Top 5 video game consoles ever made

Published: November 15, 2013

There have been a lot of video game consoles that ended up as complete flops. The Virtual Boy, for example, is notorious today for being such a bust. But who wants to hear about negativity? Here are the top five BEST video game consoles ever made and believe me, this list was not easy to make with so many awesome ones to choose from.

  1. PlayStation 2

    It should come as no surprise the PlayStation 2 is listed at number one. Not only is it the best selling console of all time with over 155 million units sold in its lifetime but it also served as the platform to propel many key video game franchises into the limelight. Grand Theft Auto III, Kingdom Hearts, and God of War are but just a few franchises that became huge hits on PS2.

  2. PlayStation

    It might seem strange to list two PlayStation systems as the number one and number two best consoles on this list but I assure you, I'm not a Sony fanboy (as weill become evident with the number four spot). Let's be honest though, the PlayStation was a revoluionary system and is probably responsible for turning a lot of people into lifelong gamers. Memorable titles include Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy VII, Gran Turismo, Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot, Resident Evil, and many more.

  3. SEGA Genesis

    I'll be honest this one is more about personal preference since I grew up playing the Genesis. Called the "Mega Drive" in countries outside North America, the Genesis had so many classic games such as Earthworm Jim, NBA Jam, Streets of Rage 2, TMNT: Hyperstone Heist, Toe Jam & Earl, Battletoads, and of course Sonic the Hedgehog.

  4. Xbox 360

    Though many Sony fanboys would vehemently disagree, the Xbox 360 was the best console of this current generation. Though the PS3 typically outsold it worldwide, the Xbox 360 did become the top selling console in North America for years. Multiplatform games always seemed to run better and sell better on Xbox 360 than they did on PS3. Xbox LIVE, despite being a pay-to-play format, always seemed to have more people on it per game (as well as people that actually talked to you). Key exclusive franchises such as Halo, Gears of War, Fable, and Forza Motorsport just put it over the top.

  5. Nintendo 64

    The NES or SNES probably should have gone here instead of the Nintendo 64 but I got a lot more play time out of my N64 than either of those systems, so I feel it is more deserving of the final spot on the list. The N64 had a lot of games that I feel are more influential to the gaming industry even today such as Super Smash Brothers, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Mario Kart 64, Star Fox 64, and of course Goldeneye 007 and Perfect Dark. For some reason the N64 seemed to be the console of choice among students at college, even years later.

Honorable mentions include the NES, SNES, SEGA Dreamcast, and Atari 2600. Depending on your childhood, your list will probably differ from this one. If you grew up as a Nintendo gamer, then the SNES probably would replace the SEGA Genesis for example. Which console you think is the best generally will boil down to what you actually had to play though there is no denying the commercial successes and innovations to the industry the PS1 and PS2 contributed.