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everyone who named gamecube is correct, mainly due to the fact its the least trashiest console



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Taking the entire history of videogames into account, I choose my first console...

The ColecoVision

It's almost like people forget this console.  It existed in that space between the Atari VCS/2600 and the NES here in America.  It seemed to be popular when I was young, and I even had the Module 1 so I could play Atari 2600 games.  Even then, it was clear to my 5 year old eyes, the ColecoVision graphics were much better.  It was the first place I got to experience Donkey Kong!  It was the pack in game!  That's right, A NINTENDO game was the pack in game for a non Nintendo console!  And it was a great conversion.  The NES version wasn't even much better.  The controllers were pretty good for the time too. I preferred them to the joysticks I had used prior, only to eventually be introduced to the NES game pad and obviously those took the cake.... but this was years prior to the NES taking over the US.

The ColecoVision had great, best of the generation versions of:

Donkey Kong

Frogger

Q Bert

Zaxxon

Smurfs

Jungle Hunt

Popeye

Pitfall

Congo Bongo

Galaxian

and more.

I guess it seems like I lived in some alternate version of videogame history sometimes.  I got into gaming literally DURING the crash.  I remember my poor parents buying me cheap games in discount bargain bins... I didn't know the difference.  I played the hell out of Spiderman and ET for the 2600.  I beat ET.  I don't care what people think in their revisionist history, but there were much worse games than ET.  Heck, Spiderman was worse.  Regardless, when I see the history of videogames being portrayed in media it seems to go from the 2600 to the NES, negating this awesome system and it's nice little run that gave me awesome memories, even if it tends to just be a footnote.

Oh, and BTW.. the ColecoVision had a great version of PacMan!!!  I was spared from the 2600 atrocity.



GameCube.

It’s biggest issues where how the controller functioned differently than the competitors and it looked like a lunchbox. But that’s also where a lot of it’s charm comes from.



WiiU for sure.

Poorly marketed and poor support.

Was great playing local multiplayer on TV against a friend and me on the tablet controller. Even COD was enjoyable.



 

 

SidOfBee said:

Taking the entire history of videogames into account, I choose my first console...

The ColecoVision

It's almost like people forget this console.  It existed in that space between the Atari VCS/2600 and the NES here in America.  It seemed to be popular when I was young, and I even had the Module 1 so I could play Atari 2600 games.  Even then, it was clear to my 5 year old eyes, the ColecoVision graphics were much better.  It was the first place I got to experience Donkey Kong!  It was the pack in game!  That's right, A NINTENDO game was the pack in game for a non Nintendo console!  And it was a great conversion.  The NES version wasn't even much better.  The controllers were pretty good for the time too. I preferred them to the joysticks I had used prior, only to eventually be introduced to the NES game pad and obviously those took the cake.... but this was years prior to the NES taking over the US.

The ColecoVision had great, best of the generation versions of:

Donkey Kong

Frogger

Q Bert

Zaxxon

Smurfs

Jungle Hunt

Popeye

Pitfall

Congo Bongo

Galaxian

and more.

I guess it seems like I lived in some alternate version of videogame history sometimes.  I got into gaming literally DURING the crash.  I remember my poor parents buying me cheap games in discount bargain bins... I didn't know the difference.  I played the hell out of Spiderman and ET for the 2600.  I beat ET.  I don't care what people think in their revisionist history, but there were much worse games than ET.  Heck, Spiderman was worse.  Regardless, when I see the history of videogames being portrayed in media it seems to go from the 2600 to the NES, negating this awesome system and it's nice little run that gave me awesome memories, even if it tends to just be a footnote.

Oh, and BTW.. the ColecoVision had a great version of PacMan!!!  I was spared from the 2600 atrocity.

There was definitely a generation of consoles between the Atari 2600 and the NES.  I tend to call this the "Crash Generation", but maybe "Lost Generation" is a better term.  And you are right that ET was not that bad of a game. 

