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EDGE Rates The Ten Best Consoles Of The Past Twenty Years

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To commemorate the twenty years that EDGE has been existence, the publication has published a special article rating the ten best video game consoles of the past twenty years. As expected, there’s a number of Nintendo devices included in the top ten, but Sony’s PlayStation 2 has taken the number one position. Here’s their top ten.

10. Dreamcast
9. Xbox
8. Wii
7. PlayStation 3
6. DS lite
5. GameCube
4. Nintendo 64
3. PlayStation
2. Xbox 360
1. PlayStation 2

Thanks, iceazeama

170 comments

          1. The fact that you made a joke about disabled people makes you worse than the “first-commenter.”

    1. SNES should be number one. There were no 2D consoles on that list even though 90% of the best games are 2D.

    1. How is 360 at number 2, it’s the same as the ps3 almost but the ps3 had so many more first party games and exclusives, and I think ds lite should of been higher, wii also

    1. Super Nintendo debuted in 1991. The title of the article refers to consoles of the last 20 years. Do the math. Hurpdurp.

      1. in 1993 the super nintendo was current gen, i think i got mine then. megadrive was current too. Did a 20 year old sony fanboy write this junk??

        1. You can try to make an argument about what was “current” gen at the time, but the Game Boy was still “current” in 1993 and beyond too, so should that count? At some point you just need to cut it off at a certain time. The way I interpreted the list, and how I think most people will, is that it goes back 20 years to when a console first premiered. Otherwise you might as well just make it about the best consoles for the entire history of video games, since there will always be overlap with what console is selling at whatever point on the timeline.
          Funny how you ad hominem attack the list as being written by a Sony fanboy but yet your comments (naturally, given that it’s posted on this site) completely epitomize a Nintendo fanboy and the stereotypical rage that comes with it when they don’t get what they want.
          We’re all fanboys, but I guess some people are the wrong kind, right? Keep the rage cycle going. Hurrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

  1. 1. Nintendo DS lite
    2.PS2
    3.Nintendo 64
    4.PS One
    5.Xbox
    6.Gamecube
    7.PS3
    8.Wii
    9.Xbox360
    10.Dreamcast
    My top 10, agree???

      1. The list is base on consoles from 20 years ago, but yeah for my all time definitely snes would be first :)

    1. 1.Nintendo 64
      2.Playstation 1
      3. Gamecube
      4.Nintendo DS
      5.Playstation 2 (I feel its slightly overated, although awesome it was a 2 player glorified DVD player… Best games on Gamecube were better than those on PS2 imo)
      6.Gameboy advance
      7. Wii
      8.Xbox 360
      9.Xbox
      10.Dreamcast

      My list.

      1. hhmmmm you know what i think i agree with the guy with the worst noa president in history. your avatar says “my body is ready for no good games” and everything else he sucks at, while noe does better than my pathetic pizza hot ass. (did you say the cat suite is innovative, well it is, meow meow) ……. uuhhhhhhhhh

        i feel like the ps2 is also some what overrated, if the gamecube was a dvd player, the ps2 would be the wii of that generation, shit. just think of what the gamecube would have had without those small discs and it being a dvd player. the ps2 would have flopped.
        agree what you said almost exactly about your ps2 statement.

        that makes me think, if nintendo “king of retarded decisions since snes” would of had cd’s instead of carts during n64, i think it would have been the best system of all time.

        the 360…… the ps3 has way better games so, get that of the list. as for the wii, if that thing has to be on the list it should be 10 while i spit on it.

        nintendo could have totally dominated the n64 and gamecube i think, if they didnt make those retarded decisions and i think the playstation wouldnt even exist today.

        its sadly the truth that more powerful systems just can do more, you dont need it, but guess what it ends up being on top, it was nintendos fault of decisions for n64 and gamecube with not just going with the flow. they could have destroyed the competition with those to systems, just look at the games on those systems with almost non existent support.

        hahahahaha read threw my grammar mess. after you struggle to read, i think ive made really good points. suffer as you read.

        1. Agreed, Gamecube with DVD discs and playback would of been better in every way than PS2. And yeh maybe PS3 deserves a place on the list ahead of 10,9 and 8… But the ps3 started off wack , was overpriced shitty multiplats etc…

        1. Jade Empire, do you want any more? cause i can keep going.
          Although i dont think the first Xbox deserves to be in the top 10, some of its games are memorable.

