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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

The NES

That being said the crash of 83 really only affected North America in Japan console sales really weren't affected by it. The NES actually launched there on July 15 1983. In Europe the majority of gamers played their games on PC's instead of consoles and the crash didn't affect PC gaming in Europe.



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Chris Hu said:
The NES

That being said the crash of 83 really only affected North America in Japan console sales really weren't affected by it. The NES actually launched there on July 15 1983. In Europe the majority of gamers played their games on PC's instead of consoles and the crash didn't affect PC gaming in Europe.

Good point. Who knows what would have happened if PC games filled that vacuum instead of Nintendo. Though I'd argue that without Nintendo, Japanese games and developers (maybe even anime?) wouldn't have been as popular or successful in the 80s or 90s in the west. 



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PS1 or PS2. Saved the gaming market and third party devs.



Magnavox Odyssey.

This list will be pointless if there are no console to begin with.



A handheld gamer only (for now).

Nintendo Entertainment System



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Playstation and Xbox 360 created the modern gaming landscape as we know it. So I guess those where the most important for the way we game these days.



Please excuse my (probally) poor grammar

1. NES (Basicly shaping the industry as we know it, both on a business level and technology level)
2. Wii (Introduced gaming to a whole new market, changed gaming from being for nerds, to being for everybody. Gaming on smart devices might not exist to the extent it does today, had it not been for the Wii and DS. Introduced new types of experiences for gaming)
3. Gameboy (Created the handheld market)
4. Nintendo DS (Did the same as the Wii. Introduced touch screen for handheld gaming)
5. Sony Playstation (Had a big influence on the industry as a whole and the types of games we see today)
6. Atari 2600 (Introduced a lot of things to the gaming industry, though I don't think it's impact was as lasting as for some of the others)
7. Microsoft Xbox (Set the blueprint for the hardware architechture we see in current consoles, attracted PC-only developers to consoles and made the first truly successful online service)
8. Sega Genesis (Influenced the marketing stragegies of the industry a lot)
9. Nintendo 64 (Introduced a lot of assets of the modern controller and had some of the most influential 3D games)
10. Sony Playstation 2 (Was the first to push consoles as a multimedia device)



Most likely the NES, which saved and/or revived the industry, with in second place being the gameboy, which created a whole new segment in it.



Aeolus451 said:
PS1 or PS2. Saved the gaming market and third party devs.

No and No.  Home consoles where already hugly popular during the fourth generation.  As for third party console games those first appeared on the 2600 and already where as popular as first party titles on the NES especially in Japan with Dragon Quest.



PS2. It was the console that made gaming as popular as it is today.