Looking back over nearly four decades of video game output from Nintendo in both hardware and software form, it's easy to pick out highlights, both historical and personal. Super Mario Bros. was a seminal release in the history of the medium; A Link To The Past codified the design template that the Zelda series would use for the next two decades; GoldenEye 007 helped birth the competitive multiplayer shooter genre that would go on to dominate gaming for multiple generations; and so on and so forth.
It's also easy to pick out times when Nintendo dropped the ball. The N64 years saw the ascendance of Sony's PlayStation and marked a decline in Nintendo's cultural cachet. The Wii U, much as we love it, took all the success and mainstream momentum of Wii and squandered it in a matter of months. However, even those eras produced incredible genre-defining games: Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time and the aforementioned GoldenEye were all N64 titles. And where do you think Switch has been cribbing all those incredibly polished first-party ports from?
So then, light shines even in the darkest of times and personal favourite consoles are forged from adversity. In order to definitively decide which generation is Nintendo's best, we decided to enlist you, dear readers. At the bottom of the page you'll find a poll asking you just one question: Which is Nintendo's best console generation?
As you'll see, we've lumped both home and handheld consoles together in the vote — although release dates may not line up perfectly, we've paired them in what you'll surely agree is the most logical manner (and Virtual Boy slotted into certain gap quite nicely).
However, before you register your vote, here is Team Nintendo Life to put forth their cases for each generation...
NES / Game Boy (Ollie Reynolds, staff writer)
Ah, the one that started it all... Well okay, it's not technically the one that started it all, but for the sake of simplicity, it's the one that started it all, for goodness sake.
Some would argue now that the NES is perhaps better known for its cultural impact on the gaming landscape; that maybe its games haven't really stood the test of time. Well, we say "pfffft" to that! You stick a copy of Super Mario Bros. in front of a complete newcomer to games and you can guarantee that they will know what to do. This is the true beauty of the NES: yes, the games can be tough by today's standards — with a distinct lack of tutorials or even basic saving capabilities — but they're also perfect in their simplicity.
Some of gaming's biggest franchises were born on the NES: Mega Man, Castlevania, The Legend of Zelda, Contra, Metroid, Ninja Gaiden (alongside its arcade counterpart)... All of the debut titles in these franchises still hold merit today and can be appreciated for their innovations, even if they feel somewhat dated in their design.
The Game Boy is arguably even more influential than the NES. With games like Link's Awakening, Pokémon Red and Blue, Tetris, and Wario Land 2, how could it not? The ability to play games on the go didn't start with the Game Boy, but it sure as heck gained absurd popularity.
The NES is often heralded as the literal saviour of the video game industry after the crash of '83. If that doesn't give it a shot at being the best generation, what will?
Super NES / Virtual Boy (Alana Hagues, staff writer)
The NES might have saved the video game industry, but the Super Nintendo (SNES, Super NES — whatever you want to call it!) is a 16-bit marvel that built upon the NES’s foundations and improved upon them tenfold. Launching in 1990 in Japan, and in the West the following year, its one-two launch line-up punch of Super Mario World and F-Zero (among others) is almost unrivalled, even today.
The SNES has arguably many contenders for “best entry” in Nintendo’s many series’. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is still a marvel. Kirby Super Star contains a plethora of Kirby goodness. Super Metroid’s atmosphere is unmatched. And, along with F-Zero, Star Fox and Super Mario Kart kicked off two iconic franchises.
The console is a gold mine for RPG fans, too, with Final Fantasy IV and VI, Secret of Mana, EarthBound, and Chrono Trigger. This also saw an iconic team-up between Nintendo and Square so they could make a turn-based Mario RPG! We're going to faint. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
And, well, we suppose the Virtual Boy is okay. It is a revolutionary piece of kit, to be fair, using a built-in viewer to let you play games in crimson and black stereoscopic 3D. It didn’t do well in Japan or North America, which means Europe never got the chance to try out Virtual Boy Wario Land or Mario's Tennis! It’s a unique footnote in Nintendo’s history, so it’s our job to make sure you never forget its existence.
The SNES' legacy alone is enough to prop up the 16-bit generation as Nintendo's best ever, though.
Nintendo 64 / Game Boy Color (Gavin Lane, editor)
Some would argue that this was Nintendo's first 'decline'. Sony burst onto the scene in style and gave both Nintendo and Sega a real shock, bloody noses all-round. Sega was doing a fine job of imploding thanks to releasing approximately 35 post-Genesis hardware variations that nobody asked for (not you Saturn, the other ones!), but coming off the back of the mighty 8- and 16-bit eras, it was really Nintendo's ball to drop. And dropped it was.
However, for a period that saw the company lose market share thanks to a heady mix of hubris and an attractive new competitor that didn't trip over its own shoelaces, the 64-bit generation turned out some incredible, medium-defining masterpieces that blazed a trail for 3D video game developers. Yes, there are the obvious big hitters I mentioned in the intro — SM64, Ocarina, GoldenEye — but there are dozens of brilliant games on a system that boasted brilliant single- and multiplayer experiences: I'm talking F-Zero X (the best F-Zero), Lylat Wars (yes), Wave Race 64, the debut of Paper Mario and Smash Bros., 1080 Snowboarding, ISS 64, Sin & Punishment, not to mention Rareware on the finest form the company ever hit. I mean, Banjo-Kazooie debuted here. What more is there to say?
And if that wasn't enough, there's also the Game Boy Color. Whether you count it as a half-step upgrade from the original or entirely its own system, the GBC was the first portable console for an entire generation of gamers, and came complete with 100% backwards compatibility — the first Nintendo console to do so. Sure, Ollie can technically claim Pokémon Red and Blue as OG Game Boy releases, but in the West you were just as likely (perhaps more likely) to have played them first on the smaller, sexier GBC. I did, on an awesome Teal one.
And have you seen the original screen of a DMG-01 recently? No-one in their right mind wants to play Pokémon on that thing! Throw in Color classics like Pokémon Crystal, the Capcom Zeldas, and Mario Golf, which connected to the magnificent N64 version via the Transfer Pak, and it's clear which generation of Nintendo hardware is the very best.
GameCube / Game Boy Advance (Ollie Reynolds, staff writer)
The GameCube was seemingly destined to fail. Launched over a full year after the juggernaut of the PS2, Nintendo's successor to the N64 felt oddly child-like by comparison, with its bright colours, dinky MiniDVDs, and its staunch resistance to supporting any other optical media. But the software is where it really counts and the GameCube was home to some true classics. Games like The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Metroid Prime are still adored by gamers everywhere and there's not a day that goes by that fans don't crave those delicious Switch ports.
The Game Boy Advance fared a bit better than its home console counterpart in terms of sales and arguably housed even more all-time classics. It's here that the 'Igavania' Castlevanias truly flourished, with Aria of Sorrow in particular hailed as one of the greatest games of all time. You've got gems like the Mega Man Zero franchise and Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire seeing fresh ports on later consoles thanks to their widespread appeal, alongside games like WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ spawning brand new franchises that still see new entries to this day.
Perhaps most importantly though, the Gamecube/GBA era saw Nintendo throw one of gaming's most effective one-two punches with the (almost) joint release of Metroid Prime and Metroid Fusion in North America. Yep, two of the greatest games of all time launched within one day of each other.
Wii / Nintendo DS (Kate Gray, staff writer)
When I think of my favourite console generation, I automatically think of the 3DS — my longtime companion, filled with brilliant games and memorable experiences. But then I look at my game catalogue, and — shock! gasp! no way! — all of my favourite games were actually DS games.
From Ghost Trick to Ace Attorney, from Phantom Hourglass to Nine Persons Nine Hours Nine Doors, and all the Hotel Dusks and Professor Laytons in between, the DS's catalogue is absolutely unparalleled, especially when it comes to inventive, experimental narratives. Everything that the 3DS would eventually be — like the home to Fantasy Life, one of the greatest games of all time — was built on the efforts and the greatness of this strange, beautiful little dual-screen piece of plastic.
And alongside the weirdness of the DS, we had the Wii: Arguably Nintendo's biggest and best gamble, which introduced motion controls to the masses. Sure, motion controls would eventually fizzle away into nothing, but the grip the Wii and its Wiimote had on culture and society at the time was incredible.
The best-selling console exclusive of all time is still Wii Sports, with an incredible nearly 83 million sales, and though this is arguably because it came packaged with the console, it was nonetheless a huge reason why people were buying the Wii in the first place.
The Wii was, as recognised in its original code name, a Revolution. It was Nintendo at its weirdest, its most risk-taking, its most toy-like. The Wii and the DS reminded us that games can be fun — not just as an activity to do for a few hours, but as something that could get the family together, that could make you laugh out loud with the sheer silliness of you swinging a white brick around the living room.
The games industry does not need to take itself totally seriously to create brilliant things, and these halcyon days of Nintendo remind us that sometimes, getting in touch with our inner child is the key to creative genius.
Wii U / Nintendo 3DS (Thomas Whitehead, deputy editor)
The Wii U and 3DS represented an underdog generation for Nintendo, with neither able to match the success of their predecessors. While the 3DS recovered from a slow start to do reasonably well, the Wii U… didn’t.
To start off with the 3DS, to me it’s Nintendo’s standout portable for a few reasons. One is that it took the DS formula and improved it, with the XL and ‘New’ models in particular being beautifully designed (likewise the 2DS XL) physically and in terms of the operating system – folders, themes, lovely music everywhere, an absolute delight. Then there was the communal joy of StreetPass, SpotPass was fun at times, and most importantly the 3DS had some fantastic games. Heck, it even had Smash Bros. Oh, and the 3D, for those of us that enjoyed the screen it, remains a marvel to this day.
As for the Wii U, well, it actually contributed to this being a rather experimental and fun generation. We had dual-screen shenanigans in the likes of Nintendo Land, but the big N also dabbled with bringing back smaller franchises with new hooks, and I actually enjoyed Star Fox Zero (an unpopular opinion perhaps, but there it is). It’s also the system that brought us Splatoon and Super Mario Maker, actually had an all-new mainline Pikmin with its third entry, and some other gems like those Zelda ports everyone's begging for on Switch (don’t forget it has Breath of the Wild, too!). Alongside the 3DS, meanwhile, it contributed to the welcome growth of Indies on the eShop.
Sure, the 3DS is doing a lot of heavy lifting in this generation, but combined these two systems are so very, very Nintendo, and stand-up brilliantly today. Plus you get Wii backwards compatibility into the bargain, too.
Switch (Thomas Whitehead, deputy editor)
It may be strange having the same writer pitching Switch as the best generation right after covering 3DS and Wii U, but as a concept it’s not that crazy. After all, the Switch and its hybrid form are actually the perfect evolution of what Wii U and 3DS were edging towards, and as a piece of hardware it represents the final Satoru Iwata-era triumph that learns from the previous generation’s mistakes. In my mind, it's a tight race between the two eras.
The Switch is, on paper, quite simple hardware – a tablet with a GPU from 2015 that connects to a TV through a custom USB-C dock / connector. Of course, Nintendo’s magic is taking older off-the-shelf technology and making it feel clever, and the way Switch works in practice, along with the rail-based Joy-Con controllers, makes it a system that scratches multiple itches, and as a result has won over varied audiences looking for a Nintendo console, portable or ideally both.
It's amazing what difference a concept and business plan can make – two games that really helped the system launch in style were The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Wii U titles. Yet that intoxicating mix of console-quality games on the go and some excellent new releases in the first year (like Super Mario Odyssey) helped the system truly take off. Nintendo has kept an exciting diet of original games and much-desired ports flowing, while sales success has ensured a steady flow of third-party support at retail and particularly on the eShop.
In combining the libraries and game styles that used to be divided between home consoles and portables, the Switch has become a bit of an all-you-can-eat feast. From remade classics, hugely hyped sequels and new IPs that have been surprising and delightful, the Switch has just kept the games coming. It’s a system that captured the zeitgeist at launch in 2017, then again in the strange times of 2020 and beyond. It’s also the system that, arguably, secured Nintendo’s ongoing role in gaming hardware when it was truly at threat.
So, we fought our personal corners — some of us a couple of times! — but now it's up to you lovely people to decide the fate of a generation. Let's see who triumphs in the never-ending battle between those twin demons, Recency Bias and Rampant Nostalgia...
What's that? "Where's the 'I can't possibly choose!' option?" Afraid you've got to pick a side on this one — no comedy poll options with a topic this incredibly serious! Feel free to elaborate in the comments below on why you DESPISE ALL NINTENDO CONSOLES EXCEPT THE TWO YOU PICKED.
SNES......no need to discuss further lol
I didn’t grow up with the SNES, so don’t have a ton of nostalgia there. So I will say switch!
For me each was the best during that period of my life. I loved the games growing up and was always super excited to play them, and count down days to release dates etc.
But going back to them.. eh. I enjoy some of the games, but not all of them like I used to. They all have their fun moments and their annoying quirks. In some cases quirks fixed by later remasters of the games etc.
So I guess by that logic I’ll say Switch. But I’m a few years time it won’t be switch. And I’m already starting to feel a bit fatigued with gaming at the moment.
