Every Nintendo console ranked
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Nintendo Virtual Boy - Game Hardware
The only console that I have never played. It was a failure in the market and for good reason! This thing was uncomfortable and prone to give migraines and neck cramps. The game library is so small.
Game Boy Color - Game Hardware
The successor to the original Gameboy. It didn't do much different other than add color and even that was not for every game. The exclusive library for the Color was very small.
This handheld introduced Tetris to the world! It was the first major handheld system, had a ton of games, and it was basically indestructible. The games are dated and don't play smooth. Despite this, it was the beginning of a new line of handhelds that would change gaming.
A good, not great, handheld system with a massive library. It introduced lots of first party exclusives and was backwards compatible with Game Boy Advance games. It introduced the dual screen with the bottom being touch sensitive. I HATE using the touch screen when it was essential to the gameplay.(Hunters, spirit tracks) I found it awkward and uncomfortable.
Nintendo Wii - Game Hardware
The system for everyone... It sold really well, but it was not designed for the gamer in mind. It had great first party games, but the 3rd party games were a crapshoot. The ports from PS3 and the 360 were just not good. It gave us motion controls instead of decent graphics. It is a great system, but there were too many gimmicks and money grabs.
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) - Game Hardware
Before you throw up arms, I understand that this console saved gaming and brought consoles into hundreds of million of homes. It did what the Wii and Pokemon Go did but on a greater level; it brought people together and kept that magical video game feeling for years. It is a classic, but I cannot ignore the fact that the games are extremely clunky and dated. Game design was much improved on in the next generation. It was a great console but does not stand the test of time... Sorry NES.
Nintendo 64 - Game Hardware
This one hurts to put so low on the list. Let's be honest, that controller is awful. There is a reason we don't see it anywhere else. When Sony went to a CD-ROM, Nintendo stayed with bulky cartridges and that was a bad decision. The amount of space was so much smaller which kept out a lot of third party developers and made games look blocky and ugly. This system was a big reason Nintendo lost a huge market share to Sony. I played this growing up and it holds some of the best classics like Ocarina of time and Perfect Dark. It was a great party system with the 4 controller ports and games like Mario party and Mario Kart, but it had its faults and doesn't stand the test of time.
Game Boy Advance
I put so many hours into this handheld and it saved me on long road trips. The better iteration, the SP, had a backlight(finally!) which let me play secretly under the covers at night. It had a great design and was comfortable to hold. It was also backwards compatible with the huge Game Boy library. It didn't have a lot of first-party exclusive games. It hosted a lot of SNES remakes though. A lot of these games are still fun today(Metroid fusion and zero mission!) But the small portable size, the backlight, and the battery life all contributed this to being one of the best handheld consoles on the market.
Nintendo Wii U - Game Hardware
Nintendo was so close to making a really great console with the Wii U. It has a great digital selection and really good 1st party games. Cons... the gamepad was gimmicky in several games, it didn't get 3rd party support, and the gamepad wasn't portable enough.
Nintendo 3DS - Game Hardware
Best portable console on the market. It has some really good games and great access to even more on the digital eshop. I can play Super Metroid one minute and jump in to an 8 player free for all in Super Smash Bros. I find it hard to leave the house without this guy.
Nintendo GameCube - Game Hardware
Admittingly, I never owned a Gamecube. I put it up this high because it had great games like Metroid Prime and Resident Evil 4. The controller is great as well. The real reason it is this...Gamecube supporters are crazy and would have hunted me down if this wasn't at least in the top 3.
Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) - Game Hardware
An improvement in every way from the NES. Its games are still very enjoyable; level/game design improved dramatically. Game developers are still trying to mimic the game designs from the SNES. It also introduced us the a new button layout and a much more comfortable controller.
Nintendo Switch - Game Hardware
I don't have one yet, but I really want one. I know it will be my favorite...one day.
I have had at least some experience with every Nintendo console and want to put those feelings into a list! I was born in the 90's so I have greater sentiment to those systems, but I will try to look at each system objectively. My two main areas of critique are: How has the system aged? How influential or groundbreaking was the system and its games for the time? Other factors such as game library and controller design are not as important as the other two but will also be a topic of thought. Give me your thoughts and show me how you would rank this great lineup of systems!