Video game consoles have come a long way. First starting with Atari’s PONG in 1972, a game where you just bounced a white dot back and forth, we now have hyper-realistic 3D graphics, online play, and virtual reality headsets. In 1972, it’s unlikely anyone could have imagined what video games would be like today. Throughout the past few decades, consoles have come and gone with great virtues and some even worse flaws. Some systems were great but flopped in the market, while others succeeded beyond everyone’s wildest expectations.So, how do these systems rank? You’re about to find out. Here are 25 Best Video Game Consoles Of All Time.
Despite being ultimately flawed and overhyped, the 3DO had a few unique things going for it in 1993. It was the first multi-media video game system, allowing to play audio, video, and pictures along with video games. It also utilized CDs and boasted a 32-bit system. But, its business model did it in. The company made the mistake of licensing out its hardware to other companies like Panasonic, Goldstar, and Sanyo. It’s high price tag for both the system and games didn’t help it either. However, it would certainly be a precursor to the systems to come.
The TurboGrafx-16 was created to counter the Nintendo Famicom in Japan and actually succeeded in outselling systems there until the Super Famicom. Unfortunately, it didn’t have the same luck in the United States. It was an instant flop when Sega released the Genesis. Still, it wasn’t so much a bad system as a badly timed system. Looking back, it had a good library of games and was a solid system all around; it just got snuffed out by bigger competition.
The Atari 7800 was actually a pretty good system, all things considered. It had 100% backward compatibility with the 2600 and for the first time allowed for high scores to be saved. It also had much better processing capabilities. But, the 1984 video game crash and bad management among the owners squashed any real chance it had. Once the Nintendo Entertainment System came out in 1986, it was game over.
In many ways, the Sega Saturn was Sega’s Atari Jaguar, which makes it even more ironic seeing as the Atari Jaguar scared then Sega President Hayao Nakayama. In retrospect, he should have been scared of Sony’s upcoming Playstation. Either way, the Sega Saturn was slated to release in the fall, but the company panicked and released it so early there wasn’t any marketing for it to build anticipation. Few retailers carried it, it had few games, and the price tag was way too high. Once Sony announced an even lower price tag, that was the last nail in the coffin.
Developed by Japanese video gaming company SNK, the Neo Geo took on a variety of forms but is most memorable for it’s AES (Advanced Entertainment System). At the time, the price was astronomical, making it a rare commodity. Still, hardcore gamers with money to spare shelled out the cash for SNK’s games. Despite a clunky controller the size of the system, Neo Geo had incredible graphics and sound. Today, the system is a retro-collector’s dream.