3DS/Wii U era was peak Nintendo.
Sure, the Wii U hardware was a flop, but the first-party games output on both systems (big titles and little eShop ventures) were bold, inventive, and just plain good.
Nintendo was partnering up with other studios to do things like Hyrule Warriors and Tokyo Mirage Sessions. Nintendo was doing experimental things like NES Remix and Nintendo Land. Nintendo also wasn't shy about "little" eShop games that felt like big experiences, such as Dillion's Rolling Western and Pushmo (they were more open about exploring new IPs during the 3DS/Wii U era too).
Switch is a brilliant system, and my favorite system that I've ever owned. But the Switch's software output feels more "safe" than the previous gen. The Nintendo I fell in love with was less afraid to take risks.
@CharlieGirl What, the two consoles that were just trying to recapture the magic of the ones that came before them, rather than try to establish their own identities?
...hm, maybe they are peak nintendo.
(note: this is a joke, I do not really believe this is what Nintendo is like)
edit: caught you before the edit, when your post was just that top line, heh
The 3DS and Super Nintendo were hard to choose between, but I had to go 3DS. The library is amazing and it’s still a system I play regularly.
Loved the 3ds/wiiU era. It was magical
The 16bit SNES era, the true golden age without doubt.
That's crazy talk, I can't pick one. Anytime I consider the question I want to say "the SNES!.... no, but the N64..? GCN for sur- no the 3DS, no doubt. Switch is my final answer! (It isn't)"
The Super NES generation was the best. I mean c'mon we got masterpiece like Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Ys III, Donkey Kong Country trilogy, King of Fighters, Fatal Fury 2, Super Punch-Out!, Eternal Champions, Killer Instinct, Popful Mail, Chrono Trigger, Ristar, Rocket Knight Adventures, Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Super Mario World, F-Zero, Revenge of Shinobi, the Super Star Wars Trilogy, Final Fantasy IV, V, & VI, Wonder Boy games, Earthworm Jim 1 & 2, Golden Axe trilogy, Streets of Rage trilogy, Final Fight trilogy, Mega Man X trilogy, Breath of Fire II, Shadowrun, Aladdin, etc.
I grew up with NES, SNES, etc... so I was there since the beginning. But I would have to give it to Switch IMO, given the vast library of games, third party support, remakes of old classics and awsome first party games . 3ds is a close second.
Only the SNES has 5 games that if you said “X is the greatest game of all ,” nobody would argue with you. The 5 being Mario World, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy 6, Super Metroid, and Link to the Past. They might prefer Breath of the Wild or Mario 3, but they won’t argue if you prefer the SNES games.
It’s Wii U & 3DS. Nintendo stacked the 3DS library with a ridiculous amount of great games, with a strong diversity in genres. The contributions from Wii U are also just incredible. Nintendo delivered on the concept of asymmetric multiplayer and made several games that are not only phenomenal, but also just aren’t being made elsewhere.
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I have to say the Wii/ DS. Not only did the Wii have some of the best games ever made, but it was also backwards compatible with Gamecube games and had a great Virtual Library. The DS also played GBA games.
I can see why so many are saying SNES, though. That console really solidified many IPs established on the NES, like Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Metroid, and more.
SNES was best.
Switch is a close second.
N64 is the worst by a country mile.
Gamecube era is best and I will die on this hill. It's when Nintendo perfected 3D and games feel fully realized in the third dimension. Also the era where Nintendo gamers were most full of expression, charm, and secrets before nerfing and standardizing to the "family friendly cookie cutter" image of the Wii era.
Ds/wii for me because that was when Nintendo was maxing out the creativity and personality in their games, while not engaging in the scummy business practices they did in the 90s or nowadays. Plus I’m a sucker for 2000’s stuff
Super Metroid alone, obligates me to say SNES. That was the 1st game that gave me real emotions ( other than, frustration or anger ) and cemented the idea, that video games are in fact more than just silly games. They’re art
Edit: the ending sequence, from when you 1st the encounter the Metroids, to when you fly away from an exploding planet, was an incredible roller coaster ride. Mother Brain killed my baby. When I heard the Metroid cry out before dying, I was devastated, like she killed my cat and sought immediate revenge. I’ll never forget it. I actually cried, pointed at the screen and yelled “ your F’n DEAD B$&@#!!!” The music kicked in, the Hyper Beam turned on and furiously lit her murderous a&& up. Then, just as I was calming down… a self destruct timer! Oh crap! My ship is waaaay back there Go Go GO!!! Yeah, it was sensory overload and I walked away dizzy from the experience. Amazing
SNES and N64 was god tier but GameCube had a lot of good N64 games ported as well as many other top games. Likewise in that era the GBA. An easy win.
I'm torn between 3DS/Wii U and Switch but voted for the latter as Switch is the first Nintendo generation where I've been drowning in backlog. 3DS/Wii U is a close second because the smaller games are missing on Switch (e.g. Pushmo, Dillon, Mario vs. DK, Dr. Mario/Luigi) and Switch's handling of retro games is rather poor, referring specifically to Virtual Console being scrapped in favour of NSO.
SNES for me, it had this combination of wow-factor from the technical advancement and the games still holding up well today.
Second place GC/GBA era, but that’s mostly carried by the GBA.
My Best Nintendo machines:
5. Wii U
I don't play SNES and NES games anymore.
I have no interest with N64 games so I put N64 at very Bottom.
It used to be the SNES, but come on, the Switch is the greatest console ever made! If Nintendo started from square one with the Switch then the console is this era's NES. And I can't wait to see the SNES equivalent!
(But the N64 has to get an honorable mention for reinventing gaming in so many ways. Commercially poor but I guess it was ahead of it's time.)
Love all the Nintendo consoles and have owned them all, but the Switch is my favorite.
It's hybrid nature and Animal crossing sealed the deal for me.
It goes without saying that every generation was better than the one that came before (with the possible exception of SNES to N64), but for nostalgia and time invested in the machines, GBA gets my vote, narrowly beating the SNES.
Lost count of the number of times my batteries died when playing Pokemon Emerald, Fire Emblem, Advance Wars, etc)
Overall, probably Wii U/3DS, although Switch is finally edging out 3DS as my favorite singular Nintendo device.
Easily the Wii/DS era. I have tons of nostalgia for that era and it had some of my favourite Nintendo games. I love the Switch, but the Wii/DS era I like more.
Yeah I didn't think about the Wii and DS being backward compatible with Gamecube and GBA. Plus, as you said, the Wii had most of the best games from NES, SNES, N64, Sega Genesis...on Virtual Console.
GameCube with Gameboy Advance was the best
I'm personally nostalgic for N64, but nothing can beat the variety and creativity of the GCN/GBA era.
I have lived through them all and my choice is the Gamecube generation. That cute little box of a console was a powerhouse for its day. There were multiplatform games like RE4 and Soul Caliber 4 that actually played and looked the best on a Nintendo system. I don't think that feat has been repeated since. First party games like Wind Waker and Metroid Prime boldly went in a new direction and masterpieces were created. Oh yeah, I almost forgot the GBA player accessory. Gamecube #1 !
I gotta go with the NES/GB. It was when Nintendo started going into console gaming and made some of the best and revolutionary games. No other generation came that close.
SNES and Wii are also great too. Wii U is definitely the worst.
I suppose for me it could be a tie between the GC/GBA (especially with a Game Boy Player) and Wii U (yes, really)/3DS eras. The Wii/DS era is also a runner up thanks to the former's Virtual Console and the latter's solid library of games.
The Switch still has a long way to go before it is even considered a favorite of mine.
I'd go with
3DS/Wii U(I'm including DS/Wii BC)
SNES/Gameboy(Not counting VB, lol and the Gameboy lasted throughout the SNES' life anyway)
DS/Wii is a very close fourth.
The N64/GBC era was easily the best. If you experienced it, you know.
In retrospect, I feel like almost every generation was the best Nintendo Generation at the time. Every single generation has had must play games and cool, new experiences.
I would say 3 of the most amazing eras for me were NES, DS, and 3DS. I was really blown away at the time by each of these and fell in love with gaming a little bit more.
SNES 100%. That console was not only a pivotal moment for Nintendo, but for the industry as a whole.
Many of the game types we enjoy today had their genesis (no pun) on the SNES. It gave us the cinematic styled big budget AAA games we love today. The SNES controller layout became the industry standard; look at the Dualsense, Xbox pad, and Switch Pro controller. All take their button layouts from the SNES controller.
The NES revived the industry, but it was still a console built primarily on the mindset of the 80s arcade scene in terms of game archetypes. The SNES is what really created and solidified modern gaming.
It’s not only my favorite Nintendo platform of all time, it’s my favorite console, ever. It was groundbreaking in a way a console hasn’t been since. Without it, I wouldn’t have gotten to enjoy it’s true successor, the PlayStation, which built upon its concepts and expanded them.
I like the N64, I owned one during its hey day. But it never felt like the proper sequel the SNES. The PlayStation was the proper successor. When I got my PS1, my first reaction was “this is the next evolution of what the Super Nintendo started. This is where gaming is headed.”
May be the nostalgia speaking, but I think the wii u is way better than everyone says it is. Most of the good games on switch are just ports from the wii u (including breath of the wild, if you think about it). And the 3ds? Perfect in every way. Gen 6 Pokémon is also the best thanks
Just so you guys get reminded of a few top notch classics:
Metroid Prime, Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, Mario Kart Double Dash, Baten Kaitos, tales of symphonia, Fire Emblem Path of Radiance, Eternal Darkness, Resident Evil REmake, Zero and 4, Soul Calibur II with Link, Pikmin, Super Monkey Ball, F-Zero GX, Paper Mario the Thousand year door, Mario Strikers, Smash Bros Melee, …
What’s that? Yes, these are all one of the finest games ever made. Yes, it’s true that all these gems were released on one console. No way? Yes way. And the GBA has a similar lineup of high quality games, and that lineup includes most of the best SNES games.
That’s why that generation stands proud and tall above all other generations, in all its glory, in a beacon of Sunshine. The generation where Nintendo was at its Prime.
Nintendo Switch, imo. Switch got almost very good third-party support that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS didn't. Switch is good hybrid console. Switch looks pretty and charming... But, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS looks pretty and charming too as well, ha... Switch have the best fighting games library(if compare to other Nintendo consoles, of course). Switch(especially OLED model) is portable console with the most biggest screen among other portable consoles. Switch got good library of exclusives... Not the best(the best is Nintendo DS or Wii library of exclusives), but still. And... Several other personal reasons.
@OrtadragoonX I felt the exact same way about the PS1 being the true successor to the Super Nintendo. There was so much of that continued spirit of fun and innovation. Plus, PS1 games didn't look as sludgy as the N64.
The first Nintendo generation was the best. NES/Gameboy brought the the games later consoles would try to replicate the sheer joy of. Graphics got better, worlds got bigger, but with NES you saw it for the first time and it was every bit exciting.
I became a Nintendo enthusiast during the N64/GBC era and played a lot of GBA, DS and 3DS games, but I think the Switch is the culmination of everything I love about Nintendo.
It contains what excited me about their handheld consoles (Pokémon and strategy RPGs) and their home consoles (Zelda, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros.); it also allowed me to discover franchises (Dragon Quest, Xenoblade), to play exciting indie games (in particular Horizon Chase) and to revisit classic RPGs from the SNES, PS1, PS2 and PS3 catalogues (in the case of the latter three, thanks to their best third-party support since the 16-bit generation).
I'm torn between Wii/Ds and Wii U/3ds.
While the 3ds is my favorite console of all time, I also have a lot of memories with the DS and Wii.
The switch is good too and has an amazing catalog of games, but it's plagued by a ton of unnecessary issues that are only present on Nintendo and honestly have no business existing.
(Garbage hardware, lack of basic features after years, Nintendo being more Anti-Consumer than ever etc.)
I'll just split between Wii/Ds and Wii u/3ds era, while leaning more on the latter because it contains my favorite console.
And since everyone is ranking consoles:
I will go Wii / Ds currently.
The Switch doesn’t take it for now.
Needs a few more big AAA in house games.
If we get BOTW2 and AAA Mario or DK 3d platformer then the Switch might edge it.
Time will tell.
SNES - and that includes the VB. VB Wario Land is one of the best games Nintendo has ever put out.
For me its the Snes. It was an Nes on steroids. After that consoles were meh
Nostalgia would make me chose the SNES or N64, but common sense goes for the Switch. It has some of the very best games ever made. Even if the SNES and N64 have some legendary games, some of them haven't aged well at all.
I chose the Wii U era. Nintendo was in a bad place, so they had to crank out really good games. It's kind of like the GameCube. Both the Wii U and GameCube are considered failed consoles, but look at the libraries! Huh?
The Wii/DS era was close.
SNES, GameCube e Switch are the best Nintendo generation, they all feature the best games of Nintendo franchises.
It used to be the GameCube, but I honestly think the Switch has surpassed it.