    2. I don’t understand the ps3 and 360 have basically the same third party games but ps3 had way more exclusives and first party games, I don’t think the 360 should be on there, as it wasn’t really revolutionary. The wii brought motion control, ps3 had blu ray and better graphics

      1. No amount of exclusives and first party games will mean anything if a majority of them are hardly memorable or standing the test of time.

    3. Very reasonable. PS2 and DS can go either way, but switch 6 with 5 and 10 with 9 and I’d completely agree with you.

  2. Okay, DS, though better than X360 (in terms of sales at the least) can be but behind it… Sure… But behind GameCube? I mean, I loved GameCube… But seriously? DS didn’t tons better than every system out there except the PS2… What is this bases on lol?

  3. I seriosly think DS and wii should be in the top 3, still agreeing with PS2 at the top, but those 2 consoles brought alot into the gaming world than Xbox360 imo.

  4. Did they really put the 360 over the N64? Mass advertisement> The greatest games ever made makes no sense. Stupid list…

  5. Where is the NES and the Genesis? One of these saved the VG industry and the other bring the competition to the market.

    EDGE sucks.

  6. Why is XBOX 360 2nd in the list? That’s utter bollocks. The opinion of whoever rated this offends me.

  7. Super NES – Yes it’s older than 20 years… But still it was the best console ever… Still today, I find that the best games and series debuted on that console… I got a urge sometimes to go out and buy one with some games to bring at the Chalet. So much good memories

  8. No NES or SNES? No Nintendo system in the top 3? We all knew Edge was harsh towards Nintendo. But that’s just stupid. While this list is 1 guys opinion from Edge, he has a terrible one.

    1. Here a some steps you should follow
      Read the title
      Think a bit about the first you said
      Do the math
      Realize
      insert palm on face/face on palm

  9. THE WII HAHAHAHA gtfo!!!!!! the 360…….. should be behind ps3 way behind it and i think the n64 should be switched with playstation1. if n64 had squaresoft the playstation i think couldnt even be next to it, still the ps1 is a really great system. funny wasnt the ps1 considered the children console back then and n64 the adult one?? oh how the times have changed nintendo….. (starts throwing eggs at iwata and reggie) now i dont know my personal list would be though.

    the saturn is the worst system ever, of the big 4. fuck that thing.

  10. Assuming #1=10 Points; #2=9 Points and so on:
    Sony=22 Points
    Nintendo=21 Points
    Microsoft=11 Points
    Sega=1 Point

    But I dont agree with this :P

  11. 1: Virtual Boy
    2: Virtual Boy
    3: Virtual Boy
    4: Virtual Boy
    5: Virtual Boy
    6: Virtual Boy
    7: Virtual Boy
    8: Virtual Boy
    9: Virtual Boy
    10:….
    I’m still not quite sure what to put on spot number ten, I’ve been making this list for the last months cause I thought about the 10 best consoles in the past twenty years too. It is such an interesting topic, like which console is number one; Virtual Boy or Virtual Boy? I personally chose Virtual Boy over Virtual Boy in my top 10 but it was a close match. Of course feel free to disagree, with me choosing Virtual Boy over Virtual Boy or Virtual Boy instead of Virtual Boy.

    1. whta!!??? can’t believe you left the virtual boy out of your list man, but i guess everyone has their own opinion! cheers

      1. hahahaahhah yes:). you are on the ball today anubis, *throws dog treat* oh sorry about that usually nintenpuppets fall for that one but your not one. :)

        oh there goes cornilius after the dog treat…. told you it would work.

        CORNILIUS COME BACK HERE. GET OUT OF THE ROAD *bark bark* CORNILIUS SIT!!!!! GET THE FUCK BACK IN YOUR KENIL. (puts cornilius back on leash) stupid nintenpuppet.

  12. Ok so .. euhm .. the SNES was from 1991. 20 Years ago was 1993, but then when Edge came into being the SNES was still around and going strong! So why .. WHY!? Edge is the SNES not in you list!? Wankers -_-‘

  13. Would all you whiney bitches just shut up and deal with it, this is their opinion, not yours. just shut up because no one cares what your list is like. While I disagree with a bunch of the list I’m not going to cry and make my own list and force everone to believe my opinion is the truth. Maybe these people know better than us, because they actually played on ALL of these consoles.

