All These Classic Mini Consoles With Pre-loaded Games Need To Stop!!!

Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of re-releasing old consoles in a miniature form for all the people who missed them. But most of them are quite pointless since you can get most of these games on every system for the last 2 generations, except for the upcoming Sega Genesis Classic. But even that, there have been so many Genesis collections that it is completely redundant.

Why not, instead, do these video game companies just release a dedicated mini console that has nothing preloaded on it at all? Instead just let it have an internet connection to something like the PlayStation Store or Nintendo eShop where games of that console can be purchased for cheap. Instead of being forced to have 20-30 games, why not give gamers a huge selection, ideally eventually getting the whole libraries of these systems on there. Yes, I know that is an unrealistic amount of work, but it’s better than releasing the same classic games over and over again on every new console, scamming people into buying them multiple times.

Imagine just buying a cheap NES Classic with no games. You plug it in, hook it up to the internet, search for a game you want, and bam! it is there. Now you have the liberty of searching for every game that ever came out on the system, and you have it forever. If these companies continued to support these mini consoles, then there would be no need to re-release these games every few years on different consoles.

It would be great to buy an SNES classic with nothing preloaded onto it, because I have almost every game on the classic. Instead of buying games I already own, I can search for the games I missed and play them on a dedicated SNES platform where I can digitally buy any SNES game ever made.

Right now I am at the mercy of what has been ported to Wii and Wii U, or else finding a very old copy on eBay or a very expensive copy.

Just think of these companies as physically re-releasing these consoles all over again, and now you have the ability to buy any and all the games you desire, on a system that is capable of running with today’s technology. And if possible, have it able to play all the old cartridges and disks from the original system, which would mean compromising the “mini” part to an extent, but oh well, that’s something we are not really worried about I would venture to say.

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My Top 10 3DS Games

I enjoy looking at top 10 lists, especially when they involve video games and such. It got me wondering what my top “whatever” are, so here I am, looking into my top 10 favorite Nintendo 3DS games. By my count, I have 68 3DS games, but of those 68, I have only played 45 of them, the rest are on my backlog. So of those 45 games, let’s see what my 10 favorite are.

#10

new super mario bros 2New Super Mario Bros 2

 Nintendo

2012

 

This game took an interesting take on the New Super Mario Bros series, the focus being on collecting tons upon tons of coins, even including a few new power ups and items to help you. On top of that, it is a really great platformer that far surpasses the first New Super Mario Bros game for DS.

#9

mario and luigi dream teamMario & Luigi: Dream Team

Alphadream Corporation/Nintendo

2013

The fourth game in the unique RPG series is just as hilarious, creative and bizarre as the others. Mario has to jump into Luigi’s dreams to rescue some pillow people, and in the real world, the bros have their own mission to complete. The battle system is as fun as ever, with some really cool and creative attacks, especially in the dream world. A great game for the 3DS library.

#8

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Mario Kart 7

Retro Studios/Nintendo

2011

 

The first numbered game in the Mario Kart series is also the first game to incorporate gliding and underwater driving, two nice additions. Tons of new and old tracks, carts, characters and other customization options make this the first handheld Mario Kart game that feels like a home console game.

#7

PaperMarioStickerStar3DSBoxartFinalPaper Mario: Sticker Star

Intelligent Systems/Nintendo

2012

 

The first handheld Paper Mario game takes the series back to it’s roots, sort of, well actually not. It’s back to turn based action in any case. It now has a world map like Super Mario World, no doubt to cater to the quick, on the go play style of handheld games. To attack, you must collect stickers of all shapes and sizes, learning to balance the small, weak ones with the huge, powerful ones, for only so many can fit in your sticker book. You get more pages as the game progresses though. This makes for a lot of fun, and some of the stickers are very creative and entertaining. The only negative thing I can think of is this is one of those games that you never know where the heck you are going, and some of the puzzles are near impossible to figure out.

The 3D visuals for this style of graphics is remarkable as well. Paper Mario is a game that should never be played without 3D. Unfortunately this will likely be the only game to ever be graced with such wonders.

#6

yoshi_new_islandYoshi’s New Island

Arzest/Nintendo

2014

 

Am I living in the 90’s again? This game feels and plays exactly like Yoshi’s Island for SNES. And that…is a wonderful, wonderful thing. There is some new additions to the gameplay, differentiating it, but keeping the core mechanics the same. It is truly a great sequel to a masterpiece. The only thing bad about it is the name.

#5

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Banpresto/Namco Bandai Games

2013

 

All your favorite Sega, Capcom, and Namco-Bandai characters coming together to save the world (or worlds)? And with a side of countless scantily clad women and big bouncing boobs? How could you ever go wrong? Combine those exciting elements with  great grid based RPG gameplay and you can’t at all. This game is fantastic in nearly every way. It also provides around 50 hours of gameplay, so prepare to immerse yourself in something amazing!

#4

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The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Nintendo

2013

I was surprised how good this game was. It is a sequel to the beloved Link to the Past, and does everything that game did right and added it’s own unique twists as well, such as the ability to traverse the dungeons in any order and turning into some painting figure. The game is a complete masterpiece, just like its predecessor.

#3

ocarina_3d_finalThe Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D

Grezzo/Nintendo

2011

 

What do you get when you take one of the best games of all time and update it? Well, an updated version of one of the best games of all time, plus it’s now in the palm of your hand! With improved controls via the touchscreen and gyro sensors, along with updated visuals and other changes, Ocarina of Time has never looked or played so well.

