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
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
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.
…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 !
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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