Metalhead Ned’s Favorite Video Game Consoles of All Time [List]
I knew that the time would come where I would have to list my favorite video game consoles of all time.
I spend a lot of my time on WGRD.com writing about video games and heavy metal.
I will say that I spend more time writing about video games though, because I love them. I love everything about video games. However, in order to play these game, you need to have the hardware.
What game consoles in my opinion were the best though?
I have considered this game console to be my 'Favorite Game Console of All Time,' and it still is.
With games like Super Mario RPG, Final Fantasy III, Super Castlevania VI, Mega Man X, Super Punch-Out, Super Mario World, SUPER FREAKIN' METROID...the list goes on. It's no wonder this game console is still considered the best of the best.
It was such an insane upgrade from the NES, it just dazzled me as a kid. The music processor was amazing, the graphics floored me, and the variety of games was insane.
I still own my original SNES to this day, and continue to play it all of the time. When people come over to play video games, I always do my best to convince them to play the SNES, because I know that I will have a lot of fun.
At some point in your video game life, you'll eventually play online, and Xbox 360 was my first ever experience with that.
Even though it had a lot of issues when initially released, I played my Xbox 360 so much that I had to send it to Microsoft about 4 times to get it fixed for RROD (Red Ring of Death) and Disc Tray errors.
It wasn't until the Xbox 360 that my 'gamer life' had to have a definition and I asked myself for the first time, "Which console should I get?" This was the first game console that if I didn't have friends who had it, this game console would have flat lined for me. The online capability was very important for me at this time.
Games like Halo, Crackdown, Left 4 Dead, and my system seller Gears of War sold me on this game console. This was my first ever HD video game console, even though I didn't own an HD television, the games still looked amazing.
I still play my Xbox 360 from time to time as it is still my go-to HD gaming console to play online with friends.
When everyone was going the Playstation route, I stuck with my old pal Nintendo.
I was still pretty young when the Nintendo 64 came out and I loved this game console. It really spoke to my young mind while all the older kids were playing the new sleek and stylish Playstation, my brother was that guy.
Games like Super Mario 64, Wave Race 64, Super Smash. Bros, Harvest Moon 64, and my favorite video game of all time Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time captured my imaginative mind and took me for a ride.
This was the first game console that I felt separated me from everyone else, making me wonder if there is connection to where I began a sense of independence. Ok, maybe that's a little deep.
I remember sitting in my room at night just playing Zelda in a dark room, exploring dungeons in the glow of my TV. Being so immersed in the experience that I felt like I was truly exploring the world of Hyrule myself.
If I want to feel 'nostalgic,' the Nintendo 64 is my go-to console.
No backlit screen, small, no battery indicator...how could this be a favorite console?
The Game Boy Pocket was my first ever portable game console. I remember the reason that I even got one was because the long trek that my family was going to make when we were thinking about movie to California. Even though we didn't move there, I finally owned a Game Boy!
However, I never really owned a lot of games for it. I mostly played other peoples games like Super Mario Land, Wario Land, and more. But I didn't really get into my Game Boy until a little known game arrived where you captured little monsters in a red & white ball...Pokemon.
If you knew me as a kid, chances are you would see me with a lamp angled just right so I could see my Game Boy screen better playing Pokemon. I brought my Game Boy to school, traded with friends, talked about it. It was awesome!
The Game Boy Pocket had a better and larger screen from its predecessor, battery life was amazing, and it fit in my pocket. What more could I ask for?
The only downfall, without a battery indicator, your game could randomly shut off before you saved it.
Even though I stuck with Nintendo 64 during this era, I couldn't help but notice the games being played by my brother. Even though the games looked blocky, I couldn't but notice how 'bad ass' the games were. They seemed a lot cooler than the kiddie games of Nintendo 64.
Games like Twisted Metal, Resident Evil, Tekken, Parasite Eve, pulled you into the Playstation and made you feel like you were driving motorcycles, getting hot chicks, and drinking beer. It was just the 'cool' game console.
What pulled me into this game console though? Final Fantasy.
These games were so much more in depth than what I could get on Nintendo 64. Sure, I love Zelda: Ocarina of Time, but the experience, story lines, and Full Motion Video sequences are things you could never ignore. Plus, some games were over 3-disc long! You really felt like you were getting 'bang for the buck' and everything seemed a lot more quality.
While many people wonder what was the last 'classic' gaming console. I would say it ended with the Playstation.
Here is when my Nintendo Fan Boy-ism comes out.
While there is some amazing things going on in the Playstation 4 & Xbox One, I still prefer Nintendo's WiiU overall.
It's been over a year since the new HD consoles have come out, and there still isn't a game that defines those console. There isn't a system seller! However with WiiU, there are some amazing games available for the game console.
Super Smash Bros. WiiU, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 8, etc. Sure, a lot of these games are the same old thing, but they have drastic improvements that make it feel like a whole new experience.
This was also the 2nd generation of ignorance, where people don't even try to play the WiiU and automatically assume that it 'sucks.'
Why do I enjoy this console so much? Because of the variety of games and the Nintendo community.
Nowadays, when I play game, I don't care to be yelled at or judged online because of how I play a game. I just want to play a game and have fun. With the WiiU, I can do just that.
I was one of the fortunate kids in the neighborhood to own both a Super Nintendo and a Sega Genesis, how cool was I right?
Like the Playstation and Nintendo 64, this was the 'cool' game console of this generation. I think when it was out, I purely wanted the game console just for Sonic the Hedgehog.
Games like Sonic, Comix Zone, ToeJam & Earl, were all games that were fun, but still didn't reach out to my like the Super Nintendo did. Leaving our Sega Genesis to collect dust unless we rented a game from Family Video.
I put this console on the list because of how well the console has held up over the years. Playing 4 player NBA Jam is one of the funnest experiences that you can have when you have a party with friends. Recently my friends and I had a 2 year marathon with the goal of beating Jurassic Park on Genesis.
This system has strangely brought my friends together in a unique way that all of the other consoles try to do, but we seem to have the most fun when we play Sega Genesis.
Last but certainly not least is the Nintendo Entertainment System.
I'll never forget the first time this game console was brought into my life, but I have shared that story a few times here on WGRD.com
Credited as my first ever video game console, this gray box sat next to my television and was rarely ever turned off.
Games like the historical Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda, Contra, Mega Man, Final Fantasy...the list could go on for an eternity. This is where gaming as you know it all started.
While it is not my favorite game console of all time, it will always be a favorite. If I am trying to burn time or really just have nothing to do, I will play a round of Super Mario Bros. Heck, even on all of my newer Nintendo game consoles, I have purchased a digital download of Super Mario Bros. so I can get my NES fix whenever I need too.
I can't find anything I do not like about this game console, it's just pure fun. Which is all Nintendo really cared about in the end anyway.