It just has such a hefty library, with all my favorite childhood games either ported or remastered--Crash, Spyro, Battle for Bikini Bottom, Ty the Tasmanian Tiger, Zombies Ate My Neighbors--the definitive Smash Bros. game, the definitive Mario Kart game which will have almost 100 race tracks by the time it's all said and done, Super Mario Maker 2 which is better than the original in every way, the first 3D Kirby game, the first open-world Pokémon, the first Metroid game I didn't quit out of frustration, all the Wii U ports, an online catalog of NES, SNES, and N64 games with potentially more platforms in the future...
And that's not even counting the ports of games I wanted to play for years but unfortunately missed out on the first time around: A Hat in Time, Pac-Man Championship Edition, Katamari Damacy, Okami, Sonic Colors... Oh--and there's also the really niche games that no one was asking for except me: Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune, a Nickelodeon racing game / fighting game... I could go on.
Ironically, GameCube is pretty much the only thing missing. If they add GameCube games to NSO, Nintendo Switch will be a fundamentally perfect console, and I'll never complain about anything ever again. I still think the GameCube overall has a better first-party library than Switch, as there have been lots of duds met with mixed reception like Super Rush, Star Allies, Origami King, Aces, and Super Mario Party. But they've been doing a great job listening to consumer feedback this gen and rectifying their missteps by giving us an absolutely amazing Kirby and Mario Party afterward and making the online subscription more compelling. I've had my heart broken multiple times, but I think the next Paper Mario is finally gonna be when Nintendo gets it right, and I can't wait for that day.
It's an amazing time to be a Nintendo fan. I'm so excited to see what the next few years hold!
Objectively the Switch is the best consoel, but the commradarie that the WiiDS era offered was unparalleled.
Oof, the DS is the only dedicated handheld that isn't held back by its corresponding home console.
The SNES has an absolutely stellar library, and is probably Nintendo's "relative" peak, in terms of how it stacks up with its contemporaries. That said, I think it's hurt most by where it falls in the chronology - I can play so many of the greatest SNES games on later systems (including the Switch).
I picked the Switch, which is mostly down to the combination of 1) a hybrid system being absolutely perfect for how I like to game, and 2) the sheer number of games I can play on it (including so many games from generations I completely missed for one reason or another). It would have been a much harder choice if I was judging purely on at-the-time-exclusives.
+1. I really liked the games on Game Cube and Wii U. Lots of great memories.
I really liked the ability to play Mario Kart 8 on the gamepad of the Wii U.
But now the Switch has taken all the good stuff (including many of the games) from the old systems, along with letting you play both on-screen as well as handheld . . . it makes it hard not to pick the Switch. Even though it feels like a cop-out answer LOL.
I was at the start, so the NES, GB holds a lot of nostalgia for me, and I do play those games often out of all the systems( which I have and still work, never was able to get the VB though), my most favorite was the Game Cube. I got much use and enjoyment from it and thanks to the Wii and Wii U homebrew, still get much enjoyment from. Makes me wish Game Cube was native on Wii U, but it runs well. Being a parent of a young one though, I usually play from the NES/GB/SNES because those allow the quick hits. Each system has it's charms though.
I picked the Switch.
It let's you play single player. Multi-player up to 4 local. More if on-line.
You can play new games and old games.
What's not to like? LOL.
I acknowledge that each system brought something new to the table. But IMHO the Switch nicely brings a lot of the good stuff all into one system.
Interesting poll results. I accidentally voted Wii U and 3DS thinking it said Wii and 3DS. Wii U and 3DS was a great era but for your typical Nintendo fan N64 era or Wii era would be the top option
5. 3DS/Wii U/Switch
The best games that Nintendo has ever made are on SNES, N64 and NGC. Wii is lower-quality but fun. Wii U and Switch are the most disappointing Nintendo generation and I never had the NES. 3DS has the best portable game library.
It's really hard for me to pick a single Nintendo generation that was my favorite. I love them all and still have every system hooked up to my living room TV. There's really something to love with each console. Each one fits a specific mood and evokes a specific nostalgia. In the end, I would have to go with Switch simply because I get a little bit of everything and can take it with me, wherever I go.
Switch #1! SNES close second, great memories.
Torn between Switch and GameCube/GBA. GBA might be the greatest RPG and Metroidvania machine of all time, so many great games released on the system. The GameCube was great as well, although I haven’t played as many games as I would like. However, the Switch, quite simply, has all the games. Both are really good, but the Switch is just slightly better.
GameCube. My favourite games ever came out of that era. It was also Nintendo at its most experimental, I feel, with both its game library and all the wacky accessories like the link cable, microphone, e- reader and Game Boy Player. I also love, love, LOVE the console itself.
I'm pretty torn between the Snes and N64 eras, a lot of nostalgia for both. I think Snes takes it tho.
today we mourn user SNESDisney who would have had an opinion on this for sure
joking aside, i'd go ds/wii era, as much as i love the gamecube and gba era and its experimentation, i feel like a lot of gamecube games do not hold up terribly well, and although those are usually the exceptions to the rule, they're pretty big names to not hold up. the wii and ds' gimmicky nature also allowed a whole lot of experimentation and expansion on classic concepts in new ways while simultaneously adding a lot of accessibility
There aren't any original Switch games that are as special to me as my favorites from older generations, but since it's gotten most of those favorites as ports/remasters, there's no argument for me that the Switch library is king. After that, it's hard to pick a winner between the previous three generations because the 3DS library destroys the Gameboys/DS, but Wii U fell short of GameCube/Wii and had most of its exclusive library eaten by the Switch.
It is a tie for me between the NES and Wii U/3DS.
I cannot pick between the two. However, if I could have every game playable for each console, and I had to pick, it would be the Wii U/3DS. Simply because I would get most of the NES library with the Wii/Wii U Virtual Consoles.
They should have called the Wii U the NES HD. Simultaneously harking back to the origins of Nintendo's video game history and at the same time looking forward to a new era of HD TV.
Although, after SEGA's demise, it was the Wii that got me back into gaming. So much fun with MK Wii.
SNES seems like the coolest system honestly. Games and the development at that time seems the most interesting to learn about.
This is likely just nostalgia speaking, but I grew up with the Wii/DS generation and I'm glad I did. Not only is this the first generation that put Nintendo in the spotlight since the NES, but what other console can most people say that they could play with their grandparents? Even to this day, my nan and grandad still play Wii sports on their Wii.
And with the DS came the advent of worldwide multiplayer on Nintendo games. This is the one generation that everyone can relate to. Pretty much everyone had or played on a DS or Wii. It just proved that you don't need high-end technology to have a good time.
Sure, the switch is pretty much just as popular, but the Wii and DS still kept the fun, experimental side of things that past generations had.
Again, some of my point is just nostalgia speaking, but this generation was the peak point of "Nintendoness".
The SNES really grabbed gaming for me even though I gamed a fair bit on the early Atari consoles.
However, Wii DS got my kids into gaming. They now play PS4 games and Switch games (the younger two the Switch). I loved the console too. So that gen is the one that just shades it.
The Switch is a very close third to those consoles.
SNES/GameBoy, followed by Switch.
It is a tough one. The SNES had a huge number of bona fide classics that hold up even to this day. The GameCube also produced some stellar entries to some of Nintendo’s greatest franchises and the GBA had the spirit of the SNES with several rereleases / ports. I also can’t deny that the Switch generation has been a great one for Nintendo.
In the end though, the GC / GBA era remains my most memorable.
I love all of the handhelds and most of the home consoles.
But it's hard to rank generations: they're all great in different ways. My nostalgic kid heart beats the hardest for N64/GBC, but I wouldn't pick it as my favorite.
NOTHING can beat getting a Snes with Mario World for my 14th birthday in July '92. Still remember unwrapping it and screaming with delight. Me and my best pal played all day/night for days.
I’ve played since the N64/Gameboy Color generation and was able to buy most games I wanted to play since the Wii/DS generation. Although the Wii U is still my favorite console in terms of its innovation, it was a rough time with a ton of disappointments. My ranking would be:
5. Wii U/3DS
The Switch has largely been everything I have wanted from Nintendo.
Shouldn't GBC be with snes and VB be with N64?
In my head the GB should be paired with the SNES (especially with the Super Game Boy), and they’re an unbeatable pair.
I'm torn personally, cause I played games on SNES the most, out of any generation, but the N64 era felt like a true era of innovation. SNES games have aged better, visually anyway, than N64 games, but they were more often than not just better looking takes on formulas established during the 8-bit generation before it. When things went 3D with N64, and especially for Nintendo franchises cause not all franchises that were popular in 2D made a successful jump to 3D (ahem... Sonic) , it felt like the future had just been brought forward cause everything felt radically different in 3D. We will never experience another technological jump forward like this again.
@riggah GBC was released in late 1998, AFTER N64 and after the SNES had already been discontinued. VB was 1995, still contemporary with the SNES as the N64 hadn't released yet anywhere in the world.
Since we are ranking them…
2. Game Boy Advance
I skipped Nintendo entirely for the 7th generation of consoles and I only had a DS for two years. So I can’t comment on the Wii, Wii U, or 3DS.
I grew up during the SNES/N64 days, though first console was a NES, and despite my fondness for that time, I think on average, once you factor in the great import library: WiiDS is where it's at. 😎
I'm glad you didn't give GB to the SNES era or the poll would have been far too lopsided.
For me, it's easily the N64 (I didnt even have a game boy back then). Even though I've been gaming since the NES, the N64 holds the most precious gaming memories to me. Playing Mario 64 for 8 months straight as my only game, and never getting tired of it. Endless multiplayer days with Goldeneye, Mario Kart 64, Diddy Kong Racing and Bomberman 64. Being blown away by Starfox 64 and Ocarina of Time. Just those games alone, and that time of gaming in my life is a period that can never be beaten.
I never owned a Wii. I hate motion controls with a passion so for me I would have been throwing away 200 dollars.
Even today, I don’t use motion controls on my Switch. The one motion control gimmick I invested in was PlayStation Move and I regret that decision to this day.
Give me a mouse and keyboard or a controller. That’s the only way I can have fun.
@riggah I believe the GBC was a fallback once the VB failed. However the SNES had the Super Game Boy which was pretty awesome for the time.
This is ridiculous—SNES should be paired with the original Gameboy! The meaty part of each console’s lifespan aligned perfectly. That right there was my childhood in a nutshell.
Since they were split up I begrudgingly had to go with Switch
Has to be the SNES. They took over at that point for a while. Can't be the Switch. What games have they launched exclusively that are lasting? It's been dry to say the least for over a year. BOTW was a WiiU and Switch game. Switch is popular but so weak in exclusives now.
The Switch has by far been the most played console I have ever owned. The only thing holding it back was the amount of games ported over from the Wii U. While all great games, Wii owners would have preferred new games rather than paying twice for very similar copies of Mario Kart, BOTW, Donkey Kong to name a few.
@OrtadragoonX To each their own, but when I think of the Wii, the best games, IMO, weren't overly reliant on the motion controls (Galaxy 1&2, Punch-Out, Rhythm Heaven, etc.). The main buoy of that generation for me was the DS though. Still the best single library of any Nintendo console IMO, with the only possible competitor being SNES. It's a shame you only had it for a couple years. That's how I was with GBA which is why I'm pretty meh towards the GBA.
I would have said the SNES... until the Switch came out. Now I will say the Switch.
For Nintendo consoles, for me, it's Switch, then SNES, then NES. After that, a bit of a gap, then N64, Gamecube, Wii U and Wii.
@Darknyht yea I knew the VB came out in 95 due to the N64 being delayed. I always linked snes to GBC with one another, I think because of the super game boy
Most nostalgic or formative for me would probably be the N64 and Gameboy Years. My favourite overall might be the Switch (mostly from standing on everything that came before it). The SNES is also a strong contender with so many strong entries in what are now long standing franchises.
@Kid_Sickarus With all the ports and e-shop support, you just said the Wii U. It has all the best games from NES and up, plus about half of the Switch's library (since they're all Wii U ports anyway)
Switch > SNES/VB > NES/GB > N64/GBC > GC/GBA > Wii/DS > WiiU/3DS.
Closest matchup imo are 2nd and 3rd as VB is a non-contender and SNES is just barely better than NES and GB combined. The rest of it’s a pretty gradual slope. All very fun generations in their own way.
I think talking Nintendo software specifically would be an equally interesting conversation. Switch is #1 in large part because of versatility, library size, and 3rd party support. Looking exclusively at Nintendo titles would be a very different list, as wonderful as a few Ninty-published Switch games are.
It’s gotta be SNES generation. Too many great games that could claim best ever title. And then for me it was Nintendo Power magazine. It was a a very fun time, it didn’t feel very corporate like everything is nowadays.
There's something about recent generations that seem ephemeral. Maybe it's the decline in physical games, the lack of magazines and instruction books, the nearly empty box games come in now. Games and console operating systems need updates. My Switch seems fragile. It's got this screen I need to protect and controllers that become faulty in a few months. My TV seems fragile. It's not the heavy glass box CRTs were. At any moment, Nintendo can pull the plug on its infrastructure and we'd lose tons of games. It all seems unreal.
