Atari got its start in the seventies with arcade classics such as Pong, Tank, Centipede, and Asteroids. They then moved on to dominate the early home console industry with the Atari 2600, Atari 5200, and the Atari 7800. Lastly, Atari put out a handheld system called the Lynx as well as another home console by the name of Jaguar.
Odyssey 2 (1979 – 1983)
The Odyssey 2 was the only console to have a keyboard at the time and had The Voice: Addon module that gave it superior audio enhancements. The console also had a solid library of games that included the use of game boards. The Odyssey 2’s catalog was small but had great games like K.C. Munchin!, Quest for the Rings and Frogger.
Colecovision (1982 – 1984)
The Colecovision was known best for it’s high quality arcade ports, most notably, Donkey Kong. The Colecovision enjoyed other great classics like Gorf, Lady Bug, Omega Race and Burger Time. The Colecovision was unique in that it was the first console to use expansion modules in hopes of prolonging it’s lifespan. One of which was the Expansion Module #1, which gave the Colecovision the ability to play Atari 2600 games.
The Nintendo NES (1985-1995) broke in to the gaming community after the video game industry crash of 1983. With games like Super Mario Bros 3, The Legend of Zelda, Castlevania, Bubble Bobble, Tecmo Super Bowl, Ninja Gaiden and Mega Man, the NES cemented itself into the living rooms over 60 million consumers world wide.
Nintendo Gamecube (2001 – 2007)
Codenamed project ‘Dolphin’, the Gamecube was Nintendo’s first console to utilize discs. Also, the Gamecube was the American debut for amazing franchises such as Pikmin, Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem. The Legend of Zelda Windwaker, Mario Kart Double Dash and Custom Robo were among many great titles in the Gamecube library.
Nintendo Game Boy – Color – Advance
Nintendo DS – 3DS
Sega Master System (1986 – 1992)
The Sega Master System was home to the original Phantasy Star, a legendary RPG franchise. Other classic games for the Sega Master System include Alex Kidd, Shinobi, Rampage and Strider. With innovated 3D glasses and a superior light gun, the Sega Master System was a great step towards the Sega Genesis.
Sega Genesis (1989 – 1998)
Sega was at it’s peak with the Sega Genesis during the 16-bit era. With slogans like, “Sega Does What Nintendon’t” and “Blast Processing”, Sega achieved great success by targeting an older demographic and labeling Nintendo as ‘kiddie video gaming’. Because of the mature content of the games, the video game ratings system was implemented. A few classics for the Genesis are Sonic the Hedgehog, Road Rash, Splatterhouse 3, Mortal Kombat and Streets of Rage.
Sega Dreamcast – Saturn
Playstation 1 – 2 – 3
No other company has nearly as many amazing RPGs as Playstation does. The PS1 was defined by such classics as Suikoden, Final Fantasy VII, Star Ocean, Dragon Warrior VII and Parasite Eve. Not to mention other great games like Tomba!, Castlevania Symphony of the Night and my favorite, Resident Evil 2. PS2 went on to an equally impressive catalog of classics. The .hack series is prolific and Dragon Quest VIII is a masterpiece. And of course we can’t forget the God of War games.
Xbox -Xbox 360
If Xbox only made Halo games it would still be a great console. Like Mario defines Nintendo, so to does Halo define Xbox. Also, if you know anything about Xbox, you know that Star Wars Battlefront II is one of the greatest games of all time.
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