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View Poll Results: Which is the best Nintendo Console?
NES 3 8.82%
SNES 4 11.76%
N64 11 32.35%
GCN 0 0%
Wii 16 47.06%
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Old 01-09-2009, 01:12 AM   #1
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Question What is the best Nintendo Console?

Nintendo have been a power in the video game industry for nearing 25 years. They have seen 2D classics in the NES, an RPG fetish in the SNES, 3D Brilliance in N64, the best SSB in the GameCube and pure awesomeness in the Wii. So which is your favourtie?

For me, it's the N64. The quality of games, and the quantity of quality games is truly amazing. And I have a soft spot for cartridges, they look so cool.

Here's how I decided:

I made a collection of genres and sub-genres and looked at which game was the best of that genre.

Then I looked at top 10 lists of different sources and different years, seeing which consoles hosted the most popular games.

Finally, I looked at the consoles themselves and how they fared in console wars against other consoles of the time.

Although I'm trying to be as un-biased as possible, here are my results:


Category 1: Best game of each genre

Action-Adventure: Legend of Zelda:Ocarina of time
Fighting: Super Smash Bros Melee
FPS: Goldeneye 007
2D shooter: Super Metroid
Party: Mario Party 3
2D Platformer: Super Mario Bros 3
3D Platformer: Super Mario 64
Puzzle: Tetris
Racing: Mario Kart 64 (imo)
RPG: Pokemon Gold & Silver (if not handheld it is Mario RPG imo)
Sport: Madden 07

If I assume that all Nintendo consoles have had a version of tetris, then It goes like this:

N64: 6
SNES: 3
GCN/NES/Wii: 2

Category 2: Top 10 lists
According to the people at filibustercartoons.com, who have collected top 10 lists from the leading gaming magazines and internet sites on both sides of the pacific and Atlantic over the course of 13 years. According to the overall results, the 8 most popular games , which are ranked against non-Nintendo console games also, go as so:

Games are ranked on how many lists they appear in
1st: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (22 out of 32 lists)
2nd: Super Mario 64 (20 out of 32 lists)
3rd: Tetris (19 out of 32 lists)
4th: Legend of Zelda: A link to the past (17 out of 32 lists)
5th: Goldeneye 007 (14 out of 32 lists)
6th: Super Metroid/Super Mario Bros (10 out of 32 lists)
8th: Final Fantasy III/VI (9 out of 32 lists)

It's also worth noting that apart from Street Fighter II, which appeared 5th equal with Goldeneye, and another ff game that appears after FF6,this is the actual list.

Assuming a version of Tetris appears on all consoles, here is the score:

N64/SNES: 4
NES: 2
GCN/Wii: 1

Console Wars:

NES was superior to the Master System in terms of games, market dominance and fun. It gets 3 points.

The SNES was superior to the Genesis in terms of market superiority, fun and, to an extend, games. It was more advanced than the Genesis as a console. It gets 4 points.

The N64 vs PS1 saga is debated. The games and fun factor depend on your likes/dislikes, and the n64 was a better console, but the ps1 had more market superiority. As this is entirely dependent on opinion, I give the n64 3 points, so to split the opinion 50/50.

The GCN was only superior as a console to half of the competition. It had a smaller library of games, and although fun can be disputed,the gcn was no mach against he XBOX and PS2. I give it a partly 1 point.

The Wii appeals to a wider audience. It has a large library of fun games, and you can play older games via download. It also has a great market dominance. It can also play all GCN games. I give it 7 points.

Overall score:
1st: N64 on 13 points
2nd: SNES on 11 points
3rd: Wii on 10 points
4th: NES on 7 points
5th: GCN on 4 points

And there you go. The N64 wins. Even when you include the Wii's technical superiority and make Super Mario Galaxy the best 3D platformer, the N64 wins. Goes to show that great game design does not age.

Think I'm wrong? Post and lets see!
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3. The range of games is pretty good.
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As far as software goes, it's certainly the Wii. However, my favorite controller belongs to the N64, and my favorite software library belongs to the SNES.
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If it was about technology i'd go for wii, but to be honest there was more core nintendo games on the GC and N64. But on the wii we just get "Wii music: Act like a nob in your living room" and "Mario party 8: Isn't it time we stopped making these?" I'm not saying its ALL rubbish on the wii, just alot of it, over 2008 there was only MKwii, brawl and AC that were proper nintendo games for the wii. Sure theres plenty of 3rd party games on the wii, but thats not what counts, alot of 3rd party games play better on ps3/360, people get the wii for exclusives. And we haven't had much decent ones.
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