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Believe it or not, video games consoles have been with us since the 1970s. This means anyone aged under 40 probably won’t even remember a time when they didn’t exist. Mind. Blown.

Having now reached the dizzying eighth generation of video games hardware — with the PS4 PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4 PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4 E3 2013 marked the moment when the next-generation truly began, with all three contenders -- the PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox One, and Wii U -- revealed in full. The Wii U is already on the... Read More , Xbox One PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The Xbox One PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The Xbox One This year's E3 felt almost like it was over before it began. Though the conference lasts for days, both Microsoft and Sony made their announcements before the doors opened, showing not just hardware but also... Read More , and Wii U 7 Ways The Wii U Is Better Than The Xbox One And PS4 7 Ways The Wii U Is Better Than The Xbox One And PS4 While the battle between the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One rages on, a third competitor watches from the sidelines: the Wii U. Read More — it’s high time we took a look back at what has gone before.

Gaming Greats & Console Classics

The best way of doing this is surely to ask you, the MakeUseOf readership, to tell us all about the video games console you remember most fondly, and why it retains a place in your heart. Therefore, we want to know, What Is Your Favorite Games Console Of All Time?

You have dozens of consoles to choose from, dating all the way back to the Magnavox Odyssey Gaming Firsts: 4 Milestones From The First Games To The Home Console [Geek History] Gaming Firsts: 4 Milestones From The First Games To The Home Console [Geek History] Before video games there were board games, card games, parlour games and some elaborate automaton chess robots that were actually operated by hidden human beings. The 20th century saw a huge shift in the perception... Read More released in 1972, and ending with the current trio already named above.

We don’t mind which generation your most beloved console belongs to, as long as you choose just one from the long history of video games. And then tell us, via the comments section below, why that particular console resonated with you to such a degree that you are happy naming it as your favorite of all time.


This question was prompted by my personal favorite games console of all time 6 Dreamcast Games That Stand The Test Of Time [MUO Gaming] 6 Dreamcast Games That Stand The Test Of Time [MUO Gaming] In many ways the Dreamcast is the forgotten console in video games history. It didn't sell well, it didn't stick around long, and it never quite lived up to its early promise. However, those who... Read More celebrating an important birthday. The Dreamcast recently turned 15 Apple Reinvents The Watch, Unveils iPhone 6, Offers Free U2 Album, And More... [Tech News Digest] Apple Reinvents The Watch, Unveils iPhone 6, Offers Free U2 Album, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, other technology news not related to Apple. Honest. Read More , having been first released on Sept. 9, 1999. And while this particular games console failed so spectacularly that it took Sega out of the hardware business, it captured my heart and is still, to this very day, refusing to let go.

The video below — which shows a bunch of stupid teenagers failing to be impressed by the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) 4 Websites To Play NES Games For Free & Through The Browser 4 Websites To Play NES Games For Free & Through The Browser Just recently, I put out an article outlining some of my favorite RPGs for the SNES and showed MUO readers how they can experience those games through a web interface. Not everyone has the time... Read More — also played its part. We expect the NES to be named at least a few times during this discussion, and yet here are some youngsters totally disrespecting this fantastic slice of retro gaming goodness 8 Of The Best Retro Gaming YouTube Channels [MUO Gaming] 8 Of The Best Retro Gaming YouTube Channels [MUO Gaming] Read More . The fools.

We cannot let them get away with this. The best way of battling against such ignorance is for us to collectively take an enjoyable trip down memory lane. This is where nostalgia resides, making us smile as we recount past glories. You know, when video games were actually challenging 3 Things I Miss About Old School Video Games [MUO Gaming] 3 Things I Miss About Old School Video Games [MUO Gaming] Times change, and I understand that; but does that mean I cannot yearn for the old days? I cannot be the only one who misses some things about the good old days of video games,... Read More .

Join us on this journey to yesteryear by taking part in the discussion below. And you even could win a T-shirt for your efforts.

Have Your Say

All comments will be read and most will be replied to, before a follow-up post is published containing the We Ask You Results. One reader will win Comment Of The Week, receiving a geeky T-shirt chosen from those available through the catalog for their effort.

We Ask You is a column dedicated to learning the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

  1. Allie
    September 16, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I loved that I could play it with my kids. I am way too slow foe WII and Playstation 3, tho I stil try with the grandkids. Even the 2 year old can beat me on them.
    I loved Zelda, and a few others...still have them, looking for a system....and my experience with Family Boy...too fragile

  2. Allie
    September 12, 2014 at 2:11 pm


    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      What made you love the NES so much?

  3. Mo
    September 12, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    SNES is my favorite.

    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      You and many others by the looks of it!

  4. Devin C
    September 12, 2014 at 11:38 am

    The Nintendo Wii.

    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      For what reason? And do you still play it?

