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Which is the most significant (important) console in history?

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Which is the most important console ever?

Atari 2600 119 6.86%
 
NES 806 46.48%
 
SNES 109 6.29%
 
Sega Genesis 25 1.44%
 
N64 54 3.11%
 
PSX 303 17.47%
 
XBox 14 0.81%
 
PS2 225 12.98%
 
XB360 20 1.15%
 
Other - please explain 59 3.40%
 
Total:1,734

By significant, I mean the one that had the most impact on the industry/hobby of gaming.   You may prefer the word important to significant.  The criteria are your own, of course.  Sales may or may not be part of that significance.  In the poll, I've included every system that I figure has any chance of being considered the most significant.  



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Ps1 or ps2



The NES, obviously.



I haven't voted yet. I'm torn between Atari 260, NES, and PSX.

Atari 2600 was the system that proved that a significant market existed for video games in the home.

NES was the system that made gaming ubiquitous.

PSX ushered in 3D graphics, and was the first significant console released by non-gaming focus company. Without the success of PSX, I doubt that we would have MS in the industry now. Without Sony and MS, the gaming world would be a really different place.



NES

any other console wouldn't even exist if it didn't save the gaming industry.



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monocle_layton said:
NES

any other console wouldn't even exist if it didn't save the gaming industry.

I agree with this statement.  However, the same logic could be applied to Atari - "Any other console wouldn't even exist, if Atari 2600 didn't create (prove the significance of?) the industry"



monocle_layton said:
NES

any other console wouldn't even exist if it didn't save the gaming industry.

I disagree. I don't think there's any chance gaming as a whole would have died forever, it's too big of a market, even back then. It would have just been very different (and maybe not as popular as it is today, but still exist).



nes

made games great again..



Tsubasa Ozora

Keiner kann ihn bremsen, keiner macht ihm was vor. Immer der richtige Schuss, immer zur richtigen Zeit. Superfussball, Fairer Fussball. Er ist unser Torschützenkönig und Held.

Nintendo brought back the video game industry  from the financial ruin and crappy quality it was in at the time with the NES and an iron fist. Then PS1 opened up the market for more people, developers and new types of games.



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NES & Game Boy.