As we stand on the eve of the launch of a brand new generation of consoles, we thought now would be a good time to look back through the history of gaming systems, to find out which ones have best stood the test of time.
Later this year we will welcome the arrivals of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X, but before then, we must look back at some of their predecessors and some other classic gaming consoles.
Ranker and its readers have created a list of the best gaming consoles of all time, and today we’ll run through the top 25, starting with places 25 to 13.
25. Sega Saturn
The successor to the extremely successful Sega Genesis, the Saturn was first released in 1994 as an upgrade of the previous console. Unfortunately, the Saturn flopped and sold quite badly, hence why we don’t hear about it as much as its predecessor. However, it is clearly still loved by many.
24. Nintendo 3DS XL
Released in 2012, the Nintendo 3DS XL was launched as an upgrade on the base model 3DS, with 90% bigger screens and a slightly longer battery life, this console was a hit with Nintendo fans with a craving for bigger systems.
23. Atari 2600
Originally released in 1977, the Atari 2600 was Atari’s first leap into the home console market. This system went on to inspire a massive jump in video game development, and was home to some of the most famous and influential games of all time, including ‘Pac-Man’ and ‘Space Invaders’.
22. PlayStation 4 Pro
The PlayStation 4 Pro launched in late 2016 as an upgrade to the wildly successful PlayStation 4. With improved hardware over the base model, the Pro is capable of running games in 4K resolution and at 60fps, and remains the console of choice for many gamers today.
21. Xbox One
Currently the main rival to the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One was first released in 2013 as the beginning of a brand new generation of games. The best selling games on the system include fan favourites like ‘Grand Theft Auto V’, ‘Minecraft’ and more recent releases such as ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’.
20. PlayStation Portable (PSP)
The PSP was Sony’s first dive into the handheld console market with the PlayStation line of systems. Released in 2004, the PSP sold over 80 million units in its lifetime and ran games such as various entries to the ‘Grand Theft Auto’ franchise.
19. Nintendo 3DS
Released in 2011, the Nintendo 3DS was the successor to the incredibly successful Nintendo DS, this time offering a brand new 3D experience without the need for 3D glasses. Its best selling game was, no surprises here, ‘Mario Kart 7’.
The original Xbox console was released by Microsoft in 2001 as their first instalment in what would become the endlessly successful Xbox family of consoles. One of the main draws to the console was its exclusive ‘Halo’ series, which continues to be a fan favourite to this day.
17. Sega Dreamcast
First released in 1998, the Sega Dreamcast was the successor to the Sega Saturn and the predecessor to the PlayStation 2. Despite a promising start, the Dreamcast failed to sell better than the Saturn, partially due to the hype surrounding the upcoming PlayStation 2. Its best selling games include the likes of ‘Sonic Adventure’ and ‘Shenmue’.
16. Nintendo Wii
It would be difficult for you to find a household nowadays that didn’t at one point own a Wii. Selling over 100 million units, the Wii is one of the most successful consoles of all time, boasting memorable games such as ‘Wii Sports’ and ‘Mario Kart Wii’.
15. Nintendo Game Boy Advance
Released in 2001, the Game Boy Advance was a highly successful handheld system which ran games such as ‘Super Mario’ and ‘Pokémon Ruby’ and ‘Sapphire’. Selling over 80 million units, the Game Boy Advance was incredible influential for future system development.
14. Nintendo DS
First released in 2004, the DS was Nintendo’s first game system featuring two screens working in tandem, the bottom being a touchscreen. Selling over 154 million devices worldwide, the DS is the second best selling game system of all time, featuring iconic games such as ‘Super Mario Bros.’ and ‘Rayman DS’.
13. Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
The Sega Genesis is one of the most well-known game systems of all time. First released in 1988, the Genesis experienced considerable success in the US markets, boasting an impressive library of games, including ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’, which was its best selling entry.