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I think the best is...

NES 9 15.00%
 
Super NES 21 35.00%
 
Nintendo 64 11 18.33%
 
Gamecube 8 13.33%
 
Wii 9 15.00%
 
Wii U 2 3.33%
 
Total:60

If you exclude third party contributions, which Nintendo console do you think had the best library of games from Nintendo and their first party studios, and what makes it the best?

Last edited by curl-6 - on 30 June 2021

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SNES



Of these options, probably GameCube or Wii. Don't know, so not going to vote at the moment.
Switch will probably end up being the best due to all the quality new titles and ports it has.



Lifetime Sales Predictions 

Switch: 144 million (was 73, then 96, then 113 million, then 125 million)

PS5: 105 million Xbox Series S/X: 60 million

PS4: 120 mil (was 100 then 130 million, then 122 million) Xbox One: 51 mil (was 50 then 55 mil)

3DS: 75.5 mil (was 73, then 77 million)

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The NES.

3 Mario games: 
Super Mario Bros - Revived console gaming from the dead
Super Mario Bros 2
Super Mario Bros 3 - Mario 1 was considered a phenomenal game, and yet this blew it out of the water in every way.

2 Zelda games:
The Legend of Zelda - Most popular Zelda in Japan or Japan+NA until BotW.  This game killed off the arcades.  It's also my personal favorite.
Zelda 2 - An amazing action game that was sold out for months when it first released.

Tetris - The best selling game of all time.

Duck Hunt - Created the light gun genre.
Hogan's Alley

Solid arcade ports:
Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr, Popeye, Mario Bros, Kung Fu

Metroid - Still the best selling version in the series

Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! - I can't even describe how great it is to be able to fight Iron Mike Tyson.  He even knocks me down with one hit just like the real Mike Tyson would if I fought him in RL.  All of the other fighters have memorable personalities too.

Other classics:
Kid Icarus
Ice Hockey
Dr Mario
Star Tropics 1&2
Excitebike

That is an unbeatable first party line-up.  No other console has ever come close, Nintendo or otherwise.  I didn't even list all of Nintendo's first party games either.  That was part of the secret of the NES.  They simply made so many original games.  Not all of them were great, nor did they need to be.  They just needed to keep putting stuff out, and we would end up discovering what the real classics were.

Last edited by The_Liquid_Laser - on 01 July 2021

SNES



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The_Liquid_Laser said:

The NES.

3 Mario games: 
Super Mario Bros - Revived console gaming from the dead
Super Mario Bros 2
Super Mario Bros 3 - Mario 1 was considered a phenomenal game, and yet this blew it out of the water in every way.

2 Zelda games:
The Legend of Zelda - Most popular Zelda in Japan or Japan+NA until BotW.  This game killed off the arcades.  It's also my personal favorite.
Zelda 2 - An amazing action game that was sold out for months when it first released.

Tetris - The best selling game of all time.

Duck Hunt - Created the light gun genre.
Hogan's Alley

Solid arcade ports:
Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr, Popeye, Mario Bros, Kung Fu

Metroid - Still the best selling version in the series

Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! - I can't even describe how great it is to be able to fight Iron Mike Tyson.  He even knocks me down with one hit just like the real Mike Tyson would if I fought him in RL.  All of the other fighters have memorable personalities too.

Other classics:
Kid Icarus
Ice Hockey
Dr Mario
Star Tropics 1&2
Excitebike

That is an unbeatable first party line-up.  No other console has ever come close, Nintendo or otherwise.  I didn't even list all of Nintendo's first party games either.  That was part of the secret of the NES.  They simply made so many original games.  Not all of them were great, nor did they need to be.  They just needed to keep putting stuff out, and we would end up discovering what the real classics were.

agreed



The Super NES, easily.



The_Liquid_Laser said:

The NES.

3 Mario games: 
Super Mario Bros - Revived console gaming from the dead
Super Mario Bros 2
Super Mario Bros 3 - Mario 1 was considered a phenomenal game, and yet this blew it out of the water in every way.

2 Zelda games:
The Legend of Zelda - Most popular Zelda in Japan or Japan+NA until BotW.  This game killed off the arcades.  It's also my personal favorite.
Zelda 2 - An amazing action game that was sold out for months when it first released.

Tetris - The best selling game of all time.

Duck Hunt - Created the light gun genre.
Hogan's Alley

Solid arcade ports:
Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr, Popeye, Mario Bros, Kung Fu

Metroid - Still the best selling version in the series

Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! - I can't even describe how great it is to be able to fight Iron Mike Tyson.  He even knocks me down with one hit just like the real Mike Tyson would if I fought him in RL.  All of the other fighters have memorable personalities too.

Other classics:
Kid Icarus
Ice Hockey
Dr Mario
Star Tropics 1&2
Excitebike

That is an unbeatable first party line-up.  No other console has ever come close, Nintendo or otherwise.  I didn't even list all of Nintendo's first party games either.  That was part of the secret of the NES.  They simply made so many original games.  Not all of them were great, nor did they need to be.  They just needed to keep putting stuff out, and we would end up discovering what the real classics were.

I was going to disagree with you, but then you made such a solid argument that you manage to convince. Those were good days.



So games only made in-house, not games published and IP owned by Nintendo but developed by partners like, say, HAL Laboratory or Rare? Meaning no Earthbound, no Kirby, no 90s-era Donkey Kong Country, not even the first two Smash games?

If so, then that complicates things.

I still want to say it's a toss-up between the SNES and NES. The NES had more in terms of quantity, but some of Nintendo's output on the SNES was of high quality, even ignoring the better graphics. The NES had some games that are still fun to play, including the first three SMB games, Punch-Out, Duck Hunt, Star Tropics, and even a Nintendo-developed port of Tetris, plus ports of their early-to-mid 80s arcade games. However, the SNES had Super Mario World, A Link to the Past (vastly superior to the NES original), Super Metroid (same), F-Zero, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario All-Stars, and Yoshi's Island.

Hard to say where I'd rank the rest, but I'd put the N64, Wii U, and Switch above the GameCube and Wii.



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The NES
2 of the top 3 Legend of Zelda games ever made
Super Mario Bros
Super Mario Bros 2 (Doki Doki Panic)
Super Mario Bros 3 is the pinnacle of 2d Adventure/platformer (actually anything 2d)
Mike Tyson Punch Out is so cool
Metroid
Duck Hunt

The NES is still amazing!!