#2

kingdom hearts 3dKingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

Square Enix

2012

 

This game plays just like all the other great Kingdom Hearts games, but this time you get to switch between Sora and Riku while they each progress through their own separate campaigns. The game features tons of new worlds, enemies and allies, and a new fighting mechanic known as flow motion. And story wise, this game is one of the best in the series, mainly because it finally answers all the questions that you might have had from all the other games and finalizes everything out and leaves only one unopened door. That door being the long awaited Kingdom Hearts 3. Everything else has been settled and the game ends with setting the scene for the third and most likely final game in this specific story arc.

#1

smash 3dsSuper Smash Bros for 3DS

Bandai Namco Games/Nintendo

2014

 

The fourth entry in the series proves to be the best, thanks to its huge and diverse roster of characters and stages. It is also a wonderful thing to have Smash in your pocket for whenever you wish to play it.

There are a ton of collectibles and trophies. The newest idea, and probably the worst, is the inclusion of somewhat different special moves for every original character, which is nice if that was something you were hoping to mess around with. The trouble is they are so tedious to collect. You will likely get the same ones 10 times over before getting one you don’t have. Aside from that, it’s the Smash Bros gameplay we all know and love. And to me, it’s all about the fighting, so the more characters and stages, the better the games. Who cares about all that single player fuzz? Though there is certainly a ton of it if that’s your thing.

This is the first Smash Bros game to include DLC as well. There are multiple characters and stages available, and countless Mii costumes, so the fun never stops.

There you have it, my favorite games in the 3Ds library, with Smash Bros being my favorite. Thanks for reading!

 

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The Console Wars: The Ultimate Winner

Well I can’t think of anything fun to make a console war about, so I guess it is finally time to end my Console War series. Today I will be simply adding up all the place numbers for each console throughout every one of my posts in the series. Then I will rank them from highest number to lowest number, the lowest number meaning the best ranked sum. So like golf basically.

This is no game, this will really see what is the greatest console of all time, as far as being ranked by abstract things are concerned anyway.  I will be writing a number after each console name. This number reflects its total score from all the other wars I’ve done.Well here they are, the 22 biggest consoles ever made, in ranking order from worst to best.

#22 Atari 5200-94

Top 10 Appearances-0

Best Rank-12th

Worst Rank-21st

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This is the worst console ever, but only out of the best 22, so that’s at least one good thing to say about it. It’s name was ranked 19th, controller 21st, appearance 21st, game 21st, and price 12th.

#21 Atari 2600-83

Top 10 Appearances-1

Best Rank-8th

Worst Rank-22nd

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The oldest console on the list. It’s name ranked 15th, controller 19th, appearance 22nd, game 19th, and price 8th.

#20 Atari 7800-80

Top 10 Appearances-1 (Price Champion)

Best Rank-1st

Worst Rank-21st

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Rough time for Atari, though it’s age and the market of video games during that age make these consoles really not stand a chance compared to today. It’s name ranked 21st, controller 20th, appearance 18th, game 20th and price 1st. Let’s hear it for the lowest priced console! That is something this one should be proud of!

#19 Sega Saturn-69

Top 10 Appearances-1

Best Rank-8th

Worst Rank-20th

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Widely considered Sega’s biggest failure. It’s name ranked 8th, controller 13th, appearance 10th, game 18th and price 20th.

#18 Atari Jaguar-66

Top 10 Appearances-1

Best Rank-9th

Worst Rank-22nd

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Atari’s last console and highest ranked console. It’s name ranked 9th, controller 22nd, appearance 11th, game 13th and price 11th.

#17 Sega Master System-63

Top 10 Appearances-2

Best Rank-7th

Worst Rank-17th

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Sega’s first console. It’s named ranked 7th, controller 17th, appearance 16th, game 14th and price 9th.

#16 Xbox One-62

Top 10 Appearances-2

Best Rank-3rd

Worst Rank-21st

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Microsoft’s latest console is the first to appear on this list, just one point ahead of the SMS. It’s name is ranked 16th, controller 7th, appearance 3rd, game 15th, and price 21st.

#15 PlayStation-61

Top 10 Appearances-2 (Name Champion)

Best Rank-1st

Worst Rank-20th

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Sony’s first console is the first to appear on the list, just one point ahead of the XB1. Close competition! It’s name ranked 1st, controller 15th, appearance 20th, game 9th, and price 16th.

The next two consoles are tied. I will instead choose their rankings by how many top 10 appearances they’ve had, the one with more getting a better spot on this list obviously.

#14 PlayStation 2-60

Top 10 Appearances-1

Best Rank-7th

Worst Rank-15th

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Following right after its big brother, the PS2’s name ranked 12th, controller 11th, appearance 15th, game 7th and price 15th.

#13 Nintendo Entertainment System-60

Top 10 Appearances-2

Best Rank-4th

Worst Rank-17th

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Just barely scraping the 13th spot after the PS2 is Nintendo’s first major console and first on this list. The NES’ name ranked 4th, controller 16th, appearance 17th, game 16th and price 7th. It’s 2 top 10 ranks over the PS2’s 1 give it the better spot.

#12 PlayStation 4-55

Top 10 Appearances-3

Best Rank-3rd

Worst Rank-20th

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Sony’s latest console’s total score breaks the close 1 point difference cycle that seemed to develop for the last few consoles. It’s name ranked 20th, controller 5th, appearance 8th, game 3rd and price 19th.

