April 19, 2011
To me it is beyond a doubt the Super Famicom and the Playstation. The Super Famicom (well, in Japan it was the Super Famicom, here it's the Super Nintendo) had things like superior sound quality at the time and gave us some of the finest steps forward in gaming. From games that gave us fully voiced cutscenes (such as what you see in Tales of Phantasia and Star Ocean, both not released in America for... odd reasons) as well as giving us a pivotal step forward in terms of graphics with games such as Donkey Kong Country or the original Star Fox. They look primitive now, but back then this was a whoa factor. I understand the war between Nintendo and Sega but to me the Super Nintendo had the edge by 1: Giving us a controller design that has more or less been copied over and over again just adding on a button or two here and there. And 2: Giving us games that, for the most part carried on over to the Playstation. Games such as Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI, Star Ocean, Tales of Phantasia and even others such as Super Mario World were world changers in their day.
For the Playstation it's easy: Disc Based formatting. Or, at least showing us that it freakin' works. With the Playstation developers were able to experiment far more at that point because it was cheaper to develop on a disc and you could expand your game further by actually being able to make a game span multiple discs (rather than shelling out the extra money to make a special cartridge) and it was cheaper for gamers as it reduced the price to buy games. Sure it sounds like something small, but it WAS rumored that Square was going to have to charge over $100 for a copy of Final Fantasy VII had they kept it on that system and not moved it over to the Playstation (the price is a rumor but it's pretty well known FFVII was orignally selected to be an N64 title).
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November 05, 2010
I would have to say the Super Nintendo. I remember being blown away by the drastic improvements in graphics and hardware from Nintendo to Super Nintendo. Not only that but all the games have so much replay value and I always find myself playing A Link to the Past, Chrono Trigger and even Street Fighter II every once in a while. And not to mention the nostalgia factor =P
The way I think of it is, if I could only have 1 video game system for the rest of my life, I would pick SNES. Wouldn't even think twice about it =)
November 05, 2010
For me it's either the Atari 2600
, the Sega Genesis
or the Playstation
. All three of these systems had specific games which pushed the envelope and helped to progress the video game medium. For a list of the games which I speak of, see this list
April 20, 2011
Since it was one of the first and led the way for so many more, I have to say "Space Invaders". I loved it