I tend to think the crash was really caused by the Atari 5200.  It was a situation very much like the Wii-> Wii U transition, where an ultra popular system was followed by a dud.  However, retailers didn't understand the video game business back then.  They panicked and got rid of everything, Atari, Coleco, Vectrex, etc....  I tend to think, if the retailers hadn't panicked, then Colecovision would have been the winner of the "Lost Generation".  I didn't have one but a guy on the end of my street had one and I played it a little.  It definitely seemed like the most solid system out of the ones launching around '82.  But what actually happened is the Commodore 64 really won the "Lost Generation", because it was the cheapest computer and retailers still sold those.

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Gamecube was aptly rated and N64 is the most overrated console in history. Wii U was aptly rated as well.



Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

So many to choose...

I would say the Saturn outside of Japan, really a great console with great games.
The Wii U had really great games, but it didn't help the console at all.
However the PC Engine/Turbografx 16/GT, and especially it's mid-gen upgrade Supergrafx, is my "winner" here. So many great games, great tech, great visuals, not expensive (except for the Super and the portable GT), yet so paltry sales with less than half the sales of the Wii U.

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The_Liquid_Laser said:
SidOfBee said:

Taking the entire history of videogames into account, I choose my first console...

The ColecoVision

It's almost like people forget this console.  It existed in that space between the Atari VCS/2600 and the NES here in America.  It seemed to be popular when I was young, and I even had the Module 1 so I could play Atari 2600 games.  Even then, it was clear to my 5 year old eyes, the ColecoVision graphics were much better.  It was the first place I got to experience Donkey Kong!  It was the pack in game!  That's right, A NINTENDO game was the pack in game for a non Nintendo console!  And it was a great conversion.  The NES version wasn't even much better.  The controllers were pretty good for the time too. I preferred them to the joysticks I had used prior, only to eventually be introduced to the NES game pad and obviously those took the cake.... but this was years prior to the NES taking over the US.

The ColecoVision had great, best of the generation versions of:

Donkey Kong

Frogger

Q Bert

Zaxxon

Smurfs

Jungle Hunt

Popeye

Pitfall

Congo Bongo

Galaxian

and more.

I guess it seems like I lived in some alternate version of videogame history sometimes.  I got into gaming literally DURING the crash.  I remember my poor parents buying me cheap games in discount bargain bins... I didn't know the difference.  I played the hell out of Spiderman and ET for the 2600.  I beat ET.  I don't care what people think in their revisionist history, but there were much worse games than ET.  Heck, Spiderman was worse.  Regardless, when I see the history of videogames being portrayed in media it seems to go from the 2600 to the NES, negating this awesome system and it's nice little run that gave me awesome memories, even if it tends to just be a footnote.

Oh, and BTW.. the ColecoVision had a great version of PacMan!!!  I was spared from the 2600 atrocity.

There was definitely a generation of consoles between the Atari 2600 and the NES.  I tend to call this the "Crash Generation", but maybe "Lost Generation" is a better term.  And you are right that ET was not that bad of a game. 

I tend to think the crash was really caused by the Atari 5200.  It was a situation very much like the Wii-> Wii U transition, where an ultra popular system was followed by a dud.  However, retailers didn't understand the video game business back then.  They panicked and got rid of everhing, Atari, Coleco, Vectrex, etc....  I tend to think, if the retailers hadn't panicked, then Colecovision would have been the winner of the "Lost Generation".  I didn't have one but a guy on the end of my street had one and I played it a little.  It definitely seemed like the most solid system out of the ones launching around '82.  But what actually happened is the Commodore 64 really won the "Lost Generation", because it was the cheapest computer and retailers still sold those.

Funny enough, I also had a Commodore 64.  But it wasn't a videogame console.  So I exclude it from this.  It was much more expensive, and the joystick sucked!  At least the supported most common one with the red stick.  Personal computers were exempt from the "crash".  I think you are right about the 5200.  An engineering and marketing flop.  It's funny because Atari was at one point the definition of videogames.  Coleco also failed to capitalize and take advantage of a weak market.  

Anyone who played Coleco knows.  They were the Sega of their time!



Saturn, Dreamcast, Gamecube, WiiU and PSVita.
All these consoles sold less than what they should have given their game libraries and what they had going on for them.



 

For me, it's the Wii, by far and away.

It gets bashed so much, but in my book its one of the freshest and funnest consoles ever, with some of Nintendo's greatest first party software and a bunch of awesome third party hidden gems.
I still own more games for it than any other console I've ever owned.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.