I guess that's not the real point of the question, but I think a lot can to be said for how grounded in reality past generations were.
In terms of hardware, I’d say the Switch for sure. The features on it are absolutely great. Software is a little tougher though. I hate to say it, but I’m gonna have to rule out NES, SNES, and N64 right off the bat. There are great games on each, but I feel like many of them do feel a little dated (they are literally but you know what I mean). I think I’d have to go with the Switch again, so Switch for the win!
Snes should be paired up with Game Boy. The super Famicom came up just a year after the Game Boy did in Japan. But with these combinations selected, I picked Wii/DS with Gamecube/GBA right behind. SNES/Game Boy would be right up there if you all actually used the correct pairing lol
Everybody that was alife in the snes era, know that was the best generation. It was in a time where there was no online walkthrough, review or anything. Now we have like 50%+ of all releases that try to catch that 16bit pixel vibe in a game and for a good reason.
I voted for N64 and GBC because I have so many memories with them. Even though I started off with NES like every 80s kid, something about GBC makes me feel so emotional about my childhood, I can't quite explain it. And no emulation makes me feel that way: I need to see every pixel in the screen (just like the picture you guys used to illustrate this).
I see those pixels and man, my heart burst in joy.
And N64 was simply so iconic in every level. Nothing will ever top the emotion I felt playing Mario 64 for the first time.
The joystick is so iconic too.
All that being said, I can't acknowledge the amazingness the Switch is. I'm enjoying these years so much with the Switch. (I did enjoy 3DS too but this is superior.)
I have a lot of fond childhood memories of my Wii and ds (yes I'm gen z) but I think I've played more Nintendo games than ever on my switch, so it's one of those two
Best (in order)
1º Nintendo Wii
3º Nintendo Switch
Worst (in Order)
1º Virtua Boy
2º Nintendo 64
3º Wii U
I don’t know. I really like all the consoles that Nintendo has made.
I think the period from 1985-present is Nintendo's best.
Their handheld game has always beenon point and while some of their console had a bit of a lukewarm public perception they always warmed the cockles of my heart.
The Switch is the best by a long shot, so many high quality games pushing the boundaries of their IPs with creative ideas.
I voted GameCube and GBA. What was good about SNES you had pretty much with GBA (except for multiplayer and sound quality). GameCube was the one era since Sony entered the fray where Nintendo's hardware specs were not far removed from the others and thus got high quality third party support. It was the brief overlap when newer (Animal Crossing, Pikmin, Luigi's Mansion) and older franchises (F-Zero, StarFox, Wave Race) were both active and good. Sure it had the worst flagship Mario, but it had our only Metal Gear Solid. Sega gave us peak Monkey Ball and revived Sonic. Capcom debuted artsier games from Suda51 and Hideki Kamiya. Mario & Luigi felt more like SMRPG than Paper Mario. Klonoa came to Nintendo. We got the Famicom Wars and Fire Emblem series in the West. NBA Street is probably the final good successor to NBA Jam.
But we did lose Rare, and EA published more games for it than Nintendo.
Like it or not but it was the Wii. The console saved Nintendo from becoming dangerously irrelevant in an industry that needs them around. Within the first year we had a brand new Zelda, Mario and Metroid. The Virtual Console was brill.
Although Nintendo went a little too far towards the mass market circa 2008 they managed to pull things back towards 2010 with brand new instalments of GoldenEye, Sin and Punishment and the brilliant Wii Sports Resort whilst their rivals were trying to copy them.
In 2011 we got Skyward Sword, a brave attempt to do something different with the Zelda template. We also got Xenoblade and The Last Story, 2 of the greatest JRPGs ever made.
I feel like this poll is really just collecting information about how old everyone on the site is. Your own generation is usually the best generation.
SNES, but that's probably my childhood talking. Still, Final Fantasy II (iv) and III (vi), along with Ogre Battle, Mario Kart, Super Metroid, Link to the Past, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana... Good lord, the memories.
DS was top notch in its library quality. Wii not so much.
SNES and Switch are peaks as well.
I would say GBA or DS, both have amazing game libraries.
N64 was amazing. Playing Super Mario 64, a real 3D game was a giant leap and then Goldeneye which was an amazing first-person shooter were such mammoth leaps from the previous console generation and left me with a sense of wonder which has never been topped since. N64 was the golden era for me.
If this is strictly about Nintendo, it's the DS/Wii era by a decent margin. The Nintendo DS has the best Nintendo library of any system they've made, and its companion console that generation, the Wii, arguably may have the second. This generation is also the peak of Nintendo creativity in terms of how consistent their creativity was on display in their games. I mean it has got Metroid Prime Hunters, New Super Mario Bros., Nintendogs, Electroplankton, Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks, Bowser's Inside Story, Partners In Time, Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol, Custom Robo Arena, Meteos, Tetris DS, Animal Crossing: Wild World, WarioWare: Touched!, Mario Kart DS, Mario Party DS, Picross 3D. Metroid Prime Pinball, Elite Beat Agents, Rhythm Heaven, Kirby Mass Attack, Magical Starsign, Aura-Aura Climber, the Art Style puzzle games, Star Fox Command, X-Scape, Super Mario 64 DS, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn...The Nintendo DS hasn't been touched since in my opinion.
With the Wii, there's Xenoblade Chronicles (one of the most impressive games ever associated to Nintendo), Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, Metroid Prime 3, Metroid Prime Trilogy, Metroid: Other M, Mario Kart Wii, Kirby's Epic Yarn, WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Wii Fit, Donkey Kong Country Returns...Not as many great games as the Nintendo DS, but still a very enjoyable, creative and memorable line of experiences from the Wii.
I've been there from the beginning and it's tempting to go with NES/GameBoy based on my nostalgia for the age of Nintendo's imperial age of undisputed dominance. (We weren't playing "video games" in the late 80's, we were playing "nintendo").
But honestly the Switch is such a wonderful thing. They finally married console and portable gaming into one device. It has more 3rd party support than the company's enjoyed in decades, maybe ever. It's a 5-yr-old console that was already underpowered compared to its peers that's still more than holding its own against a newer, even more powerful generation of competition.
Easy choice for me.
Honestly it is probably the Switch.
I have SO much Nostalgia for the Wii U/3DS era - it was the directs and simple fun (which contrasted so heavily with what the rest of the industry was doing) that kept me so engaged and made me the Nintendo fan I am.
GameCube/GBA does have a string of bangers though, if I had any nostalgia for that era I'm sure it would be in my top.two
My favorite generation(s): SNESwitch
Probably the wii/ds due to the fact that hose wre the systems i grew up with.
I’m having a very hard time between Gameboy Color/N64 and 3DS.
I grew up with the first, while the latter carried me through me twenties. In any case, they’re absolute banger generations! I chose N64/GBC though because no matter what, I’ll always find something to play if either is infront of me.
SNES. Nintendo were at the top of their game churning out genre defining titles like Mario Kart and Zelda 3 on cutting edge technology. What a shame they lost their crown later by using carts instead of discs for the N64, a mistake they've never fully recovered from.
SNES easily, this was a time when it felt like Nintendo owned the industry with constant hit after hit every year of both first and third party titles.
The N64, GameCube, and Wii U all had great games, but these were no doubt low points in Nintendo's career. The handhelds always did well by maintaining a strong library of first parties with great third party support. The Wii is a bit different since despite it selling well based on it being a brief fad, the support and hype for it died quick from 2008-12.
The Switch is awesome and finally feels like Nintendo reclaiming the throne, I just hope they dont ruin this momentum with the next system.
I basically agree with this. Though, I think the gamecube was a fine console for its time.
The handheld systems have gotten better with each generation, whereas the home systems have been pretty hit and miss. Switch wins because they've perfected handheld play and technology has caught up to the state that top tier gaming experiences are possible handheld. Plus their first party output is as brilliant as the SNES games.
Nintendo has always made baffling media decisions.
The N64 cartridge being the most egregious one, but I would say the GameCube’s 1.5GB mini-DVDs was a questionable decision as well.
To this day, I have no honest idea why Nintendo went that route with the GameCube. 1.5GB was not enough for sixth generation AAA gaming.
It took almost 3 mini-DVDs to equal a single layer DVD. There’s a reason the GameCube, which otherwise got excellent third party support by Nintendo standards, got glossed over for some of the biggest third party games of that era like Grand Theft Auto and Metal Gear Solid 2.
IMO, Nintendo should have used full sized dual layer DVDs like the PS2 and Xbox for the GameCube. It kept up with the Xbox in sales for the entire generation. If Microsoft could convince Rockstar to port GTA games to the Xbox, there’s no doubt Nintendo could have done the same if Rockstar wouldn’t have had to reengineer their games around multiple discs.
For me it was the SNES. The library of great games alone made it for me. So many classic now got their start there. Then there were Arcade ports as well. Definitely the best and greatest gen.
Switch gets my vote. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Luigi's Mansion 3, Super Mario Maker 2, Splatoon 2, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Astral Chain, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Arms, Paper Mario The Origami King, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity, Kirby Star Allies, Mario Party Superstars, Metroid Dread. What an amazing library.
Gamecube/GBA and SNES are the runner-ups for me.
There’s way more love for the N64 than I thought there would be.
It had some great games, but overall the system was and still is a huge disappointment for me.
I think if the PlayStation wouldn’t have existed I’d feel differently. But I had both and to me the PlayStation was the dramatically better console.
It was hard not to compare them at the time, but I felt like (and still feel like) the PlayStation is what the N64 should have been. A system that built on the SNES’s concepts rather than throwing them all away. I ended up with a pretty impressive PlayStation library. My N64 library was only about 10 games at the end, all of which other than Rogue Squadron were developed by Rare or Nintendo.
Gamecube and GBA era was the peak.
Perfect combination of beloved IPs getting healthy sequels, and lots of new IPs and good 3rd party support.
Wii and DS era are not far behind.
Motion controls, when implemented well, were fun to use, and immersive. This era gets criticized for the amount of shovelware that appeared on wildly successful platforms, but there was no shortage of gems either.
Wii U and 3DS was largely crap.
Some good titles, but many bad, anti-consumer decisions, and Nintendo's own stubbornness made this hard to live through. Felt like taking a bullet for Nintendo.
Switch era is ironic and full of duality.
Simultaneously lots of good games and also lots of rehashed games. 5 years in and I still do not feel I am missing out by not being a Switch owner.
GCN+GBA is just unfair for me, but if I wasn't a Melee addict (and an F-Zero GX junkie), I probably wouldn't feel that way. GCN definitely had its weaknesses. Switch probably is the correct answer. BotW is how Zelda was meant to be played since the NES original, Odyssey is the best Mario game ever, SMM2 is a lazy modder's dream, and the indie library is absurd. Oh, and it's a hybrid console/handheld.
This is a tough one...
The SNES was my entry drug into the world of Nintendo, largely thanks to SF 2. So many classic games.
But, as a combo the N64 and GBC is hard to beat. Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, all those...64 games (other than Superman, of course) a few ok Zelda and Marios too. That's not taking into account the great early Pokemon games and Tetris, portable, in color!
Switch will eventually surpass all thanks to it's huge library of current and classic games. But for now, I'll stick with N64 and GBC. As I moved into the Sony-verse for the Wii and Wii-U generations I can scientifically remove those from my thoughts. It does hurt to abandon the 3DS though.
So many memories with the GameCube. Amazing games and still the biggest leap in graphics between generations.
I put DS and Wii. Look at your collection and tell me you don't have a massive pile of high-quality DS games. Both systems sold extremely well which opened the floodgates to developers making excellent games for them. Sure, some devs took the easy way out and made shovelware, but there was a glut of fantastic games and sequels on them. DS/DSi alone had two Mario & Luigis, three Mario vs. Donkey Kongs, two Zeldas, three Tingles, four Kirbys, three WarioWares, two Fire Emblems, two Chibi-Robos, two Fossil Fighters, two Starfys, 12 Pokemons (grouping pairs together), three Castlevanias, six Ace Attorneys, four Prof. Laytons, eight Mega Mans (grouping counterparts together)... and that's not mentioning singular games like NSMB, Mario Kart, Mario Party, Super Princess Peach, DK Jungle Climber, Star Fox Command, Okami-Den, Wario: Master of Disguise, and more! That is a cavalcade of quality for just one handheld line!
Snes and Switch are in the lead .. i am happy so far with this polling. Good job peoples
The short answer is the greatest Nintendo gen is the one you grew up with.
For me, it was the NES / Gameboy - consider the context of their time and “adjust for inflation” and you could say their boom (in Japan and the US, at least) may never be equaled.
We who remember those days are old and stubborn now, so don’t bother trying to change our minds on this. 😉
So many Super Nintendo games have a timeless art style that will be loved forever.
It cannot be the Switch guys, yes that’s the console we are playing and enjoying at the moment. But did it have a game changing impact on the world of video games? No, it’s all ports ports ports ports, it’s severely underpowered and cannot run the best game of the moment (Elden Ring it makes me ohhh soooo mad). It’s probably on top 3 but not first. I put NES as this was the moment when video games was reborn into peoples home and away from Arcades. It was a ton of fun and had millions of original game changing games. SNES is second because it was better than the NES but did not change the landscape as much as the NES and GB.