  5. Josh W
    September 11, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    For me, the best system is the Super Nintendo. Not only for the sake of nostalgia (so many memories), but I think it's in a rather special place in video game history, as the advent of 3D gaming hadn't completely changed the industry yet. But developers often had a lot of experience working on the NES, so they were really able to push the system to its limits. Some of the prettiest 2D games came out for that system, and many franchises started, restarted, or found new strength on the system.

    While there have been many great 2D games to come since then, I consider the SNES the last, and therefore greatest, 2D-centered system ever made, with developers working within its limitations to great effect, providing some the of the greatest games in history.

    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      The SNES seems to have won the most votes. I wonder if the reason for that is how it straddled the line between 2D and 3D?

  6. Xoandre M
    September 11, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    The only real console I have spent significant time playing is the Nintendo. That would be the first generation, original $110 console that came with 2 controllers, a light gun, and a cartridge for Super Mario/Duck Hunt (as seen in the video: Teens React to the Nintendo (NES) shown on this question page.

    I played endless hours of Mario, and a couple of hours with Duck Hunt. Later on, I bought Bionic Commando, Blaster Master, Kid Icarus, spent weeks playing Mega Man, TMNT 1 & II, got my butt handed to me by my big brother playing Rad Racer and Super C, and later spent months skipping homework to play the ultimate game of all Nintendo History:

    Dragon Warrior.

    The current generation of kids know the Dragon Warrior interface very well, as it was the foundation for the Pokemon hand-held games.

    Certainly the Super Nintendo was an improvement, the Gameboy a great option for playing on the go, but nothing beats the nostalgia of having the original NES hooked up to a CRT TV and that great Dragon Warrior/Super Mario music playing.

    I tried the N64 and found it disastrously unplayable. I did give it a serious effort.
    The Xbox sealed the deal for me, with its clunky graphics and overpriced games. I began ignoring the console market altogether, as much as anyone can do these days with those "playstation" commercials running all the time.

    I would love to get my hands on an old NES or something that I can hook up to my 42" HDTV and can play Dragon Warrior 1, 2, & 3 as well as Super Mario. But it would have to be less than the original price of the Nintendo (NES).

    Nostalgia aside, I will have to wait a few years until other parts of my life settle down, so I can afford to spend the time relaxing with the challenges of the original gaming system...

    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      I'm pretty sure you can pick an NES up dirt cheap on eBay, along with a couple of dozen games thrown in for good measure. I'm not sure the reality of playing them today will live up to the nostalgic memories though. I find I'm disappointed if I play games even from two generations ago (PS2 and Xbox).

  7. likefunbutnot
    September 11, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    I don't like game consoles. The lack of standardization in controllers drives me nuts and I really don't want to play most games on an information-poor interface that's built on the assumption I'm looking at a TV that I'm using from the couch.

    I do appreciate my first-generation Playstation 3 because it lets me extract data from SACDs and I do keep tabs on what consoles can do as set top boxes, but in general I think that consoles are extremely
    expensive toys that slow the progression of PC gaming and create dependence on the wrong aspects of set top entertainment devices.

    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      That's what all PC gamers think, and they're entitled to those views. I disagree though. Isn't it rich for PC gamers to moan about a lack of standardization? That's the biggest problem with PC games! Also, as someone who works on a PC all day, the last thing I want to do to relax is sit in front of a PC all evening playing games. The couch is king!

  8. Howard B
    September 11, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I loved my SuperNES, but the all-time great has to be the PS2. First system that really had great 3D graphics (PS1 was good, but PS2 improved everything). DualShock controllers, decent sized memory card (I bought a whopping 128MB card for mine!), and the first DVD player in a console.

    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      The PS2 was a great console. It's probably the one I played most, so I can see why you fell in love with it.

  9. Ben S
    September 11, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I have to say the N64 is my favorite. The games on there were some of the first I can remember playing/watching my dad play, and so they're special to me even to this day.

    Ocarina of Time, Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, Super Mario 64, Donkey Kong 64, GoldenEye, Perfect Dark, and Mischief Makers were just some of the ones I grew up with.

    The SNES is probably my second-favorite, because I'm a sucker for 16-bit graphics and I love a ton of games on there too, most notably the Donkey Kong Country series.

    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      I do remember having a lot of fun with my N64 back in the day. Goldeneye was a revelation. I also loved the Donkey Kong games on my SNES; they felt so far ahead of anything else out around that time. Nostalgia is a wonderful thing.

  10. A41202813GMAIL
    September 11, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    ZX SPECTRUM - Mid 1980s.

    I Programmed In BASIC A Game Of OTHELO / REVERSI ( ? ) In It - Machine Versus Player - And The First Time A Neighbor Of Mine Played Against The Machine, The Machine Won.


    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      Not strictly a games console, but I'll allow it as you're such a regular commenter ;)

      Spectrum forever?

