I could be wrong but it sounds like you are confusing "games you enjoy more" and "better console". A console is a piece of technology. When the technology is improved, so is the quality. They can simply do more. You may not enjoy playing them as much, but that doesn't make them inferior.
No. Your confusing what a game console is.
A game console is something that plays games.
Therefore a console is only as good as the games that play it.
But as the technology improves, so do the games. Games are a lot more complex and interesting now than they ever were in the past because the hardware is capable of so much more.
There are very few games from the SNES era that still hold up today, and they certainly are nowhere near the level of current top games.
Don't let nostalgia blind your objectivity.
OT: I don't agree with IGN's list, or even in ranking systems in this way, but IGN are definitely one of the least offensive review sites. Their biggest problem is the number of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors that slip through the net. At least they don't bitch about games being too difficult or completely ignore key features like 1up, who seem to be far more respected than they deserve.
I can play games I never played before and picked up on ebay and they're still often better.
I'm actually being completly objective. Better technology does not always make better games.
Why are some of the top movies of all time back from the black and white days?
Or some of the best stories ones told way back in the days of shakespeare and such when more modern ways of telling stories have arisen?
The best recipies don't always use the most ingridents.
How come... despite the advancement of photography... Photographs still play a backseat to painting when it comes to art? Despite photographs being technically better?
Older systems had their own distinctive styles and sounds that just don't exist now a days.
FF6 is still seen to have one of the best soundtracks in gaming and that was done with SNES level technology... an atari or NES sprite is distinctive and has it's own style. Something that most modern games lack.
This has nothing to do with nostalgia and everything to do with craftmanship and quality. Back then teams were smaller, projects were more coherent and designs differed more radically.
Today everything is much more similar, and much more bland. Stretched out, with the samish character models and looks for the characters because you can't have stuff being too distinct when you need so many artitsts to make one game.
It's all bland in comparison and sameish in comparison due to the need to have huge staffs and sell huge numbers.
Despite greater technology... the games released today are more simiar to each other in the past when developers had so little to work with.
The modern systems are just trying to be a better PS2 rather then be their own systems.
Even the Wii in some regards.
Not EVERY older console is better then the current geneation ones... however a lot are... and it has nothing to do with nostalgia, and everything to do with the fact that the games made for it were just more fun... period.