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Five Game Consoles to Play Before You Die!

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The following five game consoles in our humble opinion should be added to your bucket list. These silicon chipped monsters are the most awesome machines ever released for gamers and we are here to tell you why these are worth playing!

When trying to decide between five of the best video-game consoles in history, one would have to look at several factors. Firstly, the consoles have to have a very strong track record for their time. Secondly we would see how fondly they are remembered today. Another would be the memorable games that were released on the platform. Finally, they were chosen for the impact each of these had on the gaming impact so is still felt today. 

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have yet to complete a year in their life-cycle so it is still too early to consider them in the list. However, in terms of performance and better track record, the PS4 has had a fantastic launch and has done relatively better than Xbox One. But could they replace any of the five consoles below in around five years from now?

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1.     Nintendo Entertainment System

Nintendo’s first attempt at a major console release arrived in the form of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) back in the mid-80s. It was based on their Japanese Famicom or Family Computer console. The NES and Super Mario Bros. took the world by storm. Mario would become a Nintendo mascot and drive the sales of the console all the way into the 90s due to the success of all three Mario games. Notable titles include Contra, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid and Duck Hunt.

2.     Sega Genesis/Mega Drive

Sega decided to take on the NES  by offering a 16-bit console titled ‘Genesis’ in North America and ‘Mega Drive’ in the rest of the world. Just like Nintendo cashed in on Mario, Sega did on their new mascot ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’. Sonic was incredibly fast and his jump attacks would take out his foes except those with spikes. Sonic 2 introduced ‘Tails the Fox’. The Genesis boasted ‘blast processing’ technology and would aggressively compete with the Super Nintendo (SNES). It is regarded as one of Sega’s best consoles because of their innovation.

3.     Sony PlayStation

Sony and Nintendo were supposed to work on a CD-ROM add-on to the SNES. Things apparently did not work out and the PlayStation was born to usher in a new 32-bit era of 3D graphics and polygons. Sony Computer Entertainment had now joined the console war. Crash Bandicoot, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy VII and WWF SmackDown were some of the best known titles on the consoles. Optical discs would now be the main delivery medium for games replacing cartridges.

4.     PlayStation 2

Sony knew the PlayStation brand could become their cash cow and with the next PlayStation 2, they came, saw and dominated the industry for a good decade. Housed with a DVD player, the PS2 was able to appeal not to just gamers but film enthusiasts moving the console to an all-round entertainment unit. It holds the record for the biggest selling game console of all time, and was able to last into the lifetime of the PlayStation 3 as well. The Metal Gear Solid series, God of War series, Gran Turismo series, WWE Smackdown Here Comes the Pain, Devil May Cry series and Need for Speed Underground 1 and 2, NFS Most Wanted are some of the best-known titles.

5.     Nintendo Wii

Nintendo’s Wii came at a time when its rivals Microsoft and Sony had introduced powerful, high-definition and graphical powerhouses in the Xbox 360 and PS3 respectively. Nintendo adopted a more simplified approach that harkened back to its roots as a family entertainment system. Keeping the graphics in Standard Definition, it introduced the revolutionary Wii-Mote, a remote that would send signals to an infra-red sensor that would allow it to become a light saber, baseball bat, golf club and even a bowling ball. It also came with nifty peripherals like a steering wheel for Mario Cart games. The Wii would dominate the market against its more superior rivals upon launch. However, Sony and Microsoft would launch their own motion-control devices in Move and Kinect respectively. Even Nintendo’s Wii U has been unable to re-capture the success of its predecessor.

 So which ones do you plan on experiencing before the inevitable?


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