I see a lot of lists of the "best/most importand videogames", but not that much in relation to the "best/most important consoles".
I've read one list recently, which I can't find at the moment, but nevertheless, I thought I'd ask you guys.
Which consoles had a major impact on the way we look at videogames, and changed things for everything that followed.
In no particular order, I'd say:
After the videogame crash of the early 80's, I guess you could say it relaunched videogaming!?
Surely it has the highest concentration of quality games of any console (OK, perhaps not compared to the Neo-Geo, but when you're paying £200+ a cart, you expect a game to be good).
In addition, Nintendo squeezed more and more out of this console as time went by.
Who would have dreamed that you'd see games like Killer Instinct, Donkey Kong Country, Doom and Starwing, when the console first launched.
Not only the first console to break the 100,000,000 units marker, and in doing so truly bringing videogames to the masses, but the first console to really manage realistic 3D environments (surely you can't compare Atari Jaguar/3DO games to the likes of Ridge Racer?).
It introduced original and often ground-breaking franchises such as Resident Evil, Tome Raider, Parappa the Rapper, Silent Hill, Tekken, Metal Gear Solid (ok, this harks back to the 80's, but it was the first MG game in 3D), Gran Turismo.
In addition, it pretty much managed to outlive the N64 which was released like two-years after it.
Also, given that it had practically zero first party software experience, the fact that it managed to host so many amazing games is a feat in itself.
It may be too early too tell, but I'm putting this in here purely for the fact that it shunned the numbers games that Sony and Microsoft were playing, as Nintendo knew they obviously couldn't win it, and instead did what they do best and went on to innovate, and introduced a new level of interaction in their games.
Like Sony did with the PS1, it seems to have attracted interest from people who would not normally have been interested in playing videogames.
What do you think?
Edited by white-zombie, 05 July 2009 - 10:06 AM.