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I think NES, MMC chips aside, doesn't get the credit it deserves for devs squeezing an awful lot of power out of hardware that technically released in 1983. I think the SNES was a bit of a powerhouse in its day, even without things like the FX chip.

But I think, for its gen, the N64 was actually quite powerful hardware. For its time, it was capable of things Saturn and PS1 just couldn't do, which is why you say games on it like OoT, Banjo-Kazooie, Turok 2, etc. doing things the competition couldn't really match. It was merely the cart format that held the system back. And mind you, I liked that they stuck with carts at the time: low loading times, more durable format, nostalgia of growing up with carts. I liked, in a way, that it was the last home cartridge based system. That was pretty neat. But, at the same time, I also realize that, to a very large degree, not going with CDs cost Nintendo too. If N64 had been a CD based console, in my mind there's a strong chance it could have been the #1 system of its gen again. As it is, N64 still had some of the top, most popular games of any system that gen, especially when it came to multiplayer. And it isn't as if, especially early on, as if the PS1 took off because of first party Sony games. PS1 rose to power on the strength of games like Symphony of the Night, Tomb Raider, Resident Evil, Tekken, Ridge Racer, Need For Speed, Final Fantasy VII, ports of Capcom arcade fighters, etc. Many of which certainly would have been ported N64, some even possibly exclusive, if not for the cart format. Alas. Still a great system for its day.



Switch is my main favorite Nintendo system of all time, i can't describe much, this little hybrid device does have multiple DNAs from the old Nintendo consoles, like... man, it's too much talk about in my opinion, i'll give you one thing about myself. Remember when you play Super Mario Odyssey and HD rumble helped you to find secrets? This actually reminded me of Stone of Agony from Ocarina of Time when the rumble pak for the N64 reacts to nearby secrets. Ahh good old days.

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It sort of would have to be the Switch wouldn't it? It does basically everything Nintendo's older consoles can do, with the exception of some of the Wii U's stuff (at least not without the use of multiple switch's), the 3DS's 3D mode, and some of the more niche features (microphone on DS and cameras on DSi/3DS/WiiU). It also has the best graphics of the lot so I can't really see an argument for anything else.



JWeinCom said:
It sort of would have to be the Switch wouldn't it? It does basically everything Nintendo's older consoles can do, with the exception of some of the Wii U's stuff (at least not without the use of multiple switch's), the 3DS's 3D mode, and some of the more niche features (microphone on DS and cameras on DSi/3DS/WiiU). It also has the best graphics of the lot so I can't really see an argument for anything else.

Pretty much all of the stuff the Switch can’t do are unimportant features... except for proper IR aiming, that’s missed in some games. If RE4 would have had motion aiming on Switch, I’d have replaced my Wii version with that one.



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The Switch.



You know it deserves the GOTY.

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The Switch is basically perfect, the only issue with it being the durability of the Joy-Cons. Everything else is bliss.

The same can't be said for any other Nintendo console as far as I care. The NES and SNES were decent but had your usual oldschool cartridge issues and somewhat uncomfortable controllers for grown-ups. The 64 still had the same issues, coupled with the worst controller ever made. The GameCube was alright, I guess, but the mini-discs were a hindrance in a few ways. The Wii had extremely low quality controllers, and the Wii U had an OS so slow it painful navigating the thing.

The handhelds have always been pretty much the same. Kinda uncomfortable for long periods, but not too awful. Limited hardware in terms of power. AA batteries sucked back in the day too, so on that alone all Game Boy variations up to the Advance SP would be immediately out of the running, but even from then on, nothing compares to the Switch. Not even close.

The Switch is small enough to be portable, large enough to make playing games on it feel like the real deal, has great graphical power for a handheld, looks slick, has fantastic controllers (though not too durable), a fast and snappy OS and also very fast loading times, sleep mode, everything about it is just too good.



Jumpin said:
JWeinCom said:
It sort of would have to be the Switch wouldn't it? It does basically everything Nintendo's older consoles can do, with the exception of some of the Wii U's stuff (at least not without the use of multiple switch's), the 3DS's 3D mode, and some of the more niche features (microphone on DS and cameras on DSi/3DS/WiiU). It also has the best graphics of the lot so I can't really see an argument for anything else.

Pretty much all of the stuff the Switch can’t do are unimportant features... except for proper IR aiming, that’s missed in some games. If RE4 would have had motion aiming on Switch, I’d have replaced my Wii version with that one.

It can't streetpass.  And if you say street pass isn't an important feature I will fucking cut you.



NES - it released just one year after C64, most popular 8-bit computer and it compared quite favorably (except for sound chip, thanks to C64's SID).



Switch is a masterpiece.

Even if you adjust consoles for their time, Switch is legit the first time I was excited about the hardware and not only the software.



Wii U.

I was one of those weird guys that didn't have a smartphone between 2012 and 2017, so I relied on the Wii U and its cool browser to surf the web. I mean, I did have a computer, but the Wii U made it easier for me. What's more, until the Switch gets one browser of its own, if it does at all, I'll keep considering the Wii U in great regard.