Maybe with rose coloured glasses on, and nostaliga factored in.
By "then vs now", but by todays standards games are better than ever.
I stand by this, by today's standards, nes,64,gamecube should not be ahead of the PS4.
PS4 is probably better than 64 and GC, even considering each one in its epoch and context, and it's still better than NS, that still has to show its full potential, but NES in its era accomplished probably the second biggest goal ever in console gaming: after Atari 2600 (that shouldn't have been eliminated so early in this little contest of ours) truly launched the market, NES resurrected it after its first crisis, probably its worst ever, had left it almost dead.
Edit. PS: But the contest rules clearly let voters use their favoured criteria, so deal with it. BTW I upvoted PS4 too feeling it deserves a better ranking than other machines, and I feel NS and DS should be above 3DS too, but I wouldn't do it compared to NES.
Ahh yes nostaliga, and buy ranking it for what it did for its time.
But if you rank them by todays standards, the NES should be waaaaay below the PS4.
How many old NES games do you want to go back and play today? maybe (and im being generous here) theres a handfull of games.
And realistically you might go on perfectly content never to touch a nes game again (their age shows).
In that sense I think nes is way overrated in this ranking.
With the SNES (i love the charm of certain rpgs from this era) Id agree it can be ranked high, but the NES? no.
Necro-bump this 2020: http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=229249
Bumb in 2021: http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9047071