Iconic List of Video Game Consoles

By | 14/10/2020



With PlayStation 5 and Xbox One just around the corner, now might be a good time to talk about a list of video game consoles that made them possible.

You never forget your first…video games console, that is.

Consoles have been giving gamers the ultimate gaming experience for decades now.

While today’s modern consoles are a world away from those early models, they nevertheless hold a place in every gamer’s heart.

Iconic List of Video Games Consoles
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Gaming can mean different things to people these days, from classic online slots to mobile multi-player games.

But as the console continues to go from strength to strength, lets see some of the history makers.

Images courtesy of Pixabay.

Atari – An Industry is Born

For all intents and purposes, the Atari marked the beginning of the home console era.

From the 1975 original Pong console to the 1977 model, the Atari changed gaming forever.

Original Atari Console

While Atari was pivotal in demonstrating that home gaming was possible, Atari ultimately crashed because of their terrible port of PacMan and the infamous E.T game.

However, Nolan Bushnell and his team paved the way for the next generation of innovators as video games started to take off in Japan.

NES – Games Get Organized

Released in 1983, the then-new Nintendo NES was a huge leap forward in console technology.

It quickly became the best selling console in the US.

Nintendo Entertainment System

With its high processing speed and iconic line up of games like Zelda and Super Mario Bros, it was many people’s first glimpse of what gaming could be.

In an unregulated industry, the NES was the first stable home console with Nintendo approved games that were both fun and child-friendly.

Nintendo Game Boy – Pocket Gaming Arrives

Finally, gaming went mobile.

Nintendo mainstays such as Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong were available on the platform, as well as one of the most addictively simple games ever, Tetris.

Original Nintendo Game Boy

Long battery life and a great range of accessories planted the Game Boy firmly in the pantheon of gaming greats.

There were many iterations of the Game Boy including the 2DS and the 3DS, both of which still sell today.

Sega Mega Drive – The Next Generation

The Mega Drive hit the market in 1988 and managed to make Nintendo look out of its depth almost overnight.

With better graphics and a certain blue hedgehog driving sales, the Mega Drive reigned supreme for years.

Sega Mega Drive

The new 16-bit architecture gave the Mega Drive a clear graphical advantage over other consoles at the time and allowed 3D looking games for the first time.

With games like Mortal Kombat and E-SWAT available for the machine, the Mega Drive became the more adult choice over Nintendo.

Sony PlayStation – The Game Changer

In 1994, Sony dropped the original PlayStation onto the market and blew everything else out of the water.

Utilizing relatively new CD-ROM technology, PlayStation had access to larger file sizes which meant vastly improved graphics, high-fidelity audio and more game code.

Original PlayStation

The power of the new machine impressed even those who previously weren’t gamers and the modern era games industry was born.

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PlayStation owners were treated to such classics as Tomb Raider, Gran Turismo and WipeOut.

Nintendo 64 – Originality Shines Through

Nintendo came back strong with the N64, though it stuck with the anachronistic cartridge system rather than CD-ROMs.

Even though Nintendo chose to stick with cartridges, the power of the machine was still impressive.

Nintendo 64

N64 managed to match PlayStation’s ability to render fully 3D environments and its innovative Trident controller changed FPS games forever.

It also featured some of the best-known games of the late 90s such as GoldenEye, Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and the legendary Super Mario 64.

Xbox – Finally, Some Competition

Shunning the usual form factors of the console market and looking more like a PC, the original Xbox incorporated power over anything else.

Microsoft’s first foray into the home console market produced a gaming powerhouse which was the only real contender to the dominant PlayStation brand.

Original Xbox

Like the Mega Drive of the 80s and 90s, Xbox became the alternative choice for gamers and a legendary rivalry was born.

The most popular games on the platform have included the classic Halo, Gears of War and Fable.

So, if you’re pining for a simpler time when it comes to gaming, there are still many of these consoles available to buy on auction sites.

In fact, there is a strong market for gaming enthusiasts to collect classic consoles or games and some of them are valued very highly.

An unopened copy of the original Super Mario Bros. for NES recently sold at auction for a silly $114,000.

If you have some classic consoles hidden away in the loft, it might be time to dust them off and see if they’re worth anything.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this stroll down memory lane and some of the most iconic consoles of the last forty years.

What was your first console?

2 thoughts on “Iconic List of Video Game Consoles

  1. Bashar

    Ahhhh, so much in one article!!
    This is just a personal thing, but I wish this included the PS2, the first console I ever owned myself. But I’ve spent countless hours connecting two OG Xboxes together and playing Halo:CE vs my friend. Good times.. The best times :’)
    Out of curiosity: Since both major first parties (with all due respect to Nintendo senpai) seem to be absolutely killing it right now, which one are you leaning more towards? PS5 or Series X/S?
    I’m going Series X at launch, then eventually get a PS5 discless once that thing’s back in stock in like 2022

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      PS2 was an amazing console but I tried to stick to the original machines that paved the way for the new generation.

      I could go on and on about many other consoles, maybe in another post.

      To answer your question, while I am a gamer and have respect for all machines, I grew up on PlayStation so I tend to lean more towards the PS brand, while my brother is an avid Xbox gamer. Arguments ensue.



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