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The_Liquid_Laser said:

The NES is hands down the best.  It had the most original content by far of any console.  The following IP were all created on the NES/Famicom:

Super Mario Bros.
The Legend of Zelda
Punch Out
Dr. Mario
Final Fantasy
Metal Gear
Mega Man
Advance Wars (Famicom Wars)
Fire Emblem
Dragon Quest
Kid Icarus

Those are some of the biggest franchises in gaming and they were all created on one system.  Although in order to appreciate the NES, a person probably had to live through it.  Someone looking back will not think that the first Final Fantasy or Metroid or Metal Gear is the best in the series.  But many of the games that came later were making gradual improvements and iterations upon the originals.  Were the later versions better?  Yes (usually), but they were standing on the shoulders of giants.

When it comes to original content no other system can beat the NES.  Many people may remember the first time they played GTA3 or Final Fantasy 7 or Minecraft or Dark Souls.  On the NES those types of games were coming out all of the time.  Every year had several hot new games that felt like nothing you'd ever played before.  That it is why it is the best system ever created.

There are different ways to define best console or games. Appreciating the invention of franchises and genres is one.
But better games meaning a better console is a common definition.

I enjoy Super Metroid more than Metroid
Megaman X more than Megaman
Final Fantasy 6 more than Final Fantasy 1
ALTTP more than Zelda 1
Turtles in Time more than TMNT 2

(Although the original Punch Out being a rare exception, where I liked the NES version over the SNES sequel.)

For me, the SNES was the best Nintendo console because I enjoyed the games on it the most.
Aside from the ones I mentioned above:

Chrono Trigger
Secret of Mana
Mario Kart
A ton of fighting games (Dragon Ball, Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, Street Fighter)
Donkey Kong Country

It had an abundance of third party games, on top of its great first party lineup, and that made it my favorite Nintendo home console.

Last edited by Hiku - on 23 September 2019