25 best consoles ever

You'll need a pretty big TV if you want to keep all of these under it...

Microsoft Xbox (2002)

Its controller may have been the size of a small child but this didn’t stop Microsoft’s first console from setting up a solid foundation for its market-leading online experience which went hand-in-hand with the insanely popular Halo series.

Sega Mega Drive (1990)

The Mega Drive was the first portal into the world of Sonic for many and the console still holds a special place in the hearts of blue hedgehog loving gamers everywhere.  The iconic controllers could also handle quite a frustration-induced beating – losing your gold rings was never fun.

Nintendo 64 (1997)

The N64’s controllers looked like an ergonomic nightmare but after a few hours of Super Mario 64 and a few hundred barrel rolls in Star Fox 64, Ninty’s classic controller soon became an extension of your arm – just like Link’s Master Sword in the Ocarina of time.

Sony PlayStation Portable (2005)

Such was the power of the PSP when it first hit our clammy hands that we thought it was handed down by the gods of gaming as a reward for being faithful nerds. Music, movies, games and browsing – truly the wonder-device of its time (minus the proprietary UMD format, of course).


Game Boy Advance (2001)

Preceded by the Game Boy colour, the Advance took a radical design turn with a landscape orientation and came in a plethora of pastel-coloured cases. The device’s ability to connect to the Game Cube to act as a supplementary screen/controller was truly ahead of its time


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Sony PlayStation (1995)

Sony's first PlayStation rose from the ashes of a broken alliance with Nintendo. It ushered in the era of disc-based gaming and was the launching platform for some of the biggest names in gaming: Metal Gear Solid, Gran Turismo, Tony Hawk and more. Compared to Nintendo's ever-changing controller design, the PlayStation controller has remained virtually unchanged since the first DualShock controller was introduced in 1998.



Atari 7800 (1987)

The followup to the 5200, one of the Atari 7800's killer features was its ability to play old Atari 2600 cartridges. Released a couple of years late due to a change of ownership, its best titles were already looking a bit old by the time it hit the shops. This, coupled with weak sound capabilities, meant that it was quickly outclassed when the NES landed on the scene.


Nintendo Entertainment System (1986)

Home to the most famous plumber in history, the NES largely owes its success to the ground-breaking games pumped out by Nintendo. Even today, we could still while away whole days playing Super Mario Bros., and if you haven't played Duck Hunt, you haven't lived.



Nintendo Gamecube (2002)

Nintendo's fourth console was also its first to use optical discs, though strangely it opted for miniDVD, meaning it wouldn't play DVDs or CDs. Then again, it was the only console to have a handle. Super Monkey Ball made its first appearance here and as far as we know it's the only console to have ever had a bongos controller (for Donkey Konga).



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