The next three consoles are tied. I ranked them by most top 10 appearances.

#11 Sega Genesis-54

Top 10 Appearances-2

Best Rank-2nd

Worst Rank-18th

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Sega’s second console is the third to appear on the list so far. It only beat the next ranked console in two wars out of the five, which is why it is the worst ranked out of the three. It’s name ranked 5th, controller 18th, appearance 12th, game 17th, and price 2nd.

 

#10 PlayStation 3-54

Top 10 Appearances-3 (Appearance Champion)

Best Rank-1st

Worst Rank-22nd

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Sony’s third console ranks highest out of it’s four, the PS3 just beating it’s younger brother by 1 point. It’s name ranked 17th, controller 10th, appearance 1st, game 4th, and price 22nd.

#9 Super Nintendo Entertainment System-54

Top 10 Appearances-4

Best Rank-6th

Worst Rank-19th

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Nintendo’s second console is the second to appear on this list. It’s name is ranked 10th, controller 9th, appearance 19th, game 10th and price 6th. The fact that it appeared in the top 10 four out of the five wars gets it the highest rank out of the three tied consoles.

#8 Wii U-51

Top 10 Appearances-3 (Controller Champion)

Best Rank-1st

Worst Rank-22nd

 

 

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Nintendo’s soon to be replaced sixth console is the third of seven to appear on this list. It’s named ranked 22nd, controller 1st, appearance 5th, game 6th, and price 17th.

#7 Nintendo 64-48

Top 10 Appearances-2

Best Rank-2nd

Worst Rank-14th

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Nintendo’s third console is the fourth of seven to appear. It’s name ranked 14th, controller 14th, appearance 13th, game 2nd, and price 5th.

The next three consoles are again tied. I ranked them by top 10 appearances, but numbers 5 and 4 tied with those, so I ranked them by which console placed better in each of the 5 wars.

#6 Nintendo Switch-47

Top 10 Appearances-2

Best Rank-3rd

Worst Rank-13th

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Pretty darn good for a console that isn’t even out yet. This tied with the next two consoles, but had the least amount of top 10 appearances, thus the lowest rank. It’s name ranked 11th, controller 3rd, appearance 9th, game 11th, and price 13th.

#5 Xbox 360-47

Top 10 Appearances-3 (Game Champion)

Best Rank-1st

Worst Rank-18th

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Microsoft’s sophomore console is the second to appear on this list. It’s name ranked 13th, controller 8th, appearance 7th, game 1st and price 18th. This console had more top 10 appearances than the Switch, but tied with the next console on the list. The 360 received a worse ranking because the next console ranked higher in 3 out of 5 of the wars.

#4 Dreamcast-47

Top 10 Appearances-3

Best Rank-3rd

Worst Rank-22nd

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Sega’s final console was considered ahead of its time. It’s very impressive rank on this list might prove it. It’s name ranked 3rd, controller 4th, appearance 14th, game 22nd, and price 4th. It tied with Switch and 360, but had more top 10 appearances than Switch, and beat 360 in 3 out of the 5 wars.

#3 Xbox-46

Top 10 Appearances-3

Best Rank-6th

Worst Rank-14th

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Just managing to scrape the top 3 is Microsoft’s first console. It’s name ranked 6th, controller 12th, appearance 6th, game 8th and price 14th.

#2 Wii-44

Top 10 Appearances-3

Best Rank-2nd

Worst Rank-18th

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Nintendo’s fifth console takes the number 2 spot! It’s name ranked 18th, controller 2nd, appearance 2nd, game 12th, and price 10th.

 

AND THE BEST CONSOLE OF ALL TIME IS…

#1 Gamecube-20

Top 10 Appearances-5

Best Rank-2nd

Worst Rank-6th

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The Gamecube doesn’t just win, but it wins by a mile! It’s total score is less than half of second place. It’s name ranked 2nd, controller 6th, appearance 4th, game 5th, and price 3rd.

 

 

There you have it! The best 22 consoles ever made have clashed 5 times, and these are the results! The true champions have emerged!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Console Wars: Prices

For the past few weeks, I have been creating the ultimate Console War, pitting all the big consoles from all the big names in multiple fights against one another in “out of the norm” ways. Check out the intense war so far here via the links.

This week I shall be ranking the mighty consoles by their original release price. After all, pricing is super important when considering buying a console. Things get a little murky due to inflation and all that, but I will focus on the price it was when it released at that time, and only will I factor in inflation when there is a tie.

I will be using American retail prices.

All Nintendo consoles are in red text, Atari in orange, Sony in black, Sega in blue, and Microsoft in green

Let us begin.

#22 PlayStation 3- $499-$599

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This console had a ludicrous price. $499 for a 20 GB system, or for another $100, you could get 60 GB. It’s high price led to very poor sales for the first few years of it’s life. It came with Motor Storm though, a sub par racing game.

I waited until many years later to get my PS3, a 200 GB slim version for just $300. Companies do like to rip us off initially, don’t they?

#21 Xbox One- $499

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This is another huge price tag. Though everyone was expecting it to be this price, and it came with the Kinect, so I guess it was an okay price. But still, it’s high cost deterred a lot of people from buying it.

#20 Sega Saturn-$399

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I don’t know what Sega was thinking. I don’t remember when this even came out, like the late 90’s I think. Never has anything cost this much before. This was a huge price for the time. I guess the company was overly desperate to make money. This console didn’t do so well, and the price probably had a lot to do with it. This was just another bad decision in a long string of them that unfortunately led to Sega’s downfall.