I'll be bold and say GC and GBA. One mention of Metroid Prime is enough to convince me, while the GBA had so many 16-bit style games that made the SNES great. Of course, the GC had so many other great games like Rogue Leader and Mario Kart DD, while the GBA had Metroid Fusion and Metroid Zero, a great Castlevania trilogy and Advance Wars (yeah, yeah). Much like the SNES did to the NES, the GC evolved upon a relatively crude predecessor with superior graphics that just made everything much nicer. My second choice is the Switch era, then the SNES era, NES era, 3DS era and DS era. I would rate the 3DS and the DS eras higher if I actually cared about the Wii and WU. I boycotted them. As a combination, it's difficult to go past the GC+GBA era while, objectively, the NES+GB would be the next best. I'd also say the GB/GBC (they're the same) spanned 3 home systems (NES, SNES and N64) so it's bit of a dodgy situation splitting them up.
SNES will forever be my favorite console. The amount of games for the system that are STILL on everyone’s greatest of all time lists is staggering.
For console NES. For hand held, either the GBA or 3DS.
@Teksetter great answer!
It’s really hard to say each console has its moments. Got me tho GameCube holds my fondest memories. I was just starting to work and make my own money then so i got to start to build a good collection of games. The GameCube was the first time I ever participated in a midnight launch to. It’s also my favorite console in design. It looked so sturdy and really liked the indigo color. The controller is also my favorite.
For Nintendo, I’d go with Switch, but SNES/Game Boy was great during my childhood. Overall, PlayStation hands down.
I almost picked NES or SNES-- But then I realized some of the most memorable games from that time (some) are also playable on Switch, so... This fact combined with EVERYTHING else on the Switch has left me with no choice but to pick Switch. It's just SO MUCH game system despite what is lacks.
I voted SNES, but I think NES, SNES and N64 represents Nintendo at their creative peak. While they’re still a very innovative company, they don’t tend to make anything new anymore and just make sequels to the same games over and over.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing as Nintendo generally don’t make a sequel unless they feel they can make something new and unique with it, but it would be nice to see the Nintendo try more new franchises.
@BulkSlash I have no problem with sequels, just as long as they refine the formula more and add something new if needed. Kirby Star Allies is an example of a bad sequel(not a bad game, just more of the same) and Kirby And The Forgotten Land is an example of what I want out of a sequel by being both new and familiar.
@OrtadragoonX I think the problem at the time was that Nintendo didn't want to pay Sony any royalties for having to use their DVDs, so they opted for the mini DVDs to get around that.
Its a shame though, the DVDs would have helped a lot since a common problem for a lot of the games at the time such as Luigi's Mansion, Wind Waker, and Mario Sunshine was that despite looking better, they were short in length most likely because of the limited space.
SNES all the way
I would have thrown the Game Boy in with the SNES and Virtual Boy. It was actually a bigger part of the SNES generation than the NES generation. The NES was nearly 4 years old when the Game Boy was released. In contrast, the Game Boy was going strong all the way through the Super Nintendo's lifespan.
SNES, with respect for all of the choices
@Axecon It's sad that we never had a 3D Kirby game at the time
I wonder how it would have turned out with the different mindset Nintendo had.
The 3DS and Wii U, not just because of the current library of games, but also the potential that these consoles had. If the Wii U didn't fail, and Nintendo has the right marketing and release strategy, the 3DS and especially the Wii U would've been insane.
There's a lot of good ones there but I think the Wii and DS were the best. When traditional video games had become stale and redundant the Wii and DS showed that with new control setups, there could be new genres that never existed before. And not just that, but Nintendo brought back 2d Mario, and for the first time put out 2 3d Marios on one system, and Galaxy is easily one of the best games ever made.
And they finally got into indie gaming, so if I wanted to play another platformer I didn't have to spend $60 like before. Then Mario Kart DS was online (incredible at the time) and brought back retro tracks (a first for the series), and the Wii eshop had old retro games. I could play video games with my family and my grandparents for the first time ever, they never would have tried games if it weren't for Wii Sports, Bags, TV Show King 2, or Wii Play and it was always lots of fun. I love to draw and the DS actually let me do it or play things like Brain Age, Cooking Mama, or Tetris DS, and both the Wii and the DS were backwards compatible so that gives it an edge over the Switch.
Been around since the beginning, and I have to say Switch. It has every game I could ever want, and they are all portable (minus Wind Waker and Street Fighter 4).
Outside of Nintendo, the Wii DS Era was pretty magical for me for all the consoles at that time. Everything now is technical amazing but saturated and fleeting.
@BulkSlash Yeah, Nintendo has slowed down with the new franchises after the N64, but we still get a few.
GBA gave us Golden Sun, WarioWare, and Mario & Luigi. Gamecube gave us Luigi's Mansion and Pikmin. DS gave us Clubhouse Games and Starfy. Wii gave us Wii Sports, Wii Fit, and Wii Play. 3DS gave us Steel Diver, Codename S.T.E.A.M., and Ever Oasis. Wii U gave us Splatoon. Switch gave us Arms.
I'm sure I missed a few, but Nintendo has still created some new IPs this century.
Snes > Switch > all the rest.
But only because i have nostalgia for Snes games. The Switch have already a superior library in term of quality, content and numbers.
If GameCube was a loner, I'd taken that one. Instead Switch.
@Patendo Seriously. This shouldn't even be a discussion.
(Don't take this comment too serious please people)
Like the rule of thumb for which SNL cast was the best is always: "the one that one on TV when you were in high school".
I would say your favourite Nintendo console generation is probably the one that was out when you were around 8-15 years old.
I voted for the SNES because I consider the 16-bit generation to be the best generation in the history of gaming.
Nintendo and Sega fought each other in a brutal and often bitter war, and the result was the SNES and Genesis hosting some of the greatest games ever made.
Even the TurboGrafx-16 played host to numerous amazing games.
For me, the SNES is the perfect Nintendo console.
While the snes is a really good generations, I think switch is the number one nintendo console generation 😃
The Switch is sort of the penultimate console for me. It combines everything Nintendo has developed in the past and offers an extremely broad range of both new and retro games. The only things we're still missing is GB/GBA and GameCube games. Other than that, I just love my Switch and the community as well
@InJeffable The Game Boy not only managed to outlive the SNES, due to the fact that it could play dual GBC carts that had a mode that supported it, the Game Boy outlived the Nintendo 64 as well.
The last cart that was compatible with the OG Game Boy was a One Piece Game that came out in 2002.
That means the OG Game Boy outlived the NES, SNES, N64, and lingered on for a bit after the GameCube was released.
It also managed to survive despite two successors coming out with the Color and Advance.
The Game Boy not only outlived it's main rival the Game Gear twice(the second was an attempt to revive it as a budget system in the US in 2000 by Majesco) it outlived Sega's downfall as a hardware manufacturer.
The OG Game Boy survived for 13 years before finally going to it's grave, an impressive number especially given it outlived three of it's console rivals, it's more powerful competitors, and it's own successors.
The Game Boy had a longer lifespan then the Game Boy Color and Advance.
@Ade117 Oh yeah definitely, they can still work that magic when they want to. Even stuff like Labo and the remote controlled Mario Kart cars show they're still able to think up clever new things!
@retroman64 Absolutely. A lot of game companies tend to do more of the same with their sequels, but Nintendo are usually pretty good at trying to do something new with each game rather than just make a sequel with shinier graphics. Forgotten Land has been brilliant!
The Switch is awesome but for nostalgia reasons the SNES will always reign superior for me
Gameboy (1989) and SNES (1990) were the same era and wins in a landslide for me. Famicon/NES was 1983.
Gameboy Colour was part of the Gameboy Line not a separate generation. Altering history to fit neat boxes.
Switch simply has so many good games and a huge catalogue, some of them among the best reviewed games ever, and it also has great 3rd party support.
Also, it's a hybrid machine.
So, I voted Switch despite having owned all the consoles from Nintendo.
Currently pound for pound the 3DS and Wii U has the best gaming lineup (It's also most of the Switch's), but you would imagine the Switch will surpass that in the next 18 months.
@GoldenSunRM I count Air Ride as the first 3D Kirby game (City Trial in Air Ride on the GameCube) which was amazing, there was even full camera control and it was sandbox open-roam unlike the limited camera and linear level style of Forgotten Land. True, it's probably only the size of a single Mario Odyssey Kingdom but exploring the City is just so fun!! Kirby's also had 3D outings on other consoles too, namely the 3DS. And there were 3D Kirby games in development for GC/Wii before getting reworked into Return to Dreamland (one of my favorite games of all time) and other future titles. Yes, Forgotten Land is the fullest realization of the first 3D Kirby game but you can't argue what's come before doesn't count.
My favorite are GBA and Wii.
This is such a tough question. But I have to go with the SNES. It just had so many quality games. I feel like my brain has burn in from the Konami logo of the time too. The below were all solid gems - I do wonder what role nostalgia plays and what age you were at the time etc - but SNES was my golden era of gaming
Super Mario World
Super Mario All-Stars
A Link to the Past
Super Castlevania IV
Super Probotector / Contra III
Super Street Fighter II
Super Mario Kart
TMNT: Turtles in Time
Super Star Wars
The Wii era was Nintendo's highlight, that was so popular and that catapulted them to the top of the pile. But the industries most influential time was the N64/PS.
Both of these are times when the industry evolved from niche past times to main hobby for a wider range of people.
Edit: But the time I enjoyed the most was the GBA /Gamecube
Definitely the snes, guessing anyone saying the switch must be under 20
I went for Wii and DS, with Wii U and 3DS a close second for the reasons @CharlieGirl described. The games and hardware Nintendo released in those two generations felt more playful, experimental and just plain fun than anything before or since. Which is an opinion that almost certainly comes from nostalgia bias on my part as a Gen Z, but that's probably true for most people's favourite consoles.
Wii U and 3DS, hands down. The most obvious reason is a combination of complete backwards compatibility with Wii and DS, as well as the massive library of Virtual Console games (including the Wii's Virtual Console which, until it shut down, was completely accessible through the Wii U). Absolutely astonishing library packed with some of the very best games in Nintendo's entire library.
And the Wii U and 3DS had some amazing games in their own right, combining with the Wii and DS to continue to pop out surprising, experimental, unique, FUN games in a variety of genres. Splatoon originated here, Fantasy Life, I'll always contend that the 3DS era of Story of Seasons is the best Harvest Moon has ever been by a landslide, Xenoblade X is still an astonishingly unique open-world RPG experience, and dual-screen gaming made remakes of Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Wind Waker, and Twilight Princess (okay, that last one is more of a remaster, but I digress) practically the definitive versions of those games due to amazing quality-of-life features thanks to the dual-screen concept. Affordable Space Adventures only functions on the Wii U, an incredible experiment made possible by a wild, unique, entertaining concept that it doesn't look like we'll see explored ever again, which is a travesty.
That, and the Wii U and 3DS both have far more functional and feature-rich UIs and operating systems, putting the Switch to shame with their eshops, their menu options, sorting options, themes... they're just really well-designed systems, an era that showed that Nintendo was really moving forward, and for all the love I have for the Switch, I think they took a number of steps back that are just baffling in that department. Even now that the Switch has folders, they're... practically useless? They could have copied over the 3DS's user interface and it would have been practically perfect — and definitely better than what we have.
The Switch is wonderful, and I play it every single day. But nothing touches the massive library and enjoyable form factor and UI of the 3DS and Wii U for me.
SNES, with Switch and Gamecube close behind.
It's sooooo hard to decide. Is it the generation that introduced the most iconic series (NES)? The one that offered the most console innovation (Wii/DS)? The one that lets you play all the classic games AND modern classics (Switch)? Every Nintendo generation has offered something awesome. Personally, I'd have to go with SNES for its sheer amazing library and number of upper-echeclon games (A Link to the Past, Super Mario World, Super Metroid).
I love them all, so it's really hard for me, but I'm going to say SNES. Honestly the only generation I don't care for much is NES, it was my first console I played, but I really don't feel most of the games hold up very well anymore, there are a handful that do, like Zelda and Mario, but even major IPs on NES are kinda bad by today's standards like Metroid and Castlevania (don't get me wrong I like those games, but I wouldn't recommend them to anyone unless they were super interested). Gameboy I think fairs a bit better but only really because of the late releases/backward compatible GBC games. Never played a Virtual Boy so I won't comment on it. I really like both the N64 and GBC, N64 has some of the best couch multiplayer games of all time that are still super fun at parties today (the GameCube also is great in this regard). The Wii was just okay, but the DS was fantastic with tons of very unique and fun games. The Wii U and 3DS was peak Nintendo on weird and fun games, and the Switch had been a factory of new games, though it seems Nintendo has been playing the Switch with more safe releases, but it's been working for them. But something about the SNES... It might be some nostalgia, but I really think it was the pinnacle of 2D games, developers had really figured out the basics of controls and such by the time SNES came out, which led to a lot more experimentation that paid off with experienced developers.
went with the Wii U/3DS altho i prefer the GBA and DS over the 3DS, the Wii U is my favorite console hardware by far and the software libraries for both systems are outstanding especially when u factor in their bc with WiiDS and their robust Virtual Console libraries. While the Switch had a ton of great software, the hardware just doesn’t do it for me; I’ll take the comfort of the Wii U gamepad over the Switch in portable mode and the Wii U Pro controller/Wiimote/Classic Controller/SNES mini controller options over any of the Switch’s controller options while also appreciating the 3DS’s ability to be pocketed over.. not being able to do that with a Switch
Game Boy had plenty of overlap with SNES, so the Virtual Boy shouldn't even be an issue to those that prefer that era. For me it was an easy choice. My favorite era of Nintendo is Gamecube/GBA. Nintendo had some stiff competition and was the underdog on the home-console front, which resulted in some really great concepts and games from my perspective. Metroid Prime was brilliant and Wind Waker was excellent as well. The GBA was such a great machine for me too and kept my favorite kind of gaming(SNES-quality 2D, mostly) going.