  14. You know this is BS because the 360 came in second. Agree with basically all the other placements, but come on, you can’t have a system as unreliable as the 360 was in second place, even if was the most popular in the states. The 360 is a bro gamer console. When you say best console to me, it makes me think about the consoles that I’ll be able to come back to 10 years from now and it’ll still let me experience all my games to their fullest and have games that I just can’t get anywhere else. The 360 just doesn’t have that, especially since it was an online box that’ll be offline in just a few years. Without gold the 360 is junk, and I don’t know anyone who’s gonna shell out $60 a year for a nostalgic system that won’t even have anyone left online to play with. Sure the other systems won’t have online, but they all had the single player and local multiplayer that really made them shine. Not to mention, most 360s will be unplayable in 10 years time

    1. The original Xbox was good for wiping my brazilian waxed butthole. The Gamecube had fantastic games. Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion, SSSM just to name a few. 💋

      1. So did the Xbox. Oddworld Munche’s Odyssey, Halo Combat Evolved, Project Gotham Racing, and Phantom Dust were awesome games. GameCube did have better exclusives though.

  15. I’m surprised the 3DS isn’t somewhere in this. Yeah, it’s only been out for more than two years, but it already has an outstanding library. It’s not top 3, though.

    And why is the 360 so much farther up than the PS3? PS3 is better IMO.

  16. Terrible list. 360 does not deserve to be on it, far less at #2. 3DS meanwhile should be there, and is looking set to be the boss of them all.

  17. Well, I’m glad that the Wii, DS Lite, Gamecube and Nintendo 64 made the list. But not seeing the NES or SNES on this list proved that they were smoking loco weed. Seeing the PS2 at number one confirmed that they need psychiatric help.

    Nothing beats the NES and Super NES. The two greatest consoles of all-time!

    1. Then again, if this literally only goes back 20 years, then that’s probably why the NES and SNES aren’t on the list.

  18. Current

    1. Gamecube
    2. N64
    3. PS1
    4. DS
    5. Xbox 360
    6. PS2
    7. Panasonic 3DO
    8. Dreamcast
    9. Wii
    10. Xbox

    Future

    1. WiiU
    2. 3DS
    3. Gamecube
    4. N64
    5. DS
    6. PS4
    7. PS1
    8. Xbox 360
    9. PS2
    10. 3DO

  19. Xbox 360 at Number 2? What were they smoking when they made this?

    I do agree with GCN over Wii though. Overall better library.

    1. The publication should have tried harder to create a non-biased list. There’s a fine line between good opinions and biased opinions.

  20. Sucky list… that’s all I have to say. The only people who thinks this list is “spot on” are Sony fanboys. 💋

    1. I actually think this list is pretty good and spot on. But if we went since the beginning of console existence, the NES would take number 1 spot.

      Let me guess, it’s a sucky list because Nintendo isn’t number 1?

      1. Obviously if people come to a nintendo site on the Internet they would want to see a nintendo console as number one because that is their OPINION.

      2. It would be a falsehood to claim Nintendo was dominant within the last twenty years. Relevant, yes, but not dominant.

  21. I agree with most of the list , but seriously xbox360 number 2 ??? Looks like they are basing the list on the sales . Oh and ds over the ps3 ??? Realy ?? PlayStation 3 is better , will at least that is my opinion .

  22. EDGE STOPPED BEING A RESPECTED PUBLICATION 10 YEARS AGO

    EDGE IS LIVING OF PAST RESPECT NOT CURRENT RESPECT

    TO PRASE AND PROMOTE PS4 PROVES EDGE IS CLEARLY GUILTY OF BEING INDUSTRY SCUM…

    THERE ONLY DOING THIS TO SAVE THERE OWN ASS NO CONSOLE COMPETITION NO EDGE MAGAZINE

    THAT SIMPLE PS4 IS EVERYTHING THATS WRONG WITH GAMING AND ”ISNT” NEXT GEN

    EDGE ARE A JOKE AND PS2 WAS A PILE OF UNPLAYABLE CRAP ,,,POOR CONTROLS LOADTIMES LAGGY DUALSHOCK CONTROLS
    DEAD ANALOG STICKS THAT DIDNT WORK

    SECOND ONLY TO X360 FOR BUILD QOALITY PROBLEMS AND DIEING CONSOLE

    EDGE FUCK OF AND DIE WITH ALL THE OTHER DEAD PHYSICAL PUBLICATIONS

    WE HAVE THE INTERNET MAGAZINES ARE IRELEVENT

    1. Microsoft is everything wrong with gaming. The PS2 controllers were definitely built better than the N64 controllers which had a wider set of issues to go with it – though nothing beats the Gamecube controllers when it comes to comfort.

