Considered by many to represent the Golden Age of gaming, quality games such as the Donkey Kong Country series convinced many that the newer 32-bit consoles had little to offer over the SNES and helped to make it the best selling system of the 16-bit era.
Although not as successful as the SNES before it, the N64 gave us some of the most memorable games of the 90's. Super Mario 64 is one of the finest adventure games ever made and Goldeneye 007 changed what we expect from multiplayer shooters.
The Mega Drive was the SNES's major competitor and was Sega's best selling console. Marketed as the cool system to own, many of its best games are arcade conversions. Several add-on's were released, allowing it to keep pace with evolving hardware.
The PSone is the first in the PlayStation series of consoles released by Sony in 1995. It's early focus on 3D graphics and realism made it popular with an older audience than consoles of the 16-bit era.
The PS2 is the best selling console to date with over 145 million units shipped worldwide. With games still being produced and a back catalogue of almost 2,000 games, the PS2 remains popular with gamers on a budget.
The NES dominated the 8-bit era and was arguably responsible for revitalising the video game industry after the crash of 1983. Quality releases such as Super Mario Bros. 3 towards the end of it's life ensured it survived well into the 16-bit era.
Although technically not as advanced as it's main competitor the Sega Game Gear, the Game Boy's relatively low cost, long battery life and huge games library ensured it became the hand-held of choice.
Game Boy Color
Released in 1998, the Game Boy Color usered in a new generation of colour games whilst remaining backwards compatible with the Game Boy's entire back catalog of games. Its most popular games are Pokemon Gold/Silver and its two Zelda games; Oracle of Seasons and Ages.
Although it was to be Sega's last venture into the home console market, 700 games were released for the Dreamcast before it was withdrawn shortly after the launch of the PS2. Many believe the Dreamcast was ahead of it's time, with games still being developed today.
The GBA is the 32-bit successor to the Game Boy Color and plays similarly to a hand-held SNES; many of its most popular games are ports from the SNES. As with all Game Boy's released up until this time, it is backwards compatible with the entire Game Boy library that came before it.
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The GameCube was Nintendo's fourth console and its first to use optical disk as primary storage for games when it was released in 2001. Super Smash Bros. Melee was its most popular game with a number of other notable Nintendo releases.
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