Nearly every member here on GD has a PC gaming rig associated with their account, but I think most of us at one point or another have loved our time with certain consoles. If you’re anything like me then the appeal of consoles comes and goes depending on what unique aspects they bring to the table, and it’s always been fascinating to see what can be done with a pure gaming device.
Right now we’d knee deep into the so-called ‘eighth’ generation of consoles, a lineage stretching right back from the Pong-toting Magnavox Odyssey in 1972, right on up to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Over the years there’s been dozens and dozens of consoles, and there’s usually one out there that holds a special place in someone’s heart.
I don’t know about you but back in the day it seemed there was a little bit more magic involved. All of the big players had totally different products, and a game on one might be impossible to produce on another. It’s what lead to titanic battles like SEGA vs Nintendo, and later Nintendo vs Sony. Just as Sony was showing off Final Fantasy VII and it’s incredible soundtrack and pre-rendered cutscenes only possible with a CD-based format, Nintendo rocked up with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and blew the world away.
Anyway, I digress. As you may have guessed the Nintendo 64 is my favourite console of all time. It almost inarguably had a lesser lineup than the SNES before it, but the best games truly were great. 3D Mario and 3D Zelda were absolute standouts, while Rare were hitting their absolute prime with GoldenEye, Diddy Kong Racing and Banjo Kazooie. That said, the gaming droughts were like nothing I've known since. I mean, it launched with just two games. That's just crazy when you think about it.
Over to you then, what’s your most fondly remembered games console of all time? Which has the greatest catalogue of games? Let us know!