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The Guardian ranks the 25 greatest video game consoles

Respected UK news publication The Guardian has taken on the mammoth task of ranking the top 25 video game systems of all-time. If you don’t want to scroll through the site, Reset Era member zuf has created a rather handy list which you can see below. It will be interesting to see whether you agree with their placements!

25. 3DO (1993)
24. Atari Jaguar (1993)
23. Sega Master System (1985)
22. Intellivision (1979)
21. PC Engine (1987)
20. Sega Saturn (1994)
19. Colecovision (1982)
18. Magnavox Odyssey (1972)
17. SNK Neo Geo (1990)
16. Atari VCS/2600 (1977)
15. Nintendo GameCube (2001)
14. PlayStation 3 (2006)
13. Nintendo 64 (1996)
12. Xbox One (2013)
11. Xbox (2001)
10. Nintendo Wii (2006)
9. Sega Dreamcast (1998)
8. Nintendo Switch (2017)
7. PlayStation (1994)
6. Famicom/Nintendo Entertainment System (1983)
5. PlayStation 4 (2013)
4. Sega Mega Drive/Genesis (1988)
3. Xbox 360 (2005)
2. PlayStation 2 (2000)
1. Super Famicom/Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1990)

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    1. Agreed. Just the fact it was made and supported for several years by Nintendo with their IP alone puts it somewhere in the 10-15 range. Same for all Sony and Microsoft systems should not drop below 15. Even if sales are underwhelming still offers way more value by their flagship franchises and third party support then any of those older systems when the genre was in its infancy.

      Also had Sega genesis, loved it but other systems had better cases in top 5 in my opinion.

  1. My personal top 5. I did not have a PS2 but obviously would go in due to historical success.

    1. Switch- despite being only halfway through its lifecycle its design is a gamechanger, its wildly popular, and Nintendo has never been more on top of their game.
    2. Nintendo 64- Just look at the games. So many of Nintendo’s flagship franchises were either born or had arguably their best games on this system. Criminally underrated despite issues with cartridges and mediocre sales numbers.
    3. Xbox 360- Microsoft at its peak. Nice balance of new and returning IPs, refined online service, great popularity, and really launched video games into the modern era.
    4. PS3- Despite high price tag and relatively mediocre sales really was a beautiful system that maximized technology at the time. Holds up well today and really wonderful new IPs and modern classics.
    5. SNES- The pinnacle of 2D gaming and wildly popular. Took everything about the original NES and made it better. Only thing that holds it back for me through no fault of it’s own is the less robust options when it comes to game design/genre compared to modern standards.

  2. Being The Guardian, it can be safely assumed that every part of the list must be at least slightly incorrect.

    In all seriousness though, the list needs some kind of criteria for determining quality. Which is more important, having at least a sizable handful of 9’s or 10’s, or having a giant library of 7’s and 8’s? How about genre, lots of consoles in spite of high overall quality were very narrow in type of game available. Does that matter? Are we judging them based on their quality *at the time*, including pricing, or are we judging them in retrospect, with cheap access to every game on the platform via emulation?

    You can create the list you want depending on how you adjust the criteria of the list.

  3. Personal taste. That’s all it comes down to. I do think the SNES library has aged fantastically though. But despite only being 3 years into its life, the Switch is already my favorite. I haven’t touched my PS4 in a while. Kind of burnt out on cinematic games. Bloodborne is still one of my favs though.

  4. What a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE list!! PS4 only has like 5 exclusives rated 86 or higher after 7-8 years of its release… and yet its better than NES, Wii U, Switch, Wii….. ohh wait Wii U ISN’T EVEN ON THE LIST!!!!!!!

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