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SNES/Mega Drive - Sonic 1, 2, and 3D Blast were the games I was always playing, so, probably that. If GBC is applicable, maybe Pokémon Blue and Silver takes it, I don't know.

PS1 - No idea, probably the Crash Bandicoot trilogy.
PS2 - Probably GTA: San Andreas.
X360 - All the Guitar Hero and Rock Band games, these were my whole life for a few years. I kinda miss them, actually.
WiiU/3DS - Smash 4, quite easily. But shoutouts to Pokémon X and Y with their 800 hours.
Switch - Smash Ultimate, quite easily. With no real shoutouts this time.



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NES - Ninja Turtles 2
SNES - Unirally (Uniracers)
N64 - Goldeneye or Mario Kart 64
NGC - Smash Bros. Melee
PS3 - Street Fighter 4
PS4 - Monster Hunter World

All of these games have been competitive vs/with other people.
That's always the ones I spend the most time with.



I can't say for certain with some of these, but this would be my best guess:
Gen3: Super Mario Bros. 3 most likely. Other possibilities would be SMB1, Mega Man 2, Mega Man 4 and Kirby's Adventure
Gen4: A few possibilities. Donkey Kong Country, Mortal Kombat 3, Final Fantasy VI.
Gen5: Final Fantasy IX, Tekken 3 or The Legend of Dragoon.
Gen6: Final Fantasy X, Tekken 5, Super Smash Bros. Melee or Soul Calibur 2.
Gen7: Super Smash Bros. Brawl without a doubt. After that maybe Valkyria Chronicles.
Gen8: Bloodborne or Dark Souls 3.

I left out PC games since you can't really split them into different generations.On PC I've probably spent the most time on Red Alert 2, League of Legends and Total Annihilation, although there are a number of other possibilities as well.



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Gameboy: Yugioh Dark Duel Stories or Pokemon Crystal.
Gamecube: Smash Bros. Melee.
Gameboy Advance: Fire Emblem Sacred Stones, Castelvania Aria of Sorrow, or or one of the many Yugioh GBA games.
DS: Advance Wars Dual Strike/Days of Ruin, Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow/Portrait of Ruin/Order of Ecclesia.
Wii: Smash Bros. Brawl.
Xbox 360: Halo 3.
PS3: Resident Evil 5.
3DS: Fire Emblem Awakening
Wii U: Smash.
Xbox One/PS4: Overwatch
Switch: Pokemon Let's Go Eevee.



Hunders of games... per generation? Pff no. When I had time, I didn't have money, and now that I have money, I don't have time. Anyway, let's get back on the topic:

  • PS1: Hard to tell, but my guess is Driver 2: Back on the Streets.
  • PS2: I'd be somewhat surprised if the answer wasn't Dynasty Warriors 5.
  • PS3: It's probably Final Fantasy XIII. Getting the platinum trophy took a while... That said, Assassin's Creed II too is a plausible candidate.
  • PS4: I'm surprised if it's not Assassin's Creed: Odyssey.

And then, of course, there's PC, which probably has some of my most-played games. I doubt any half-recent console game holds up to my 310 hours in Rocket League or my 288 hours in Grim Dawn. And then there' osu!, which doesn't (or at least didn't use to) track time, but back when Xfire was still around, it was already at about 2000 hours... and it's got to be way more now. I doubt any games is ever going to pass that one for me! And then there's of course olders games from a time when time tracking wasn't around or it's been lost (Xfire, I'm looking at you...). Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, and especially Titan Quest probably have some pretty high numbers. If we count Titan Quest in the 7th gen, I doubt Final Fantasy XIII has any chance against it.



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I guess I can't do games on PC or other computers since they didn't have generations. On PC its Final Fantasy XI, on mobile its Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia.

Gen 2: River Raid (on an Atrai 7800 through backwards compatibility)
Gen 3: Kirby's Dreamland
Gen 4: Donkey Kong Country 1 or 2
Gen 5: Final Fantasy VIII
Gen 6: Final Fantasy XII or maybe Smash Bros Melee
Gen 7: Final Fantasy XIII
Gen 8 (including Wii U and Switch): Final Fantasy XV

Handhelds
GG/GB/GBC: Donkey Kong Land/Tetris DX/Link's Awakening
GBA: Final Fantasy I&II, IV or maybe Golden Sun: The Lost Age
DS/PSP: Animal Crossing: Wild World
3DS/Vita: Animal Crossing: New Leaf

What this tells me is that for most of these consoles, the top played games were also among my favourites or they were rpgs that often last a long time anyway. The arrival of Animal Crossing is a notable exception that gets the most play simply because it encourages you to play a little bit every day, that all adds up and I can see definitive proof on 3DS that Animal Crossing has much more playtime than anything else (about twice that of Smash Bros 3DS in second place).

Last edited by Landale_Star - on 18 August 2019

NES era - Super Mario Bros. I don’t think anything came close, but if so, maybe Tecmo Super Bowl couch sessions with my brothers 

SNES era - Super Mario World or Donkey Kong Country 

PS1 era - Three games come to mind: Gran Turismo, THPS, and MGS. Probably GT

PS2 - easily SOCOM II. Closest second would be PSO on Dreamcast 

360 - CoD4 or World at War. Search and Destroy with work buddies

Xbone - Dead by Daylight. I think this gen was the gen of asymmetrical MP for me. Two of my favorite games were Dead by Daylight and Evolve.



Gen 4: Super Mario World
Gen 5: Loz: Ocarina of TIme
Gen 6: FF X
Gen 7: The Sims 3
Gen 8: Battlefield 1 or Destiny



Gen 3: The Legend of Zelda
Gen 4: Pokémon Blue
Gen 5: Vandal Hearts
Gen 6: Suikoden III
Gen 7: Gears of War
Gen 8: Path of Exile
Gen 9: Golf Story



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