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