Ranking the Nintendo Launches from Worst to Greatest (IMO)

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Ah, young Salnax, it's obvious you are judging the launch of SNES through the lense of Wikipedia, and not as someone who actually experienced it. The system launched with SMW, F-Zero and Pilotwings, but for the next few months incredible new titles saw non-stop release. Before its first Christmas, SNES had:

-Super Castlevania 4
-Final Fantasy 4
-Super Gouls n' Ghosts
-Final Fight
-Sim City
-Gradius III
-Bases Loaded

...and many more. These are mostly exclusive or upgraded versions of these games and they were massive leaps over anything available on the market. There was no "launch games look like last-gen" talk. You put in F-Zero, you're mind was blown. You hear the music of FFIV or Castlevania IV and compare it to the bleeps and bloops of last gen or even the weak synthesizer of the Sega Genesis and it was like a whole new world.

The system was amazing, the games were many and impressive, the price was good and the system sold very well. It soon caught up to Genesis despite the 2-year head start. The launch was great with non-stop next-gen games, and they even had Zelda ready by April of the next year. Saying it was a poor launch is just uneducated.

Also, as stated above, the NES launched at a very expensive price. You're just wrong there. It also took a while to get going.

What time frame do you consider launch? Day 1 only, 1st week, month, 2 months etc.?

Well, if you are making the list about a games quality, variety and quantity, then it's pretty much a good list. Of a sales or market strategy point, I would probably rank the N64, GC and Wii U a bit lower and the NES at 1st since it was a genius move.

Tagging, will work on my list later.

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RolStoppable said:
1. Wii
2. NES
4. N64
5. Wii U
6. GC

Wii wins because it was fresh, had Zelda and Virtual Console. NES is a close second. SNES was just an evolutionary console, but it came with Mario, F-Zero and Pilotwings while the N64 had the more impressive Super Mario 64, but not much else for a long time. Wii U had Mario, but it all felt stale. GC lacked the big launch title.

1. GB
2. GBA
3. 3DS
4. DS
5. GBC

GB has this in the bag. GBA is the satisfactory evolution. 3DS lacked the big games. DS launch was weak. GBC underwhelmed.

The Virtual Boy was a failure all around from the get-go.

While not fully hating OPs lineup, I'd agree more with Rol's line-up here solely due to SNES being a better launch than OP gives it credit for.

NightDragon83 said:

Has Wii U even launched yet?

I often wonder this myself.

Either way, I fully agree with everyone who put Wii at #1, it had a great launch, Wii Sports and Zelda day 1... Plus everyone and their mom knew about it, the marketing was spot on (even though a bigger reason for its success may be word of mouth).


Well, I guess this depends on how you view a launch. To me it was always a launch period of roughly 3-4 months. It was not until the Dreamcast that a massive launch day happened, and in my view has not been matched since (not that it saved that system).

These are all through the lens of personal opinion.

To me, the Gamecube was the best Nintendo system launch I remember. I know Smash Brothers was a bit after launch (a month?) but that was all my friend sand I played that holiday season. The system was affordable, had several great games (remember that awesome Star Wars game?!) and was varied (Pikmin and Luigi). The only knock I had was no Mario game which was a tradition.

Next is the SNES. Maybe it is psychology, but $199 with a great game didn't seem like that much and the games blew my child mind. This was the future and remember Mario, Castlvania and Final Fantasy were near launch games.

Middle of the pack go to the NES and the Wii U, the former I don't remember as I was 1 and the latter was an average, but not spectacular launch.

Below average goes to N64. This is largely because Mario 64 did nothing for me and their was a massive drought after launch. I didn't get the appeal at all and was not until Zelda years later that I saw potential in the system.

Worst goes to the Wii for me. The biggest title was Zelda and I bought it on the Gamecube (still prefer that version to this day). Wii Sports was a bit of fun with a group, but I was never crazy about it. The whole system underwhelmed me and I found motion controls to be more frustrating than fun. I just felt disappointed in Nintendo with it.

These views on launches mirror my view on the systems as a whole

Tier 1: SNES, NES and Gamecube
Tier 2: Wii U (could move up or down)
Tier 3: N64 and Wii

Dunban67 said:
What time frame do you consider launch? Day 1 only, 1st week, month, 2 months etc.?

Just the first day on the market. Otherwise, I'd be ranking the SNES and GameCube higher and the N64 and Wii U lower.

I really like the SNES and its game library. If we were to count all of latter 1991 as the "launch window," then games like Final Fantasy 2/4, Final Fight, UN Squadron, Actraiser, and Super Castlevania 4 would have pushed it a bunch of spots ahead. And though I'm not as big a GameCube fan, if we were to include Pikmin and Super Smash Bros Melee as part of the launch lineup, it'd be ahead of the NES IMO. However, I was only counting launch day. And back during the SNES and GameCube launches, a lot of the biggest and best games came out weeks later.


And to everybody saying I got the NES price wrong... I'm not counting the 1985 limited release that only happened in New York City. From what I can find, a roughly $100 bundle with SMB was available by the time the NES launched nationwide in 1986.

Love and tolerate.

I stopped reading when I saw Snes in 11/12 position. Sorry