For the longest time, my favorite gaming system (not just Nintendo), was the SNES. I absolutely love that console, but in the last year or so, the Nintendo Switch has replaced it as my favorite system.
Two great consoles with some stellar gaming libraries. If I had to do a top three, the third Nintendo system would be the 3DS, if I were to round out my top five systems (Nintendo or other wise), I would also add the PS2 and PS4 to the list.
SNES, hands down. Best era. less degeneracy and the gaming community was not infested and toxic as it is today.
For me personally I loved the Itowa Era 99-06
But in general terms SNES
Motion controls fizzled into nothing? I must've missed that memo, I find them pretty standard for aiming now, in BOTW etc. etc., I believe it was this very website that taught me how to turn them on in Pokemon Legends: Arceus and improved my experience. Praise Wii
NES/Gameboy for me.
Can't believe there isn't more love for the NES/GB era? Maybe it's because most people on this site were never around back then and thick those games are too hard and ancient nowadays?
Lmao at Virtual Boy being the portable counterpart of the Snes. The original gameboy peaked during Snes era, not Nes.
For me it's gotta be the Switch, the Gameboy and the N64.
GC and DS are my precious friends
I’ve always thought of it more as Game & Watch/NES, Game Boy/SNES, GBC/N64 and so on. Each generation’s handheld/home console release dates match up more closely that way, with each generation’s handheld debuting first, followed by its home console counterpart. Also Virtual Boy just realistically is not a handheld, it doesn’t come into this equation.
Indisputably the Switch. Great original games, plus access to so many great retro games, plus they can be played on TV or handheld. GC+GBA would be the next best, then Wii+DS, even thought I never owned a Wii. The DS itself was monumental.
@Mike1 Yes, too few of us were around during the NES+GB era. I was one that was, and I knock it back a little because there wasn't much difference between NES and GB games. In fact, GB games were often diluted versions of NES games, and it might have been a generation that someone only had a NES or GB, not both. It took me a few years to get a GB, and even then, I mostly stuck to the NES. If you compare GC+GBA, you had modern 3D games, plus 2D classics. Of course, the Switch does both. NES+GB are probably the best for historical reasons, setting off the home video game craze that's remained ever since. Younger people, growing up with games all their lives, don't appreciate the landmark excitement of playing quality video games at home. It was a magical period in that sense.
If I were limited to choose only one console generation my pick would definitely be Nintendo GameCube.
Switch. Not because of its hybrid function; the game catalogue is simply all time best.
Just based on my personal experience of living through all the generations, the 16-bit SNES era gets the win. And, for me personally, the SNES gets the win overall out of all Nintendo's consoles. It's not the most advanced console Nintendo has ever made, and it doesn't have all the features and capabilities of other newer Nintendo systems, but, for what it is, it's a nigh-on perfect experience, which is what I consider the most important factor of all. SNES is the goat.
Objectively (that is, nostalgia and taste aside), It is SNES. That console had all of the factors of a successful console: 1. powerful hardware, 2. relatively long life span, 3. great third party support, 4. great first party games (as in most N consoles), 5. tons of exclusive third party games, 6. smart way of increasing hardware power (=handling mid-generation crisis) by implementing chips into the cart and keeping itself relevant till the end of the generation.
Switch could have been the best Nintendo console, but its hardware limitation and lack of third-party AAA support and no mid-generation upgrades disqualify it.
While we wouldn't have any of this if not for the NES, the greatest generation was the SNES
Can't believe that Switch is winning. There are great games, sure, but many failed to deliver and let's not forget that Nintendo doesn't have to feed two machines but we're getting less games. And many less innovative games.
@DarkCoolEdge It is because many voters are young and never experienced the 90s or early 2000s N consoles.
If they’d just release Metroid Prime Trilogy and the Zelda WW and TP HD ports, Switch has essentially made both Wii and Wii U redundant for me. The mix of great new titles and the breadth of its choice ports really does feel like it’s almost
bookending Nintendo’s entire 3D era.
At worst I think Switch is Nintendo’s best home console in 25 years. At best, perhaps its greatest ever hardware, period.
SNES was the last Nintendo console that if you owned nothing else, you'd still be happy. Every console since then, you'd have to have a Sony/Microsoft console for the newest and bestest games... and then a Nintendo console for Mario/Zelda etc. With that being said, SNES is the best console, hands down. Switch is a close second, and while it's still quite under powered, (and you need a Sony/MS/PC for a full gaming library), you can't compete with the breadth of games that are on the Switch.
The amount of people sleeping on the N64 is quite baffling. The system gave us Mario 64, Zelda Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask (those three games alone are in constant discussion of best of all time on any system), Paper Mario, Banjo Kazooie, Turok 1-3, Wave Race, 1080, Mario Party 1-3 (the best ones), Star Fox 64, Perfect Dark, the original Smash Bros, Castlevania Legacy of Darkness, Mischief Makers, Ogre Battle 64. I can go on... But, it just seems odd that the Wii U is getting more love here than the system that gave us Bomberman 64 and Snowboard Kids.
I think all Nintendo consoles excelled at something and you can argue one over the other down to pure personal preference. Selecting a number 1 is extremely difficult.
@DarkCoolEdge The Switch has more games than every previous Nintendo consoles added. And plenty of quality games. It's the PS2 of Nintendo but Nintendo fanboys only care about complaining. If it was a Sony system it would be praised like it deserves.
The sales numbers are there, so objectively one can judge by them.
But subjectively, for me personally, it would be the N64/GBC generation.
I always preferred the N64 over PS1. The jump to 3D was jaw-dropping for the 10-year-old me, and the N64 graphics always looked (and objectively is) way better than what the PS1 had on offer. While there's no dispute that the PS1 is home for legendary games, N64 holds up very well even in comparison to this jaggernaut - I mean, Super Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time plus Golden Eye and Perfect Dark, as well as Star Fox, Banjo-Kazooie and Conker (when I became mature enough to understand the gags).
What I liked about the N64, that, despite the marvellous technical leap compared to the SNES, it still retained that "cozy" feeling of the games. No multimedia stuff (which always seemed kinda unnecessary to me; I lived and live outside the wealthy Western world and still don't remember a family that could afford a game console but not a CD audio player around 1997-8), no online, no open worlds in the modern day meanining of this term - just technical (by the 1997 standards) and gameplay perfection, tailor-made for linear, single-player enjoyment, with an odd same-coach multiplayer title. That's what I miss in modern games, and that's why I love something like Bayonetta 3 to this day. It was like the SNES on steroids: massively more powerful, mind-blowing, with stellar games that were easy to pick up and play. Even the controller didn't seem that odd.
As for the GBC, it wasn't a massive breakthrough, but I have good memories of playing Pokemon, Rayman, the GBC version of MGS, DKC ports.
If we're talking sheer sales, that would either be the Wii/DS generation or the Switch generation. But each generation has some pretty heavy-hitters in terms of games, if you ask me. Personally, I love the GCN/GBA and Wii/DS games the most.
But then there's those snobbish "I haven't liked Nintendo since the SNES" kinds of people, who think that Nintendo has gone downhill since the mid-1990s, and should just go the way of Sega. I once worked under someone like that, and that difference of opinion nearly led to him getting me fired.
I doubt between Snes and the Gamecube. Snes was the last console with the best 3party support and the Gamecube was the last Nintendo console with great graphics and a Normal Controller.
@HalBailman most of those great original games are Wii U ports.
@DarkCoolEdge I've been playing console games since the NES, and I'm struggling to choose between the SNES and Switch as the best era.
The Switch has everything, from modern classics to great retro-inspired games like Full Metal Furies, CrossCode, Horizon Chase Turbo, Shredder's Revenge, and of course a load of outstanding Nintendo first-party titles (the best Mario Kart, best Mario platformer since 64, the best Metroid since the SNES etc). If I take my nostalgia hat off, I'm beginning to wonder if Breath of the Wild is better than Ocarina of Time. Yes, they include Wii U ports, but the best versions of MK and BotW are the Switch version.
If I could take any console to a desert island, it'd be the Switch.
Easily SNES. It was the peak of 2D gaming and its library had almost every major release of the time.
For consoles, SNES by a mile. It's the only Nintendo console where Nintendo and third parties were simultaneously at their peak. Honorable mention to N64 which had two of the greatest games of all time in Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time, but what it had in quality it sorely lacked in quantity.
Much harder to decide on their best portable, but I think DS edges the rest out just because of how much variety there was. Games like Ace Attorney (which, granted, was a GBA game in Japan) and Trauma Center were so refreshing to pick up during a time when I wasn't able to sink 100+ hours into a single game anymore.
Overall, I give it to WiiDS due to my preference for handheld gaming.
@glaemay Yeah, Game Boy has an unusually long life. I think Pokémon was definitely the peak for the GB, which was late Super Famicom era in Japan (Feb 1996) and early N64 era elsewhere. One thing I certainly don't miss from that generation is the long localization time for RPGs!
anyone who actually thinks the Switch generation is Nintendos best generation are just wrong
@Mythra ...and I thank the WU for it's failure. I boycotted the era, and now can play them on the Switch.
I think we tend to put the older stuff as our favourites out of nostalgia.
I know that I was about to go for the n64/gameboy colour or the SNES era. Probably out of nostalgia.
I remember talking about video games at school with my friends at that time. Trading Pokemon using the link cable and actually playing multiplayer games with friends in the living room. I remember how cool I thought it was seeing my gameboy Pokemon team in 3D on Pokemon Stadium. And the thrill of finding secrets in Super Mario World.
Or just the first time exploring Princes Peache's castle in Mario 64. That was a magical feeling.
I'm old enough to have had every single nintendo console (except the virtual boy)
But then I stopped myself and thought about how many absolutely awesome games we have on the Switch.
What would I have thought if I was 8-9 years old when the Switch came out? I bet I would have had an even better time.
There is no nostalgic feeling for the Switch, yet..
But I think in 20 years the majority of people will remember the Switch as a console that was better than everything that came before it.
The Switch is pretty great, but the Wii U had it beat by a few yards. It was the better console and idea. People slept on it and since most people are stupid they were like "is dis a nu controllers fer my Wii?!?!" and they ruined it. Wii U + 3DS was absolute pimp Nintendo.
@Mythra Amen, say it louder.
@DarkCoolEdge And most of the best Switch games are just Wii U ports.
@Goofonzo I disagree on it being better than the Switch, but that's mainly due to the lack of games. And most of the games worth playing has a superior version on the Switch.
If they would just port over Wind Waker and Twilight Princess HD...
The Wii U had great hardware. it's just too bad they named it the Wii U.
I long for the days when I didn’t feel like I needed a supplemental gaming device to whatever Nintendo had in the market. I’m happy with my switch but I’d be even happier with a more powerful machine. Nintendo has always had the best first party no matter the console but during the NES/SNES era you could count on any big league game running just as well on their system.
Saying in that GameCubes my favorite, sure it was the inferior console in terms of power that gen but I loved its exsclusives, and it’s my first console I could really start collecting since I was making my own money. It’s also my first of the few midnight releases I ever did.
'What Nintendo Generation do you think is the absolute best generation?' All!! 'But you can't do that' WRONG!!
Joking aside, This was a very tough decision for me, and I couldn't just pick one, as I feel like I'm tied between SNES/GameCube/3DS and Wii U.
I really loved the SNES for Super Metroid, ALTTP, Chrono Trigger, Super Mario World/All Stars, and many other RPGs.
I nearly gave up on the Gamecube, and Metroid Prime, maybe from burnout at the time, but months later i did return and eventually complete it, and the many games i've got in my collection. I've really grown to like the Gamecube, and the Gameboy Player Accessory. I also liked the other consoles for backwards compatibility too.
I absolutely loved the 3DS/New 3DS' Stereoscopic 3D effect, Every game i played felt so immersive on such a small screen, I loved Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, and Fantasy Life.
I liked the Wii U for its quirkiness, even though it was really a prototype for the Switch, and probably why i found it so interesting. Emulating one on a PC is also a lot of fun when you see games like Breath of the Wild running on much more capable hardware.
