Forza Motorsport, Halo, Gears of War

Innovations: Enhanced online gaming features

9. Dreamcast

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You Were Gone All Too Soon My Friend

The Sega Dreamcast launched in1999 in North America as Sega’s 4th major home console to much fanfare. The Dreamcast was set to do battle against Nintendo’s Gamecube, Sony’s Playstation 2, and Microsofts freshman console, the Xbox but didn’t quite make it into battle due to being discontinued only 2 years later in 2001. The Dreamcast went on to sell just over ten million units and is one of the most beloved home consoles of all time despite its short life span.

Notable Exclusives: Sonic Adventure, Soul Calibur, Street Fighter 3 Collection, Crazy Taxi, Ready to Rumble, Resident Evil: Code Veronica, NFL 2K, NBA 2K, Shenmue, Marvel Vs Capcom, Capcom Vs Snk, Power Stone.

Innovations: One of the first home consoles to connect to the internet.

 

8. Genesis

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…Does What NintenDONT !

The Sega Genesis launched in North America in 1989 and directly challenged Nintendo for the crown of industry king. With an aggressive marketing campaign aimed directly at “dissing” Nintendo, the Genesis became known as what many would call today a “hard core” console. Going on to sell just under 30 million units world wide and stands as one of Sega’s most impressive and beloved home consoles.

Notable Exclusives: Sonic, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Vector Man, Road Rash, Hang On, After Burner, Phantasy Star,

Innovations: Blast Processing !

7. PS3

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Overcame Adversity 

The PS3 launched in 2006 at two price points, 499.99 and 599.99. While overly expensive, Sony stood by the price point arguing that its value was worth every penny. The PS3 came with a built in Blu-Ray drive and for many years to come was one of the best Blu-Ray drives on the market. For many the price point  was not justified and for years the Playstation was plagued by “Doom and Gloom” articles that could be found all over the net. Sony’s 3rd home console eventually found it’s stride as Sony began to invest in new franchises and put their support behind several indie studios. The Playstation 3 has currently sold just over 70 million units world wide and is a shining example that a console can struggle early in its lifetime and still turn out to be a success.

Notable Exclusives: Uncharted, Infamous, God of War, Journey, Gran Turismo, Killzone, Little Big Planet, Ratchet and Clank

Innovations: Like no one else can, Sony was able to create a powerful piece of hardware and pack it with enough features making it truly futur proof

6. Gamecube

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Underrated And Underappreciated 

Nintendo’s 4th home console was released in 2001 and still stands as Nintendo’s most underrated console. The Gamecube was heavily criticised for being a “purple lunchbox” with a handle and even nick-named a “kiddy console”. The Gamecube went on to come in at 3rd place in the console race selling just over 20 million units worldwide and is seen by many as a failure by Nintendo. Despite foolish journalism claiming Nintendo’s demise, the Gamecube was one of the industries best consoles delivering some of the greatest games of all time.

Notable Exclusives: Wind Waker, Mario Kart, Smash Bros Melee, Wave Race, Metroid Prime, Resident Evil 4, Mario Sunshine, Animal Crossing

Innovations: One of the only Nintendo consoles to not usher in any type of gameplay innovations, the Gamecube did sport a unique controller that is still considered the prefered way to play Smash Bros.

5. PS2

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Greatest Selling Console Of All Time

The PS2 was a behemoth of a console. Launching in 2000 and selling around 155 million units worldwide, the Sony Playstation 2 left its competition in the dust. Equipped with a DVD drive and an outstanding lineup of 3rd party software including exclusives like GTA and Devil May Cry, the PS2 is well deserving of the label as “one of the greatest home consoles of all time”.

Notable Exclusives: GTA, Devil May Cry, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid, Jack and Dexter, Tekken, Silent Hill

Innovations: Not much to see here. The PS2 pretty much improved on what its predecessor brought to the industry a generation before it.

4. N64

ULLLLTRRRRRAAAAAAAA !!!!

The N64 was Nintendo’s 3rd entry into the console market and it came in with a bang. Introducing the gaming industry to a brand new way of playing 3d games via the analog stick, the N64 revolutionized how we play games. One of the strikes against the N64 was Nintendo’s reliance on the old cartridge based storage format over cd as this caused several developers to skip Nintendo’s new console in favor of their competition over at Sony. Many of the franchises on the N64 revolutionized their respective genre and remain some of the best reviewed games to this day. The Nintendo 64 launched in 1996 in North America and went on to sell just over 32 million units worldwide.

Notable Exclusives: Mario 64, Zelda Ocarina of Time, Mario Kart 64, Wave Race 64, Super Smash Bros, Animal Crossing, Pilot Wings 64, Majora’s Mask, Perfect Dark, Golden Eye, Killer Instinct Gold

Innovations: Built-in four controller support, the analog stick, force feedback

3. PS1

Brought The Hardcore To Gaming

Sony’s first home console, the Playstation is the result of a botched deal between Sony and Nintendo. Nintendo backed out of a partnership that would have seen the two behemoths collaborate on a cd based home console and Nintendo’s back step  resulted in something similar to Frankenstein creating a monster. The monster was called the Playstation.  Swallowing up almost of the third party support from Nintendo’s 64-bit home console, the Playstation launched in 1995 in North America and went on to become the first gaming console to ship 100 million units.

Notable Exclusives: Crash Bandicoot, Twisted Metal, Final Fantasy, Tekken, Street FIghter, Resident Evil, Silent Hill,

Innovations: Improved on the already stellar SNES controller design.

2. SNES

Now Your Playing With Power. Super Powrer!

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or SNES for short is absolutely one of the greatest gaming consoles of all time. An argument can be made that the console should sit at the top spot and you would be hard-pressed to come up with valid arguments against that. Releasing in 1991 in North America, the SNES was the highly anticipated successor to the original NES. The console boasted vibrant 16-bit graphics and an amazing sound chip, not to mention one of the greatest software lineups in gaming history. The SNES went on to sell just shy of 50 million units world wide cementing itself as arguably the most beloved console of all time.

Notable Exclusives: Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, Super Punch-Out, A Link to the Past, F-Zero, Pilot Wings, Yoshi’s Island, Donkey Kong Country, Star Fox, Killer Instinct

Innovations: The SNES pioneered what has now become the standard controller layout by placing four buttons on the face and triggers on the top.

1. NES

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Now Your Playing With Power

This was a no-brainer. The original NES is simpley the greatest console of all time due to the fact that it virtualy had no competition. Sure, Sega had a home console on the market during the same time as Nintendo’s first console but how many people do remember owning Sega’s home console in the 80’s. The NES had just about every developer undr the sun making games for it and 90 percent of them could only be played on Nintendo’s platform. When Atari failed and the Gaming industry crashed in 1983,  Nintendo was there to pick up the pieces and revive gaming in the western markets. The industry had never seen anything like the likes of Mario and company and would soon find itself benefiting greatly from the success of Nintendo and its NES console. The NES was launched in 1985 in North America and went on to sell over 60 million units worldwide and single-handedly revived gaming in the west

Notable Exclusives: Super Mario Bros., Metroid, Zelda, Excite Bike, Donkey Kong, Punch-Out, Duck Hunt, Kid Icarus, Kirby,

Innovations: Introduced a brand new controller complete with a d-pad and two face buttons making it the forefather of the modern day controller. The NES also single-handedly raised the western gaming industry from the dead