    • A41202813GMAIL
      September 16, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      30 Years Ago I Would Of Said That Too.


  11. Jack
    September 11, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Atari 2600 first one and I couldn't believe I could play video games at home on my TV :-)

    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      Wow, you must be as old as me, as I have the exact same memory!

  12. Amrit K
    September 11, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Although I am a PC gamer yet my all time favorite game console is Xbox 360.
    The greatest reason is Halo franchise.
    After playing first two games on PC as a gamer I wanted more and more of Halo.
    I never preferred console over PC but Halo 3 made me to buy Xbox 360 and the saga continued.
    As compared to PS3 (at that time it was main console competitor), Xbox 360 controller is better, especially for shooters.

    But that's not it...
    I had a second favorite too, a PS3.
    If Xbox 360 was better for shooters, PS3 was just as good for everything else.
    PS3 has better exclusive titles than Xbox 360. (Unless you’re a big fan of Halo like me)
    But the main reason to have a PS3 was PS3 has a Blu-ray drive.
    And for a movie the Blu-ray can make a big difference, both in terms of visuals and sound .

    (Good thing is this time you didn't mentioned PC ?_( ?)_/? )

    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      No, this was strictly limited to consoles ;)

      If both of your favorites are from the last generation, I'm guessing you're a younger gamer?

  13. James Bassett
    September 11, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Totally uncool, I know, but I loved the original Sega Mastersystem. Mine had Sonic The Hedgehog built-in so, if there was no cartridge in the slot, it would load and away I'd go. Having originally taken several months to complete it I got to the point where I could run through it in around 20 minutes. So, I suppose my favourite console can't really be separated from my favourite game as, what is a console but a tool to throw the games up on the screen for us?

    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      That's a very good point. A console is only as good as the games played on it.

      There's nothing wrong with loving the Master System. If no one had bought that we would never have had the Mega Drive and Dreamcast, so thank you :)

  14. Carlos Matias
    September 11, 2014 at 7:50 am

    My heart will remember the SNES, but my my hands are stuck on the Dreamcast.

    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      You still own a Dreamcast, huh? Me too, and I'm never selling it or my copies of Shenmue 1 and 2.

  15. Dewa C
    September 11, 2014 at 6:04 am

    off course

    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      No other even comes close?!

    • Dewa C
      September 16, 2014 at 2:42 am

      because SNES a part of my childhood
      i still remember when i first time beat last castle on super mario bros.
      and the other ?
      ps1 and sega megadrive :D

  16. Stefan Eklund
    September 11, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Nintendo 8bit. A part of my childhood.

    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      Ah, the humble NES. What was your favorite game of all time on it?

    • Stefan Eklund
      September 15, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Nothing beats the first Zelda game, second place goes to Metroid.

  17. Jo-anne P
    September 11, 2014 at 2:55 am

    I have to say the PS1 . Love the feel of the controller and that it was lightweight and could take a beating. With 3 cats in the house and a 4 year old at the time it got abused constantly but still played on. Oh the 8 bit days. The PS1 has my favourite games of all times (I am currently playing Suikoden 2 Ya I own it lol ) on the PS3 but it is not the same. StarOcean 2 Second Story, Lunar Silver Star Story, Lunar 2 Eternal 2, Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger to name just a few. Oh the good old days. it was the age of classic RPG's. Damn I feel old!, oh wait I am old.

    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      You're only as old as you feel, and as long as you keep playing those classic RPGs you'll stay feeling young ;)

      Which Final Fantasy is your favorite?

    • Jo-anne P
      September 15, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      FF7 is my all time fav endless play, mini games and it has Cloud just so epic all round

  18. Sam Park
    September 11, 2014 at 2:35 am

    It has a retina display, is super fast, is 5TB, and even allows you to physically interact with the game. What is it? The human body.

    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      If the human body is a games consoles, what is the game?

    • Sam Park
      September 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      The game of life.

  19. KT
    September 11, 2014 at 2:29 am

    I loved the 8 and 16 bit days, but the PS1 takes it for me. The game developers were still taking chances on different ideas, and cheat devices added re playability to previously beaten games. I miss epic one player games and couch co-op (Command and Conquer, Red Alert Retaliation with a link cable and 2 tv's killed many a night for me and my little bro).

    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      Good shout. We have definitely lose something with the move to online (rather than local) multiplayer. We have gained a lot too but us oldies will always remember those days.

  20. Bob H.
    September 11, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Mine is the SNES.

    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Scanning through the comments it seems you are not alone!

  21. Raphael
    September 11, 2014 at 2:04 am

    DS is my fav

    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      The original or the 3DS?

  22. Hingle MCringleberry
    September 11, 2014 at 1:38 am

    My favorites Atari 2600, Sega Gensis, Nintendo 64, PS1, PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC

    • Dave P
      September 15, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Is that every console you have owned? The challenge is to pick just one as your absolute favorite :)

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