Like before, Each of these consoles had games i really enjoyed playing.
@DaniPooo The ports are not superior versions. lol They are the SAME. Wii U was 1080p. I guess they changed the controls a little? lol
Had the most fun with GBA and GameCube Era. At that point I believed that there would be no more 2D games so GBA was a welcome relief and then the Gameboy Player made my GameCube the ultimate Nintendo at the time.
I didn't mention the Switch in my previous post, though as a fan of Metroid, I had to get one for Metroid Dread. I loved this game.
I have also played a lot of New Horizons which i absolutely loved. Even the Doom Eternal/Animal Crossing Crossover at the time.
The fan made 'Eternal Horizons' tune is awesome. 'The life was quiet all around, cute little island, nice and non-violent.' XD
Doom Guy and Isabelle memes were cute and funny!.
Although I'm really looking forward to playing Metroid Prime 4, and Tears of the Kingdom when they're eventually released, i really do hope Nintendo are remaking Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, as i loved what they did with Links' Awakening.
I grew up with the Wii/DS and WiiU/3DS generations. For Nintendo's history, I'd say the best was the Wii/DS, but for all gaming platforms in general, probably the GameCube/PS2/Dreamcast/Xbox generation.
SNES, the best console ever! Stil playable to this day. So many great games…..
The GBC came out before N64 was discontinued. I think the N64 was discontinued after the GBA was released around late 2001/2002.
It’s a portable, it’s a home system, it has literally hundreds of great games across all generations, genres and price points. They properly nailed it.
Lumbering SNES with the VB is very harsh, really it ran alongside the GB. The SNES is still an absolutely brilliant system with games that stand the test of time. Close to winning.
GC was a slight disappointment but GBA was fantastic and combined the libraries complement each other nicely
I absolutely loved the N64 at the time, it was my system of choice at University but being pragmatic it doesn’t hold up all that well today and the GBC was a bit of a nonentity.
Probably being harsh here, I loved both at first but I was really bored of the Wii Remote by the end of that generation. Plus Nintendo allowed both systems to disappear under a mound of casual focussed dross while their own output faded badly towards the end.
The GB didn’t really hit its stride until the SNES was out and I don’t have much nostalgia for the NES (being British 😉)
7. Wii U/3DS
The 3DS is overrated by a lot of Nintendo fans. The Vita (until Sony abandoned it) really made the Tech look awful in comparison and a lot of the good games on it were JRPGs which is far from my favourite genre. The Wii U was just dreadful. A poor idea at heart badly executed, badly supported and badly marketed.
Switch has almost all of the games worth anything from every past generation so no contest.
Yes, SNES is my fave era, nostalgia is strong with that one, but most of the ganes I loved on it can now be played on Switch with countless others from other eras.
Thanks to my siblings I had all Nintendo consoles except for the original Game Boy (but had a Color so I got to play Game Boy games even at the time) and the Virtual Boy (which let's be honest, how many here actually have one?)
The N64 is the console that really started my gaming and Nintendo journey and the Gamecube, coupled with the discovery of emulation, solidified that...
but I ended up voting for the Switch because it has so many games, old and new, from Nintendo and even other companies, plus it being both home and handheld console at the same time.
Its library is already amazing, but if everything goes well we'll be able to keep all its games on its successor(s) thanks to backwards compatibility like it happened on Wii (kudos to it for that and introducing Virtual Console) and just keep on expanding on it!
I adore every Nintendo console except the VB but I feel that SNES was Nintendo’s most dominant position. They got nearly every game that went to console that was multiplat, they pretty much owned all the major exclusives, the system was a technical marvel despite Nintendo still not wanting to break the bank on tech and the system had amazing bundle editions. The thought that mine came with LttP still blows my mind. The wiiu is still my favorite console and the switch and wii both seemed to capture the spirit of the snes but I don’t think objectively any other system has checked as many boxes as the SNES did. I almost feel if the switch had the exact same position as the SNES, Sony and MS would be considering exiting the market. As at the time more powerful systems came out but were utterly ignored by the market (jaguar, 3DO, even NEOGeo).
@Sam_TSM Just wanted to let you know, I really liked this answer, cause its so true. Each was best in its own time
N64 is the best and it's not even close.
The excitement, anticipation and buzz that surrounded the launch of Mario 64 and Zelda Ocarina of Time is something that has simply never been repeated. The only thing that comes close is PlayStaion 1 launch - but of course that is the same generation!
It's a combination of the jump from 2D to 3D, the slow and steady release of quality games (Mario, Pilot Wings, Turok, Wave Race, Mario Kart in the first 6 months was solid), the 4 player multiplayer, the drip feed of information from predominently gaming magazines and the lack of "noise" from nonsense game releases that Wii onwards has brought.
N64 is definitely the best.
My top 5 choices: Switch, DS (and 3DS), GameCube, NES and Gameboy. It’s a hard choice. And completely subjective for anyone involved.
Every Nintendo generation of hardware, whether home or portable (now both), has offered something that stands out. Even the Wii U had a couple of moments of shine before it became all dull. The Switch is the first time since the DS, NES and Gameboy that Nintendo kept the games very relevant in my eyes.
I’m looking forward to the next hybrid, tablet or whatever all-in-one device Nintendo has next. Although, if the Wii/Wii U was any past hint with controller options, I bet Nintendo is trying to keep all Switch software and hardware this time compatible with the next hardware leap. I don’t think they’re going to move away from Tegra (or anything that isn’t Arm based) at this point. These RISC-based SOCs already rule the world via mobile phones and tablets trounce X86, so I suspect the form factor will stay the same, but it’ll be on the Apple A13 or A14 level of performance.
11% for N64?! This poll should be changed to "How old are you?"!
Oof it's a tough one between the amazing games of the GameCube and GBA and the wonder of the Switch. Had to give it to GC/GBA but it was close
Okay the Snes and Game Boy era is good and everything, but the Nintendo Switch make the Old Consoles looks like Gadgets.
Difficult choice for sure. Nintendo systems follow a pattern of innovation generations and then evolution generations with "super" versions.
NES was groundbreaking and established that video games could be art. The SNES was just an improved NES so of course has more impressive/better games.
The N64 made the leap to 3D graphics and gameplay. Gamecube is a Super N64, not innovative but improved graphics, etc.
Wii innovated with motion controls.
WiiU was unique in that it is the "Super" version of two previous ideas, the Wii and the GBA link cable. It is an HD Wii with 2nd screen capability.
Switch is actually a "Super" version of the GBA and GBA player.
Gameboy introduced portable gaming. GB Color, Pocket, GBA, Micro we're all improved versions. DS was the first innovation since the OG GB. 3DS family is a Super DS.
I lean towards the best generation being innovative so have to say NES/GB cannot be surpassed.
In terms of home console generations, snes, Wii, and Switch are definitely the best.
“ most of the best Switch games are just Wii U ports.”
Don’t want to sound harsh but this isn’t even vaguely correct, numerically speaking
“ The ports are not superior versions. lol They are the SAME”
Actually nearly everything Nintendo ported from Wii U to Switch is improved in some way. The only exceptions are Pikmin 3 which is a straight port at the same resolution and Captain Toad which is debatable as it has extra content and multiplayer but struggles a bit controls wise.
To take a few examples, BOTW runs at a higher resolution and has a slightly better framerate. MK8D runs at a higher resolution and has the extra item capacity and DLC. DKC:TF runs at a higher resolution and has an added mode. SM3DW is higher res, faster and has added content and multiplayer. Hyrule Warriors runs at a higher res, higher Framerate and draws more enemies. NSMBU features higher resolution and better filtering. Pokken has a higher res and new modes (IIRC), Bayonetta 2 has better performance etc etc
Super Nintendo and Wii U.
Wasnt it vice versa, that botw has less slowdowns on the Wii U?
There is only one correct choice here and it is NES and original Game Boy!
16Bit era over everything!! Yes we have amazing stuff now regards to tech. But nothing still comes close to the magic of that generation. From the grey import scene, fantastic arcade conversions, timless classics from Nintendo, Sega, Konami, Capcom, Taito, Technosoft, and many more.
I personally think this is an argument down to pure subjectivity on what you want out of a system. I don't think there is an objectively "best" Nintendo system. They all had ups and downs and it depends on subjective ideas like what you grew up with, what was the first console you bought yourself, how much investment you made, are you 3rd party first or 1st party first, do you like mature games or family friendly, innovation or iteration.
For example the N64 had a ton of mature games like Resident Evil 2, Quake 2, Doom 64, Conker, Perfect Dark. But, if you prefer family friendly games then the Wii is king with Zak and Wiki, Rayman Origins, World of Goo. You get the idea. Because this is very subjective and there are exceptions to this rule.
As far as best overall hardware it's the Switch. And due to a lot of the best games from all consoles (including Xbox and PlayStation) in some way or another if be through completions, NSO or individual re-release (FFVII, KOTOR, Skyrim etc.) on the Switch it's hard to not say the Switch is objectively the best console atm.
But, what is the best subjective console I think is more of what this is and that's fine. But, that is basically apples to oranges. For every SNES Chad there is a Switch King, and for N64 purists there is a Wii apologist (which I am of all those). I think each generation is best in their own ways and I think celebrating Nintendo staying in the game and constantly shaking things up is amazing!!! This would not be really a discussion for Xbox or PlayStation because they don't really innovative and there is not much of a difference between 360, Xbone, and Series X/S and PS3, PS4 and PS5 (though they have clear favorites in there fanbases). I think that is what makes Nintendo special for so many people.
For me it's purely what I grew up with. While the Switch might be the "best" overall console, for me, the NES and SNES will forever be the best. I have every Nintendo system made since the NES, and nostalgia will always shape my opinion on this subject.
i feel like as far as the general console concept goes i would say switch by far since it offers the most choice in "how " you play the games along with it being the first nintendo handheld device in years to have an option of playing the games on a TV (even if i do play most of my games handheld its nice having the option)
im definitely hoping that the idea is tried at least one more time with a successor (with the usual refinements to the formula)
in terms of games there has been a good mix of newer ones and some great wiiu ports that others may not have had the chance to try, and games like Mario odyssey captured some of that gamecube era weirdness that i loved (mainly due to some of its more bizzare settings atypical of mario)
Phew that's hard. Of the handhelds, GBA was the least ambitious, really just a SNES re-release machine (and before the SP it was just dark). The others all brought something unique to the table.
Consoles is even harder. Gamecube was less radical than, say, N64 (which deserves the title for the revolutionary achievements of Mario64 and Zelda: OoT/MM alone). And Wii U was.. yeah. Not a good idea. SNES aged better than NES, Wii has a fantastic catalogue, but its USP (waggle) aged badly as well. Switch is an all-round winner, will surely go down as one of the greatest.
So to sum it up: I have no idea But I voted N64, because its foggy steps into 3D were super inspired, and that feeling is still there today.
The Switch is the absolute best. I understand we look back on the others with nostalgia, for me that's the N64 and the NES as my next two in line. But the Switch saved Nintendo. They were in a really bad spot when the Switch launched and the Switch is what brought me back. I'd left for PlayStation with the PS3 after not playing games at all since the N64. I had a Wii but never really played much outside of Wii Sports and Wii Fit. But the Switch has gotten me back into Smash Bros, Mario Bros, Zelda, Animal Crossing, Luigi's Mansion, etc. It has a ton of great games and is by far the best portable Nintendo has ever produced.
I would say the GBA generation for me. Mainly because one of my favorite games came out exclusively for the GBA, Golden Sun. The next console that will have a remastered version of the games will be the next best console.
Didn’t get to vote. Played every iteration except GameCube in the consoles and DS/virtual boy.
Best handheld - 3DS
Best console - SNES
My username says it all. NES/GB days for this kid!
Nobody is going to read this because there are over 250 posts, but I think Switch is the best.
It has exclusives and big third party ports.
It’s handheld and console and includes lots of games from other generations. Including all of the wonderful remakes, sequels, and collections like Cowabunga Collection, Shredder’s Revenge, Atari 50, Konami Classics, Streets of Rage 4, and so many more!!
I have tremendous nostalgia for NES and SNES, but to deny the Switch, is to deny what it’s done for gaming.
It’s hands down the best option yet for all play styles. The Switch is for all. My wife who doesn’t even game has one.
@Azuris Yes. BOTW ran better on the Wii U. And having the Shika slate in your hands was the icing on the cake.
@electrolite77 I have both consoles and you are deeply, deeply mistaken.
Really, the Game Boy belongs with the SNES generation - GB was out in '89 and SNES was 1990 in Japan. VB was '95 and N64 was '96, so really, they belong together too (with GBC).
@BrianJL I think the logic was that there was enough overlap (2 years) in the US and EU for it to be counted together. Considering the overlap between NES and SNES it makes enough sense. But, in total I think the GB should be with the SNES more than the Virtual Boy. Even then including only the GBC with the N64 is a bit misleading too as the killer app of the GBC were Gameboy games (Pokemon Red, Blue,Yellow, Silver and Gold versions as Crystal was the only GBC exclusive) and the amount of GBC only games (as in not enhanced Gameboy games like Links Awakening DX) is about 450 and a lot of those came out when the Gamecube was released between 2001-2002.
