Video Games: A Look at the Top 5 Consoles Ever Created
It may be hard to believe these days, but video game consoles were at one point the go-to and standard way to play video games. For a good chunk of my life, I’ve been a PC gamer, even to this day. But back when I was a kid, I always wanted the latest console on the market. I just was never able to get my hands on one.
Regardless, I’ve always been able to play on consoles here and there through friends and family. As, largely, a PC gamer, I can’t definitively say which consoles were the best ever, but I have a lot of fond memories with some that make them special to me. This is all just my opinion based on experiences I’ve had with every console I’ve had the privilege to play. So, I’m sure your list will greatly differ from this one. There were so many great consoles released over the years, but here are my top five.
5. Super Nintendo Entertainment System
The two games I remember the most on Super Nintendo was Megaman X and Street Fighter II. I eventually got Megaman X on PC but Street Fighter II was a different story. I don’t know which iteration of Street Fighter II it was though. So, storytime. One time at daycare I got to sit down and play someone in a game of Street Fighter II. I had no idea what I was doing. The entire time I was playing I just stared down at my controller and button-mashed my way to victory. I wasn’t even looking at the TV! I could hear the other kids were amazed at how well I was doing though. From that moment on, fighting games became my favorite genre because I thought I was good at them. Turns out I suck at them, but moments like that, I think, are the essence of console gaming.
4. Nintendo 64
The earliest console I have the most memories with. My cousin owned a 64 when we were kids, and it was the main reason I would get excited to head over to his house whenever I could. His catalog of games was pretty limited though. It consisted of some pretty obscure games like Paper Boy and Rocket: Robot on Wheels. Two games we rarely played. He also owned some really memorable ones too though like Rayman 2: The Great Escape, F-Zero X and Lego Racers. Strangely enough, he didn’t own games like Super Smash Bros. or Super Mario 64. Thus, I never even knew about Smash or 3D Mario games until the Gamecube. Still though, playing what little games he did have on the 64 are still memories I’d never trade for anything.
3. Nintendo Gamecube
My fondest memories of the Gamecube come in high school. The days I spent at a friend’s house after school playing Mario Kart Double Dash and Super Smash Bros. Melee are innumerable. At this point, I’m pretty sure every kid becomes addicted to Smash at least once in their life. I was so into Melee, I even got into emulating it. I would even hit up local game stores that sported stations that you could play consoles at just to play Melee if they had a Gamecube. My cousin that had the 64 eventually got a Gamecube as well and we played a lot of Dragonball Z: Budokai and Luigi’s Mansion. The Gamecube also probably has the best design of any home console, in my opinion. It’s sleek, compact, came in different colors and has a weird but solid controller that’s still one of Nintendo’s best controllers ever.
I wanted an Xbox essentially for the same reason I wanted a Gamecube. I just wanted a game console period, okay? A friend of mine who lived down the street from me when we were kids had an Xbox and going down to his house was just as exciting as going to my cousin’s. Again, his selection of games was pretty limited. The game we played the most together was Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon. I’m not really into FPS games these days. I only play a few of them, but I remember sinking a lot of hours into the co-op mode of this game with my friend. We also played the demo of Burnout: Revenge a lot too. He had it on one of those little demo discs. Those were simpler times.
1. Xbox 360
The first console I ever owned. That’s something you can’t really take away from anyone. I still have my 360 to this day. I don’t play it much because the disc drive is busted but I still fire it up every now and again, just to play some of the games I have digital copies of. The list of games I played on it is endless. Tomb Raider, Grand Theft Auto 5 and one of my favorite games of all-time: Bayonetta, just to name a few. Not to mention all the games I got to play through Xbox Live’s Games with Gold service. The 360 was the perfect console for me at the perfect time. Not to mention its god-like controller, which is still practically a PC standard to this day for any game that plays better with a pad.
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