  23. Didnt they just pretty much list EVERYTHING thats come out in the last twenty years?!?! Honestly, you throw in ps1, nes, snes and a handful of failures from sega youve got everything since the industry rebound save for a handheld or two.

    I don’t profess to being the smartest man, but i bet the top three consoles next gen will round out to be

    Ps4
    Wii u
    Xbox 1

    Do i getta wurk fro edge meow?

  24. What the fuck? Dreamcast was in #10? what the hell!!! and sincerely don’t agree with #1, I think PS1 was way better (not in fucking terms of graphics). and Nintendo 64 and DS deserves to be in a higher position. Don’t know about Xbox.

  25. 1.Nintendo 64
    2. DS
    3.Wiiu
    4.3ds
    5.DreamCast
    6.PS1
    7.Wii
    8.GameCube
    9.Gameboy/Gameboy advance
    10.PS2
    11. Xbox 360
    12.Xbox :P ya i added some so what
    13. PS3 :P

  26. Couldn’t agree more with PS2, but 360 top 2 and PS3 top 7 while Wii is on top 8, DS is on top 6 and 3DS isn’t even on the list? These guys have problems.

  27. Lists like this are so ridiculous. Each one has its own opinion, doesn’t matter what a lists says. Nintendo being the number 1 or not, it is all the same, opinions! Stop creating goddamn lists just to bring endless discussions over and over again.

  28. Edge the EA of gajing magz

    Lost all repect for them a decade ago

    Ps2 was an abomination crap controls crap load times crap build qoality crap games sub graphics no AA

    50% of ps2 s life sales were REPLACMENTS FOR BUSTED CONSOLES AND SONY CLASSED THEM AS SALES

    Edge are trying to build relations with ps4 fans I AINT DUMB EDGE YOUR A WASH OUT

  29. No Xbox deserves to be in top 10 at all…

    What a disgrace but what do you expect from these Xbots…

  30. I, literally, cannot disagree with this list any more. Everything on there is so wrong. To say that Xbox 360 is better than the Nintendo 64 is almost a crime.

  31. PS2, without question, was the best console in the last twenty years. Even right now, I’m still playing the one I bought in 2000. Persona 4, to be exact.

    1. now loading aint playing shit and its second only to x360 as the worlds most broken down eleitron consumer device LLOLLOLOLL

  32. 1.PlayStation 2
    2.PlayStation
    3.Nintendo 64
    4.Gameboy Advance (SP)
    5.Nintendo DS (original)
    6.Dreamcast
    7.Playstation 3
    8.GameCube
    9.Xbox
    10.Playstation portable

  33. 2. Xbox 360
    1. PlayStation 2

    LOL EDGE there 1 and 2 in human history as the most COMPLAINED ABOUT/RETURNED/REPLACED— BROKED ELECTRONICS DEVICE ON EARTH

    X360 BROKE PS2s record

    FACT

  34. Obviously they are 360 fanboys, the 360 wasn’t revolutionary, also didn’t sell that well compared to others, I remember buying their magazine and mostly 360 games were there, prob is full of 20-40 year old nerds who call themselves hardcore so they only like shooting zombies and nazis in the head so the console with the most of that shit is their best console ever, pathetic. I would understand if they put NES or PS2 as the #1, but 360? REALLY!?

  35. This list is such a sack of crap, if I were to put Ps3 on that list it would not be higher then PS2, and 360 would not be 2 maybe 7 but defiantly not 2, the xbox and ps3 should probably tie, they are practically the same machine always trying to be different but ending up the same, the Wii was revolutionary, that’s why Phony Sony came out with their PS Move, and Xbox with their Kinect, they were just trying to rip off the wii but kinda bit them on the ass those things were pathetic it made my laugh oh how it did

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