Considering how long the Gameboy was supported by Nintendo for 13 full years and overlapped the NES, SNES and N64 (and a bit with the Gamecube as the last original GB game was released in 2002) it really should had been included in all of those generations with a firm cut off with the GBA. As most of the games we associate as N64 era GBC games were actually just original Gameboy games enhanced for the GBC.
But, not my list and I think I'm getting really technical. But, that just proves how there is no real clean cut-off of generations if we include home consoles with handhelds.
@Wexter You're right - it's not at all clear-cut. The handhelds really ran on a different cadence and should probably be counted seperately.
The Wii U was indeed 1080p, or rather it was capable of outputting 1080p.
Many games was running at lower resolutions though. It's the same on the Switch, however the Switch is actually more powerful in terms of graphics.
So many of the ports are actually hitting a higher resolution on the Switch than they did on the Wii U.
Mario Kart Deluxe is definately a superior, it allows you to carry 2 items instead of one, this actually changes the gameplay quite a bit as it allows for more strategy.
It also add more multiplayer modes, like the battle arena more from SNES for example.
And they are even releasing new cups now for it.
Tropical freeze added a character 'Funky Kong' and new difficulty mode. Perhaps there was even more, but I don't remember.
Breath of the wild added VR, and higher resolution. 900p vs 720p, a more stable frame rate as well as some higher quality sounds.
Super Mario 3D World added a whole other game 'Bowser's fury'
But other than that, it added higher speed movement. And it's also a higher resolution.
New Super Mario Bros Deluxe added a new character, Toadette..
There are some other tweaks as well, But yeah this one is not super exciting
What other Wii U games do we have on Switch...
Pokken Tournament, Better graphics and frame rate.
New Pokemon. New daily challenges.
Captain toad treasure tracker, some new levels and 2 player mode
I mean I could go on, my point is that almost every Wii U game ported to Switch added something. It might not be big.. But it still makes it the definitive way of playing that game.
Having lived through them all, my pick would be the SNES with Switch as a damn close second.
The NES era was great, but there was a lot of garbage games, and things weren't refined yet. The SNES era refined the industry and we saw great game after great game. The Genesis/MD injected a real competition which gave us a console war like no other.
The Switch era now was like a Nintendo rebirth of great games on a popular Nintendo console, with Nintendo getting 3rd party support they haven't had since the SNES era.
I'm only focusing on the home consoles here. Why the handhelds were lumped in too is weird to me. They are their own thing (up to Switch, of course).
GameCube and GBA are the best generation because Nintendo were at their creative peak then. Great hardware paired with great games. Metroid never got better than Fusion and Zero Mission, and Zelda never got better than Wind Waker.
No I’m entirely factually accurate (I have both Consoles too BTW). It’s all documented elsewhere.
No there was an initial comparison video that showed difficult areas in both, with Switch have a very narrow edge (plus the higher res) but the first patch on Switch separated the two versions. Wii U slows in more areas and slightly more in the difficult areas where both versions judder. Not a lot in it but a definite difference.
@DaniPooo Hard disagree.
Wii/DS. Must i say more?
SNES all the way.... if I was forced to pick. Really couldn't give any of them up. I'm a greedy sod that way.
NES always and forever <3
This is going to be a long one...
Here's a list of games I still revisit. Some more often than others
Adventure's of lolo 1-3
Dragon Quest 1-5 ( usually the updated ds, snes or game boy color versions though)
Double dragon 1-3
Final fantasy 1-3 ( usually the updated ds, ps1, psp versions though)
Mega Man 1-6
Ninja gaiden 1-3
Super mario bros 1-3
Zelda 4 Link's awekening ( not so much after the switch remake)
Super Mario Land 1-3
Donkey kong country 1-3
Final fantasy 4-6
Fire emblem 4-5
Lost vikings 1-2
Mega man 7 & x 1-3
Pocky & rocky 1-2
Secret of mana
Street fighter 2 turbo
Super Castlevania & dracula x
Super mario world1-2, allstars, rpg
Super smash tv
Turtles in time
Zombies ate my neighbours
Ogre battle 64
The n64/ps 1 generation has aged like milk. Even revolutionary games like mario 64 and the two zelda games have not stood the test of time that well in my opinion. I'd rather play the 3ds zelda remakes or any other 3d mario.
Game boy color
Wario land 2-3
The Zelda oracle games
Baten kaitos eternal wings
Fire emblem path of radiance
Metroid prime 1-2
Paper mario ttyd
Resident evil 4
Super mario sunshine
Super monkey ball
Tales of symphonia
Zelda wind waker & twilight princess
Game boy advance
Castlevania aria of sorrow (sometimes the other two too)
Fire emblem 6-8
Mario & luigi superstar saga
Metroid zero missio & fusion
Wario land 4
Zelda minish cap
Donkey kong country returns
Fire emblem radiant dawn
Metroid prime 3
Super mario galaxy 1-2, & new smb
Wario land shake it
The three Castlevania games
Dragon quest 4-6
New super mario bros
Donkey kong country tropical freeze
Mario kart 8 ( the switch version though but it's a port with dlc)
Super mario 3d world & new smb wii u
Zelda breath of the wild ( the switch version though but it's a port )
Bravely default & second
Dragon quest 7-8
Fire emblem 13-15
Luigi's mansion 2
Metroid samus returns
Super mario land 3d & new smb2
Zelda a link between worlds, oot & mm remakes
Luigi's mansion 3
Super mario maker 2
Zelda breath of the wild & links awekening
Strangely enough I'm one of the few people that isn't that impressed with the switch. Malfunctioning and uncomfortable controllers ( I know the pro controller exists but do you remember the times when the consoles came with the best cotrollers ever?((snes & gamecube)), heath cracks and laughable online/ virtual console.
I think snes era wins and gamecube/ gba is a close second. Wii u/ 3ds isn't that far behind either.
Another reason I think the answer is N64... it has games that people made TV documentaries about. Any other generations that have that?!
@Goofonzo What is there to disagree on? All I provided is facts...
It was sad to see the N64 in comparison to PS and Saturn back in the day. SNES games often still look beautiful but most N64 games make people gag.
@LP09 Yep, more or less what I said in my post, although I have the most nostalgia for the N64 and GameCube eras (check my comment out if you're curious why)!
That might be memory playing tricks on you. When they came out the likes of Mario, Pilotwings, Wave Race, Turok, Goldeneye, 1080, Zelda etc were the best looking games around. The Saturn had the others beat on 2D stuff but that’s all.
SNES games introduced atmosphere to games and that’s still one of the things I look for most. It also allowed many series to mature.
Also—Nostalgia is a liar. It’s a wonderful lie, but if we truly zoom out, no other Nintendo console has harnessed so much of its back catalogue while providing a new and novel experience like the Switch has.
If the question was “what do you have the most nostalgia for?” The answer could easily be any of them. But the best? It’s sort of an objective question and objectively, it has to be Switch.
@electrolite77 Thank you!!! I don't know where this myth came from, but the N64 was a beast of a machine out of the box capable of things the PSOne and Saturn could only achieve with exceptional programming know how (Soul Reaver being a prime example). But in comparison to the lush open environments of Banjo Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64, the cramp halls of PSOne games really show the limitations of that hardware. That and PSOne character models are really low poly for the time and had a very bizarre flicker. In comparison most N64 games had far better character models and environment design.
The N64 for all intents and purposes really pushed polygon gaming in ways the PSOne and Saturn could not even imagine. It was only limited by the amount of space developers could unitize compared to the CD based competition.
@DaniPooo LIES! You maligner! Look, Sure they added some things, like Bowser's Fury to Super Mario World. I don't think that's better. The Wii U GamePad was integral to extra fun in that game. Bowser's Fury is nice, but taking the GamePad away just makes the game less than. Also Bowser's Fury was only alright.
Two player Captain Toad? Ok. Thanks? The GamePad integration was also stellar on that game too.
Someone else brought up performance upgrades. IF there are they are so slight you couldn't tell without some company like ars techinca pointing it out to you specifically. The Wii U was a beast. It could absolutely do what the Switch does and more. It was a huge missed opportunity for Nintendo and the general public. The Switch is great, but it's one step closer to mediocre than I like Nintendo to be.
You’re making an impossible argument. All these games have been upgraded, had content added, and/or run better on Switch. They just are. The odd bit of Gamepad gimmickry won’t change that. The Switch is more powerful than the Wii U. It just is. Whatever loyalty you may have to a particular system, there’s no point trying to deny reality.
Totally agree with all that.
The perception at the time was absolutely that the N64 was cutting edge. It was top of the pile in graphical terms and I have a huge stash of old magazines that will verify that.
You only have to compare similar games e.g. Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie vs Croc and Ape Escape. Yes, the Crash games and Nights look great but they’re not proper 3D. 1080 v Cool Boarders or Steep Slope Sliders. Quake 2 and Rayman 2 on N64 vs the PS1 versions. I can’t even think of comparisons or matches for Wace Race, Pilotwingd, Rogue Squadron, the Zelda games.
Developers pushed the PS1 a long way and Saturn is king of 2D games and 3D fighters.
But I’m perplexed where this perception comes from that N64 was lagging graphically. Do people’s nostalgia filters cope better with the PS1s warping and tearing Polygons than the N64s fuzz and blue? Is it down to the difficulties in emulating the N64, or getting one to look good on a modern TV? It’s an interesting one.
So they throw in some Optimization in later Patches
I am content with how it rans on the Wii U and the Style makes the Optics pretty, so i passed on the Switch.
Sad that they didn't used the Gamepad as in Wind Waker HD, having the Map and Items there was a great Feature.
Guess it could have been a too good Feature, that cuts of Sales for the Switch in its early Days, so it was left out.
At least it makes it easier to emulate on PC (runs fast away from the Discussion^^)
I truly loved the Wii U/3DS era. The biggest problem during that time was a severe lack of Wii U games. What was there, however, was mostly quality. With that said, it might have to be the Switch era since it's everything the Wii U was and so much more. I loved the NES/SNES/GameCube eras. If we're including portables, it would probably be GameCube/GBA. N64 and Wii were my two least favorites, although each system had some great, memorable games. OoT is still my all-time favorite game, and it's on my least favorite Nintendo system ever.
Anything from N64 and below, which is when I believe Nintendo started to hit their peak and then slowly decline to where they are now. The NDF will say otherwise, but I believe this to be true.
Switch always had the edge, it’s just the Patch increased the difference. But yeah, I doubt many people would have upgraded solely for that performance difference.
It was a shame they didn’t make more (any?) use of the Gamepad. But OTOH BOTW was pushing Wii U to its limit and Gamepad functionality needed processing power, of which there was none spare.
@Goofonzo No I am not lying..
You like the gamepad I get that.
I think it had cool features too. I used to own a Wii U and for a long time after I got the Switch I still used it as a retro game player basically.
I had a lot of love for the Wii U, It was a misunderstood console.
But the Switch is just better in my opinion.
It took the idea of the Wii U, being able to play remotely directly on the gamepad and just made it better by allowing you to play wherever you are.
And it's a fact that the Switch is more powerful than the Wii U.
So what to I miss from the Wii U gamepad? I guess the ability to blow into the microphone..
It really did. Playing the likes of Zelda, Actraiser, Castlevania IV, Contra III it was that huge increase in atmosphere that was obvious.
“ BOTW ran better on the Wii U”
No it didn’t.
@electrolite77 It did, because of the GamePad integration. I love how upset you are by this though lol
I’m not upset, just being factually accurate while someone else in the conversation posts things like “ LIES! You maligner! ” in response to said facts.
Anyway, what Gamepad integration?
@electrolite77 Did you ever play BOTW? If so, you know how there's a Shika Slate in the game? Hmm? HMMMM? Yeah, missed that one didn't you? Big girls blouse.
Yes there’s a Sheila Slate in the game. What does that have to do with the Gamepad integration on the Wii U? Of which there is very little?
The Switch is kind of hard to beat with its variety and portability. For me, the ability to play deep games whenever and wherever is a game changer. The biggest knock for me is that I wish Nintendo Online more closely resembled the Virtual Consoles of yesteryear.
Honorable Mentions: SNES was a game changer for its era, helping to close the gap between what gamers could expect to access at home.
While many fans remember Wii for its motion control elements, I appreciated the backwards compatibility with the GameCube generation, the virtual console and some really good games for that generation.
Here's my own ranking best to worst.
"Nintendo's successor to the N64 felt oddly child-like by comparison, with its bright colours"
This doesn't make a lot of sense to me. The N64 is way more child like than the gamecube, especially when talking about bright colors of the consoles. The N64 came in TONS of bright colored variants of see-through plastic. Not to mention special Pokemon editions and the toys r us exclusive extreme green. The N64 controllers just look like toys too.
I could listen to people argue against it not being the NES but if you’re pairing it WITH the Gameboy?! Oh absolutely no one can beat that pair. Most iconic, completely destroyed the competition.
Snes was great but anyone could argue they liked Genesis more.
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