There's no system I love more than my Super Nintendo. To this day it's still hooked up and I still pop in a game from time to time. Though because I've had it for so long it's also a system that seems to work only when it wants to. You KNOW a game system has a certain appeal when you've got to start it up the same way Fonzie does a jukebox. No, seriously, that's how my SNES works. It's bitchin'! This is where some of my greatest love affairs with games was. I remember trumping through Contra III with my brother. I remember discovering the world of Super Mario World, the Secret of Mana and time traveling with Chrono Trigger (and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time). As far as I'm concerned the Super Nintendo era was the Golden Age of Gaming... and the BEST era of gaming.
See the full review, "A Great Old School System".
If you couldn't tell, I'm pretty old school. Although some are still on the fence about the Sony Playstation, I do remember my love affair here too. Just when I thought I might take a break from gaming, my brother and I picked up this thing in 1997 along with Final Fantasy VII... and my gaming world changed forever. Suddenly I was in love with gaming again. And my love affair didn't stop there. I remember uncovering Snake's past in Metal Gear Solid and exploring Dracula's castle in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (that will always be the BEST PSX game to me). I also remember exploring the mansion in Resident Evil... and escaping Raccoon City in Resident Evil 2. The Playstation is without a doubt one of the greatest systems ever made.
To neglect the original NES would almost be like telling people I'm not a gamer. If you're a gamer and you haven't played the NES then you're not a gamer at all... you're a poser. Most of us probably started around this time. And Super Mario Bros was probably one of our first. But beyond that some of the most beloved series of our time started on this console. Super Mario, Metroid and Zelda come to mind... but so do series like Final Fantasy, Castlevania and Contra. Gaming was changed forever by the NES. Much like my Super Nintendo, my NES is still hooked up... although if the Super Nintendo needs the touch of the Fonz the NES needs a Homer Simpson touch. You all remember blowing in cartridges, I'm sure. More than that, the NES is one of the systems responsible for what gaming is today...
If the Super Nintendo is on this list then I'd be stupid not to put the Gameboy Advance here. It was almost like reliving my childhood when I first got one and more. Not only could I play some of my favorite games in a whole new light (such as Final Fantasy IV and Super Mario World) but I could also enjoy games like Golden Sun and Castlevania: Circle of the Moon. I must've played my GBA more than my PS2... and that's really saying something. Speaking of Playstation 2.
How can you not enjoy the PS2? An RPGer without a PS2 is like a director making a movie without a camera. But more than that, the PS2 was a game that had something for EVERYONE. But I was mostly obsessed with the RPGs on the system. There was a near endless supply. But there were also a number of other fun games as well. From the stylish Devil May Cry to the Grand Theft Auto series, the PS2... had it all.
See the full review, "A Look Back At One of the Best Selling Video Game Consoles of All Time".
I was unsure of the DS's future. When it first came out it seemed so gimmicky. But after a year the developers finally got it down and realized that there's a lot of potential for the Nintendo DS. There are so many fantastic games. From the interactive storybook of Hotel Dusk to some pretty innovative games like Metroid Prime Hunters and the newly released Scribblenauts. In fact, you can check out trashcanman's awesome review of Scribblenauts here. The DS shows the potential of gaming, by showing us that big name graphics aren't the most important thing in the world... but that also gaming is about creativity as well.
In this current generation you can't get any better than the 360. I know, there's that RROD, but you can't deny the awesome amount of games. Much like the PS2, the 360 seems to have something for everyone in some way. It's an amazing system that has some games that show gaming isn't just about being pretty... but can be artful as well. Even games like Halo 3 are much more than just a pretty face. And XBOX Live has changed the way we play games by allowing us to go online with no hassles. Granted the first XBOX did this, but the 360 makes online gaming simple and fun.
See the full review, "Fantastic Games and Improvments in the System Keep Coming (3.5 of 5)".
Is the PS3 a good system? When developers really take advantage of it, yes. When games come out on the 360 and PS3... go with the 360 version. But when a PS3 exclusive comes around? You can really see the potential. Games like Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Valkyria Chronicles keep me optimistic of the consoles future. It's a pretty amazing system, if you can find enough exclusives to keep you happy.
See the full review, "A Great Console For the Most Part".
The Sega "forgotten" Dreamcast. I finally picked one up after it had been out for a while. There weren't many games only because the console didn't get to have much of a life. But you better believe that the Dreamcast is probably the one system that made a lot of things possible.. including breath taking graphics and internet gameplay. I still remember Phantasy Star Online and games such as Grandia II and Soul Calibur. These were fun games. It's too bad the Dreamcast didn't live that long. But within it's short life it still had some pretty good games.
Ah, the Nintendo 64. I had some good times with you... then I got that Playstation and did something stupid like... you know, put you away in that box in the attic. And you would've stayed there had it not been for The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time! Then again, that's not to say there weren't other fun games. Goldeneye is the first which comes to mind, but there were also games like Perfect Dark and Super Mario 64. Games which I still love. While the Playstation has way better games, some of what you find on the N64 is pretty amazing.
The Gameboy. Remember that? The giant paper weight? Okay that's a lie. It wasn't a paper weight. It was a brick. Why, I still remember knocking my brother out by throwing my Gameboy at him to keep him from discovering his Christmas gifts. Okay, I made that part up. But when I finally got over the black and white nature of it, I did grow to enjoy the games. When the Gameboy Color came around things only got better (seeing color on a Gameboy used to be a big deal). I still have fond Gameboy Memories. There is, of course, Super Mario Land. There's also those Zelda games and the often forgotten Metal Gear Solid on the Gameboy Advance. It's amazing, really. The Gameboy lasted for a long time.
I enjoyed the Sega Genesis. The only reason you see it all the way down here is because it was unfortunate enough to have to be compared to the Super Nintendo. The Sega Genesis did have some good games out there (Besides Sonic). There were games like Shinobi and Vectorman. And who could forget Gunstar Heroes? For RPGers, there was Shining Force. Although in truth... if you wanted an RPG you had to go with the SNES.
Yes, the Wii is here. But let me explain. When the Wii gets its biannual good game, it's pretty good (although I still get critical because it still seems like only Nintendo can make a good game for their system and it's been three years now!). While the Wii Remote may seem a bit like a gimmick, there actually are some games worth a try on the Wii. Super Mario Galaxy is still good despite that it's Mario. But so are games like Metroid Prime 3. Even Boom Blox can be fun. It's a good system for multiplayer games. I'm not really taken in by the Hardcore Gamer versus the Casual Gamer thing. I just know that there are some nice touches on the Wii. I just wish we could get beyond talking about potential.
See the full review, "Innovative... and yet we're still only talking about "Potential"".
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