Now seeing as this is not the only console with a $399 cost, it is ranked the lowest due to its inflation, which would mean it would cost $630.58 today. Plus it was just such a ludicrous price.

#19 PlayStation 4-$399

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For a console of this generation in the modern market, its price isn’t too horrible, especially since everyone thought it would be higher. But it seems Sony learned from their mistakes with the PS3. Still a high priced item in my opinion.

With inflation, this system would now cost $412.52, making it less expensive than the Saturn. But for a nearly brand new system, that increase is rather depressing to see.

#18 Xbox 360- $299-$399

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This console had two versions. The more expensive one came with a 20 GB hard drive, while the cheaper didn’t have one at all. That’s a hefty difference for such a small amount of space. But it’s lower price helped put it way ahead of the PS3.

#17 Wii U-$299-$349

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Though this console was cheaper than it’s two competitors, it did not help with its sales. The cheaper version of the console was colored white and came with an 8 GB memory.

The more expensive  was black and came with 32 GB of memory and the game Nintendo Land, which was sold separately for $60. Compared to other consoles on this list, they give you a lot more, for a lot less when it comes to the less expensive vs. more expensive versions.

#16 PlayStation-$299

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This was a high price point for 1995, but compared to the Saturn, it looked reasonable. Still, I am shocked it sold as well as it did. With inflation, this console would cost $472.54.

#15 PlayStation 2-$299

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Wow what a great box…Anyway, the PS2 was released at the same price as it’s predecessor…not bad for a significantly better console. With inflation, it would cost $418.21 today.

#14 Xbox-$299

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The same price as PS1 and 2, but with inflation, it would cost $406.63. For a brand new company entering the market, I would say the price was a bit high, though it was on par with PS2.

#13 Nintendo Switch-$250-$300

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This is a shady one, as it has not come out yet. Though many rumors and a European site posting it for preorder suggest the price to be around here. The higher price is rumored to come bundled with a game. This certainly seems around the price for a Nintendo console, so it is not hard to believe.

#12 Atari 5200-$269

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This was really expensive for 1982…like really expensive. I guess Atari thought they could get away with it after the success of the 2600.

#11 Jaguar-$249

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This was a pretty high price for 1993, though for what the console could do, it was fair enough. Today, this sucker would cost $440.33.

#10 Wii-$249

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This price was ridiculously lower than it’s two competitors, and gave me hope that consoles have not all reached ridiculous prices. It’s significantly lower price most likely attributed to it’s high sales. With inflation, it would cost $297.48. It also came with Wii Sports.

#9 Sega Master System-$200

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About what you would expect for a price at the time of its release.

#8 Atari 2600-$199

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And so begins the long line of $199 consoles. Atari sort of set the bar with this price. Nowadays, it would cost $790.92. F$#k inflation.

#7 Nintendo Entertainment System-$199

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Next up is the NES, it’s price inflated to$445.44. For the price, the game also came with Super Mario Bros.

#6 Super Nintendo Entertainment System-$199

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This game came packaged with Super Mario World. Today it would cost $351.91.

#5 Nintendo 64-$199

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This was the cheapest of its generation. Today it would cost $305.48.

#4 Dreamcast-$199

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This was a great price in a market full of rising prices. It would cost us $287.69 now though.

#3 Gamecube-$199

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This is the last of the $199 consoles. It is the newest of these, thus inflation hasn’t had as much time to work it’s dark magic on it. It would be $270.64 right now.

#2 Sega Genesis-$189

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This console stayed under in price just a bit from the SNES, but it didn’t come with a game, so it was actually a lesser value overall. But not for this list!

#1 Atari 7800-$139

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And here it is, the cheapest console on this list, and the cheapest console ever made really…as far as cartridge loading, multi-game consoles are concerned. I guess the company realized they really flobbed up with the pricing of the 5200 and sought to remedy it with this extremely low price. Whatever the reason, it has earned it the number one spot in this war.

But let’s see who the true winner is, the company with the most in the top 10!

Microsoft and Sony have come up short with 0 for each of them…serves em right, those money grabbing jerk bubbles!

Atari comes in next with 2 in the top 10.

Sega is the runner up with 3.

Nintendo leads the pack again with 5. Not hard to do when you have double the consoles than all the other companies, but still. They are earning their wins nonetheless. Thank you Nintendo for always looking out for our wallets!

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The Console Wars: Appearances

I’ve already pitted the biggest companies in gaming against their names and controllers. Now it is time to do battle against the physical appearance of the consoles, in my on going “Console Wars” series to see what company did what best by looking at obscure things and not sales. So let’s find out who makes the prettiest consoles. Looks aren’t everything, but in this post, they are.

Note that I am only looking at the original models that were released for each console.

Fun fact- All Nintendo consoles are in red text, Atari in orange, Sony in black, Sega in blue, and Microsoft in green…Yeehaw!

#22 Atari 2600

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This is an ugly box with a bunch of switches. To be fair, it’s style sort of matched old TVs from back when this was made. But today, it is not at all visually appealing.

#21 Atari 5200

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While this is much better looking than it’s predecessor, it was still a giant hunk of ugly.

#20 PlayStation

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I’m guessing Nintendo designed this before dropping their partnership with Sony. It has the same ugly grey color as Nintendo’s first two consoles. I really hate how this console looks. It just appears so cheap and meager.

#19 Super Nintendo Entertainment System

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This is what I was talking about with PlayStation. It is another ugly grey console. Though this has purple switches to break the monotony, but they somehow make it even more ugly.

#18 Atari 7800

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This is quite a simple look, yet it looks much better than any console on the list so far. It just gets its point across, while not doing anything too fancy.

#17 Nintendo Entertainment System

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This is another ugly console, but it’s interesting box look and simple set up bring a strange charm to the whole thing.

 

#16 Sega Master System

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This is a nice, sleek black color, with a unique design. While I wouldn’t call this console exactly pretty, it still is neat looking.

#15 PlayStation 2

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This console is so large and ugly. The only thing that saves it is it’s black color and the cool “PS2” coloring on top. Otherwise, it’s shape was so terrible and it took up half your living room it was so big.

#14 Dreamcast

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Did Nintendo design this too? We are back with the ugly grey, but other than that, it’s got an okay design.

#13 Nintendo 64

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Finally Nintendo drops the grey color and makes this significantly better looking system. It’s shape color, button and controller layout make it simple yet pleasing.

 

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This has a nice black finish to it. It is great looking console.

 

#11 Jaguar

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This takes the good old grey color and darkens it to a cool and unique shade. The shape of the console is pretty sweet too.

#10 Sega Saturn

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This is just an awesome, solid black rectangular prism, and it is just amazing.

#9 Nintendo Switch

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I am always reminded of a boom box when I see this picture. It is no doubt a unique look, and a good one at that.

#8 PlayStation 4

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Sleek black looks always seem to look better when it comes to consoles. This one is no exception. I don’t love the shiny left side/old looking right side combo though.

#7 Xbox 360

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Here is another unique looking console, and much more futuristic than anything we’ve seen so far. I just don’t love the white.

#6 Xbox

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This console looks awesome. Everything about it just catches your eye and makes you say “I want to play that thing.” The Xbox is an appropriate name for it.

#5 Wii U

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They do it right with this console. A nice, shiny black finish coupled with a nice thin console makes this one beauty of a console. It just is a bit too long for my tastes.

#4 Gamecube

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The only thing better than a black console is an indigo one. The Gamecube is just awesome looking. It’s a simple design and puts everything you need right in front of you. It even has a handle for ease of carrying! Such a great console!

#3 Xbox 1

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Though I have never seen one of these in real life, they look awesome with the contrasting “X-ish” design and black and lighter black coloring. The complete lack of buttons polishes it up a lot too.

#2 Wii

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This is a gorgeous console. It’s shiny white finish paired with it’s tiny body make this a sweet looking console, especially when that blue light flashes on it.

#1 PlayStation 3

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And here we have the best looking console ever made! This picture does not do it justice however. The original PS3 was just a beautiful shiny black surface with a disk drive. Whether you stood it up or laid it down, it looked great. The only downside to this console was it’s rather large size.

And there they all are, ranked from worst to best. Sony takes its second first place finish, which is fabulous, but as before, the real winner is the company with the most in the top 10.

In last place we have Atari with 0 consoles in the top 10…better luck next time!

Sega comes in fourth with one console!

Sony takes third with two!

Microsoft takes second place with three consoles! That’s right, all three of Microsoft’s consoles made it into the top 7! That is an honorable feat!

But taking first, we have Nintendo scraping out a win with four consoles, making it their second victory in the console wars!

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The Console Wars: Controllers

Continuing on with what I guess is now a mini-series of the Console Wars, but focusing on different areas than normal. I am using only the biggest names in gaming history, and most of their consoles, creating a big all out war, instead of just one generation. Last week the consoles battled it out for best names. This time we will see which consoles had the best controllers. As always, they will be ranked from worst to best in my opinion, and I am only judging based on the controller that comes packaged with the original system. Here we go!!!

Fun fact- All Nintendo consoles are in red text, Atari in orange, Sony in black, Sega in blue, and Microsoft in green…Smashing!

#22 Atari Jaguar

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Take note, I have never played a Jaguar or held the controller.

Just look at this thing. It’s got three oddly placed red buttons that make it seem like you have to lay three fingers flat on the controller to play it effectively, the two middle buttons (pause and options) are just crammed in there, consistent with the whole flat palm playing. The D-pad is just like every other controller, so there’s a win. But what really blows my mind is this large hunk of junk attached to the bottom of the controller. Look at all those number buttons!! What am I supposed to do with those!? Is it so you can play the games from older systems that used numbers? Yikes! What a mess! The whole thing looks uncomfortable and awkward.

#21 Atari 5200

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Note that I have never used this controller before or held it, or even have seen it in real life.

It’s pretty sad when this thing isn’t at the lowest spot. I mean, how do you regress from this? It’s like the world’s first cell phone with a joystick attached to where you would hold it up to your ear. I mean damn…what would you play on this thing? I actually have seen it in action. There are cards you put over the number pad for specific games, thus the cards instruct you what each number does, but that sounds horrible and stupid. They should have just cut off the numbers and use the joystick with the two red side buttons.

#20 Atari 7800

Note that I wasn’t sure which was the original, but I’m going to guess the one on the left. I have never played a 7800 or used these controllers.

Either one, they are both pretty bad. Well, the left one is definitely a huge step up from the 5200, and looks like it would play Atari games quite well, it just looks like it would be awkward and uncomfortable to use.

The one on the right is like the beginning stage of the Jaguar. It even confirms my suspicions on having to play with your hand flat on the controller, as evidenced by the neato finger indentations. There’s a weird joystick/d-pad hybrid that looks like it would fail to justly perform as either.

#19 Atari 2600

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And here we are with yet another Atari controller. They are sort of at a disadvantage due to the time period that Atari was popular, where you didn’t need much to a controller, and they basically had the task of inventing controllers for home consoles that played multiple games. That being said, they still could have done a better job, though this is their best controller by far. A simple button and a joystick is all you need to play 2600 games and it worked fairly well, though it got fairly uncomfortable to play after a while.

#18 Sega Genesis

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This controller had a flawless D-pad and was comfortable to hold. The only problem I had with this controller was the three right buttons. Having them lined up made some games awkward and hard to play, because you really couldn’t hit more than one at a time. This is almost okay though, because most games only required the use of one button. In some games all three buttons did the same thing, while other games the B and C buttons did very minor things. When compared to it’s competition, this controller was terrible.

#17 Sega Master System

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This controller had a pretty unique D-pad for the time, though it always wasn’t very precise. I loved how you simply had buttons 1 and 2. It was easy to hold and easy to play with, much more so than it’s successor.

#16 Nintendo Entertainment System

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This controller is nearly identical to it’s SMS competition. What makes this one better though is the inclusion of start and select buttons and a more pronounced and accurate D-pad.

#15 PlayStation

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The best way to describe this controller is bony. I guess because it’s a grey-white color and thin. It is a comfortable controller and the first controller to introduce 2 buttons on each shoulder. The D-Pad was also made into four separate buttons instead of actually being a…well…pad. This had its advantages and disadvantages. This was the first console to introduce button names with shapes rather than numbers or letters, though I never really liked the D-pad style layout of said buttons, though it is still comfortable and easy to play.

#14 Nintendo 64

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This is a weird looking controller, filled with a ton of buttons. At the time of it’s release, it was easily the most comfortable controller ever made. But I never really liked the layout all that much. The C buttons always seemed out of reach with the exception of down-c, and if you held the controller by the center…prong?…the D-pad and L-button were useless. Though the Z button hiding in the back basically replaced L. What was cool about the controller is you could hold it from each edge and use the D-pad instead of the joystick, but I don’t recall ever playing a game that required you to play like that, so the whole controller seemed bigger than it needed to be.

#13 Sega Saturn

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I have only played a Saturn once, like 20 years ago or so, so I don’t recall how it feels to hold it, but it looks comfortable enough. It is basically just an updated version of the Genesis controller, featuring a slimmer look and more buttons.They are laid out slightly more angular this time around, so it looks like you could hit two buttons at once if you needed to. Though it still looks like you would never use the X, Y, Z buttons.

#12 Xbox

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Look at this thing…it looks like a land mine. I remember hating this controller because it was so big and fat and uncomfortable. The only reason it is on this list this high is because it had plenty of buttons and you used them all quite frequently. Though I don’t recall the weird black and white buttons ever doing anything. The four main buttons were laid out great, for ease of playing. Two analog sticks and a D-pad really complete this controller. Now if it could just slim down…

#11 PlayStation 2

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This is exactly like the first PlayStation controller, but black and has an analog button that never did anything and two more than welcome analog sticks. It still wasn’t the most comfortable controller, but it got the job done.

#10 PlayStation 3

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Sony being as creative as ever, this controller is basically the same as the PS2’s, except it has a “home” button that actually does something and the L2 and R2 buttons are more like triggers. I hated that change at first, but I grew to love it, so that I can’t stand playing with a PS2 controller now. Oh yeah, this one is wireless, and is charged by plugging it into the system. Awesome. I think the controller is slightly slimmer and reformed to make it a bit more comfortable as well. Oh and I almost forgot! This has motion controls added that were only really utilized in the very early PS3 games.

#9 Super Nintendo Entertainment System

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This controller took the world by storm with it’s many buttons. In addition to the A and B buttons from the NES, they are joined by X and Y. I always wondered why it wasn’t C and D. But one day I noticed…A, B, X, Y. They are all the same letters as all the fighter ships in the original Star Wars trilogy. A Wing, B Wing, etc…Was Nintendo giving a nod to this mighty franchise? Anyway, we were also given shoulder buttons for the first time, which was a nice addition.

The layout of the A-Y buttons allowed you to comfortably and easily press two at a time, and three if you threw in another finger, or bent your index the right way. Anyone who played the Mega Man X series and constantly held down the charge button (Y) and always used dash to move (A) all the while jumping (B) knows what I’m talking about.

It was a relatively comfortable controller, but it seemed a bit frail. It certainly blew away the Genesis controller in their rivalry.

#8 Xbox 360

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This is the original Xbox controller on a diet. Microsoft trimmed down all the hugely unnecessary fluff and came out with a great controller. All the buttons are close and easy to reach, it fits nicely in your hand, and it was the first wireless controller to come packaged with a console.

#7 Xbox One

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I have never played or even seen an Xbox One, but this controller just looks like it took everything that made the 360 controller great and improved slightly on it. The analogs look perfect, as does the D-pad. Everything is placed quite wonderfully, not to mention it is a gorgeous controller that looks very comfortable.

#6 Gamecube

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This is without a doubt the most famous controller in history, for it is still in production two console generations after its own. That’s how strong its popularity is. It is, in my opinion, the most comfortable controller ever made. Your hand just seems to fold around it. The L and R buttons are indented so that your fingers like melt into them. Everything is easy to reach, and it’s very easy to multi-task due to the layout of the buttons. But comfort isn’t everything, so that is why I have this wonderful controller at number 6.

#5  PlayStation 4

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This is a weird controller. It feels more comfortable than the rest in the PlayStation family, yet at the same time, more uncomfortable. The analog sticks give you more grip, but they feel so unnatural and different. The D-Pad and right shape buttons are easier to press and seem smaller for some reason. The shoulder buttons are different once again, sort of a hybrid between PS2 and PS3’s shoulders. Overall, it’s not my favorite controller at all, but the trackpad innovation sets it apart from most of the other controllers. I haven’t spent too much time on my PS4, but some games make somewhat clever use of it. In any case, it is strangely satisfying to swipe your finger across it, even if it’s only to flick a switch or something in a game. This too has motion controls, that have been used cleverly in games such as Infamous: Second Son.

#4 Dreamcast

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The Dreamcast was a very advanced console, and that includes it’s controller. It wasn’t the most comfortable controller, and it didn’t have too many buttons, though there are some shoulders hiding. But this controller was crazy, though honestly I haven’t played a Dreamcast in a very long time and never really fully understood what it did. It had a screen that did nothing in any game I played, but you could plug something into its back and it did all sorts of things that consoles would not start doing for another whole generation. It was a unique and interesting controller, but I couldn’t understand it, and neither could anyone else. That is why it failed.

#3 Nintendo Switch

This thing is crazy. Obviously this isn’t even out yet, so I can’t say much on how comfortable it is, though it doesn’t look all that pleasing to the hand (at least the left picture anyway). Though Nintendo always makes shockingly comfortable controllers so I am not worried. The amazing thing about this controller is you can remove the left and right lighter grey pieces from the picture on the left, and then use each segment as a controller on its own for multiplayer, or slide them onto the screen as pictured on the right to take your game on the go, or even set that nifty little screen on the stand built into the back and use the two controller segments without attaching them to anything. . It’s so clever I could poop.

#2 Wii

 

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This was another clever and extremely comfortable controller by Nintendo. Some games you just used the Wii Remote, (right device) for motion controller primary gaming. Other games had you using the remote held on its side, so it was sort of like playing an advanced NES controller. Finally, you could plug the nunchuk, (left device) into the bottom of the remote for more advanced play. The nunchuk adds a few more buttons and is also able to use motion controls. To makes thing even better, again your hand seemed to naturally mold into the controller, making it almost pleasing to hold. It was definitely a unique set up that allowed for truly unique gaming.

#1 Wii U

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And here we have it, the best controller ever made. Despite it’s large size, it is really quite comfortable, and features an abundance of buttons. It has a microphone that has various functions, even some in-game ones. That weird rectangle in the left is some scanner for amiibo, and best of all is the TV button, which basically turns your controller into a remote control for your TV, which is honestly one of the best things that’s ever happened to a controller.

The best thing about this controller is the big screen in the middle. It is a touchpad, which adds some fun to games, and also makes it very easy to use the system’s other various applications. But best of all, the screen meant that there were now two screens for the game to use instead of 1. The possibilities for games just lifted to a whole new level. For the first few games, it was truly awesome some of the things they were using the gamepad for, but popularity for the system never took off, and developers didn’t want to spend extra resources developing for a system that wouldn’t sell their games, so many games just used it to mirror what was on your TV screen. I was devastated. This controller has so much potential, and gamers and developers alike failed to realize that.

The other great thing about the screen is you could play your games off the TV. So when my wife wants to watch something stupid, I can just switch the game to the gamepad and play there. It was truly a great idea.

And with that, Nintendo takes the top spot! But as I did with the Console Wars: Names, I feel the company with the most consoles in the top 10 is the true winner.

The results are in and here are our places…

Atari is in last with 0 consoles in the top 10

Sega is in fourth with 1!

Microsoft and Sony tie for runner up with 2 each.

That leaves Nintendo with a whopping 5 controllers in the top 10. They even hold the top 3! Nintendo is clearly the best, and certainly most unique/creative controller makers!

 

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The Console Wars: Names

I have been thinking back on all the names video game consoles have had, and I have been completely underwhelmed with nearly all of them. So, I thought it would be fun to rank them from worst to best. As there are quite a few consoles, I am only going to list the big brands that have popped up over the decades, Atari, Nintendo, Sega, Sony and Microsoft and only their main home consoles. Nevertheless, there are plenty to talk about, so let’s go!

Fun fact- All Nintendo consoles are in red text, Atari in orange, Sony in black, Sega in blue, and Microsoft in green…How fun!

#22 Wii U Image result for wii u

I remember when they first started talking about this console, but before they announced the name, I was thrilled to stop having to call Nintendo’s most current console “Wii.” Imagine my disappointment when they revealed another letter to an already horrible name… Though the name does serve a purpose, implying “we all can play,” or “you can play.” It still is terrible, and the worst name on this list.

#21 Atari 7800

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What the heck Atari? This isn’t even remotely easy to say. 9 syllables the way I say it. Who wants to puke that out? Wii U at least is super fast and easy to say. I guess 7800 is where Atari draw the line with these weird numbers. The Atari 10400 for their next console would just be too much. This name was probably why the console did very poorly.

#20 PlayStation 4

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Really? PS4? You guys are so lazy that you just keep adding numbers to your system names? While this saves on confusing everyone I guess, making it well known that this is an updated system, but crikey it just makes their systems seem so less exciting. Instead of a new system, you always feel like you are getting a really expensive update on something you already spent a ton of money on, and the games are all useless now though. Even the controllers are always more or less the same, as well as the central theme of each system. The worst part is, it’s too late to go back, they have to keep numbering them. It would just be stupid now to stop numbering them. I can’t wait for PlayStation 12!

#19 Atari 5200

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This is just a mouthful to say. I don’t know why they doubled the numbers from their last poorly named system. Was everything double the power, double the fun?

#18 Wii

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This means “we all can play.” It was a clever name I guess, representing the central theme of what the console was all about, but it took me like a year to get used to saying, “Hey guys, let’s go to my house and play my Wii!”

#17 PlayStation 3

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I already said how lazy Sony was with the PS4 name, but when this came out, I lost all hope of them trying to be a bit creative, so by the time PS4 came out, nobody was surprised by the name.

#16 Xbox One

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First they jump to a very high number, then they regress back all the way to the number 1? I guess it is supposed to mean something like “all of your entertainment rolled into one” since it does so much cool stuff. But jeez, between this, Wii U and PS4, it is by far the worst named console generation of all time.

#15 Atari 2600

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We all wonder what these numbers mean. Little did we know that this was only the beginning of long nonsensical names for Atari.

#14 Nintendo 64

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Now this is a lazy name if I ever saw one, (next to all the PlayStation consoles besides the first). The only reason this is this high on the list is because it was a smart marketing idea when this came out back in 1996 during the whole “bit wars” era. Sega and Nintendo fans clashed about bits all the time, so to name a console after how many bits it had was pretty genius, so kids could rub it in Sega fans faces.

#13 Xbox 360

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What the heck does that mean? Does it imply gaming has come full circle? If so, how? Was it HD graphics? The only circle I recall from this console is the “red ring of death.”

#12 PlayStation 2

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Okay, as we get into the top 12, I can say these are all good names. PlayStation 2 was an okay name, hence it being number 12 in the top 12. It just let everyone know the successor to the hugely popular PlayStation had come to town. PS2 also had the advantage of being unable to drive the numbering consoles thing into the ground.

#11 Nintendo Switch

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The name makes sense, since you can basically switch from playing on the TV to playing it outside like a handheld in a flash, but I just feel like it’s kind of a lazy name. Though since it is original and doesn’t have any weird numbers or letters after it, it gets a fairly high ranking.

#10 Super Nintendo Entertainment System

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Talk about long names. Luckily SNES or Super Nintendo were enough for people to realize what you were talking about. After the NES changed gaming forever, when something new came out with the same name, but with “Super” in front of it, it really was impressive, not to mention crapping your own pants exciting. Even now, “Super” sounds so much cooler than if it was just called NES 2. It really made you feel like you were playing with power.

#9 Atari Jaguar

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This is an interesting name. Why is it named after a menacing cat? I have no idea, but after all the other names in the Atari family tree, this one is awesome especially because this would have been the Atari 10,400. There was even a handheld aptly named “Lynx,” to continue the cat theme.

#8 Sega Saturn

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This is obviously named after a planet, and I don’t know why, but it’s just an awesome name. When you say “Sega Saturn,” it just flows so nicely. The canceled “Sega Neptune” was a really cool name too. Kind of makes me wish someone else would name a console after a planet, or a handheld called the “Pluto!”

#7 Sega Master System

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This is a good name, telling everyone who the boss is, though it does come across rather cocky, but it had the games to back it up.

#6 Xbox

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This console was a box with an X on it, so it was named as such. Pretty simple stuff. I don’t know what the X means though…but it is a cool name for a gaming console anyway.

#5 Sega Genesis

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Genesis is defined as “an origin, creation or beginning.” This would have been a great name for Sega’s first console, but hey, it’s still awesome. It ushered in 16-bit gaming and started one of the best console wars of all time. So I guess it grew into it’s name.

#4 Nintendo Entertainment System

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It’s name was somewhat self explanatory. It was a system that brought you entertainment, much more so than anything seen so far at the point of its release.

#3 Sega Dreamcast

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I love this name. I don’t know why, I don’t know what they are implying, but it is awesome nonetheless. It was so far ahead of its time that perhaps it felt like the system “cast you into a dream.”

#2 GameCube

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This is the most bad ass name in gaming history. It is a cube (though technically a rectangular prism) and plays games and is named as such. Can’t get more to the point than that. Plus it is oddly fun to say.

#1 PlayStation

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And here is the best named console of all time. The PlayStation is just like GameCube’s blunt name, it’s a station you play on, but this just sounded cooler. The word station makes you feel like you are not just limited to the console itself, but instead it draws in everything around you somehow. It’s a very colorful word I guess, at least in my mind! It’s not as bad ass as the GameCube, but it’s more of an awe inspiring name.

So there you have it. If the consoles were to have a war for best names, Sony take best name, but I would say the true winner would have to have the most names in the top 10.

So in last place would be Microsoft, Sony and Atari with 1 console each in the top ten.

Nintendo is the runner up with three names.

Sega comes in first with four! That’s right, of the four consoles they have on this list, every single one of them made it into the top 8!

Sega congratulations, you win the Console Name War!

Come check out next week, when the Console War will move on to controllers!

 

 

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