Best Nintendo Consoles


The Top Ten

1 Nintendo 64

The system brought many of our beloved franchises (such as Mario, Star Fox, and Zelda) into the 3rd dimension so well, that it's hard to not say that it's greatest system Nintendo has made. It's innovation is in it's technology. All the games I mentioned above helped revolutionize gaming in some way. Heck, GoldenEye 007 made a footprint for franchises such as Halo and Call of Duty to follow. Truly a great console.

How can you not say this is the greatest? Think about all of the classics: Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, Donkey Kong 64, Star Fox 64, Kirby the Crystal Shards, and so many more. The graphics on the games were incredible for its day and the games had tight controls. This was truly Nintendo's golden era. Nintendo 64 is the greatest system of all time!

This console had so many good games! Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, the Mario Party Trilogy, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Star Fox 64, Super Smash Bros. , Banjo Kazooie, Goldeneye 007, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Kirby 64 and so much more! And that's just the amount of effort from TWO DEVELOPERS!

Oooh yeah that's the best one. Where do I begin with this one? Sure, It only had two launch titles, but one of them - Super Mario 64 - would never get you bored. You know, a revolutionary system... The very first joystick ever, controller in underrated but great (At least for me), Masterpieces like Smash Bros, Zelda OOT and MM, Banjo-Kazooie and that launch title I just talked about. Graphics might not have aged well but it's still a big improvement as those were the first games with such graphics, and on top of all that, it introduced gaming to a brand new 3D world. - MaxPap

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2 Nintendo Gamecube

Sure the 64 was the nostalgic one, but did it go well? Not really, I mean don't get me wrong the games are cool but very few have aged even ok mostly because this is one of the first, and the first for Nintendo, 3D consoles. However when we move to Nintendo's next 3D console we get some of the most memorable, best gameplay, best almost everything Nintendo has offered. And unlike its predecessor there is games that still look impressive today. Just to name a few Gamecube offered legendary gameplay in games like Paper Mario TTYD, Legend of Zelda FSA WW TP (All 3 were awesome) and many more. It also was the start of many series with the new found capabilities of the GC. For example one of my favorite series Animal Forest would have never made a fan base world wide if it had not been for the international Animal Crossing. Another game is Metroid Prime a series started here and ended... oh wait a new one is coming out here shortly. It also really defined Mario Kart and Mario Party as ...more - yellowwinner

This has to be the best console Nintendo has ever made, even though it had bad sales people who did pick one up where lucky this small even portable system has an outstanding gaming library including metriod prime, Mario kart double dash, wind waker and resident evil 4. that's not it you could also buy the gameboy player which played all of your gameboy, gameboy colour and GBA. you also have access to games like Oot through the Zelda collection game! Even better it has the best crafted controller to date! It fits in the hand like it was part of your hand, the L and R button amazing and feel great and there is logic behind the controller the A button is biggest because you use it most etc. my list of good things go on... It has amazing graphics etc etc.. I think I have made my point you cannot live without this beast of a console

It's old but sweet! The best games on it are:

1. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, it's my favorite game ever!
2. Super Smash Bros. Melee
3. Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
4. Pikmin
5. Super Mario Sunshine

Awesome system! Other games to consider are Luigi's Mansion, Mario Kart: Double Dash, and Kirby's Air Ride!

The system itself is amazing, but there were not a lot of good games : Only Melee, Wind Waker, Sunshine, Metroid Prime and a few others. Also, Luigi's Mansion that scares the hell out of people. - MaxPap

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3 Nintendo Wii

Nintendo 64 was a really good console, but was just overrated. Gamecube was also good, but it didn't sold well. The Wii had great graphics at the time, was revolutionary (Sure, Nintendo is really gimmicky with the Wii but still) and has so many masterpieces, such as Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 and others. Also part of my childhood.

This is all I have to say... 2 Nintendo systems in 1... = WORTH EVERY PENNY!

Four words: super smash brothers brawl. Enough said.

Y'now, my childhood was this console, and that's why it's my favourite... But it's still not the best, even with those amazing games on it : Nintendo always introduces gimmicks on their games, and this time it's with one thing : MOTION CONTROLS. You know... This thing. You have to raise your arm to play... But I'm lazy! At least there's the classic controller...

Also, Smash Brawl, Mario Galaxy, Mario Kart, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword...
AND It can play Gamcube Games. It's nice that I don't have to buy a GCN, I have this. - MaxPap

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4 Super Nintendo NES System

I like this console more than Nintendo 64 the controllers are really comfortable and there are many good games such as super Mario world killer instinct donkey kong country Zelda a link to the past and you never get bored with it

Redefined gaming. Had some of the greatest exclusives ever (Super Metroid, A Link To the Past, Chrono Trigger, Earthbound) the list goes on and the prices of these games keep going up and up. The greatest console ever hands down.

I was still a Genesis guy in the 16 bit era, but that was the true golden age of gaming. Kids will never again know the joys of blowing in a cartridge to get it to work and actually being impressed with new graphic developments...

Well I never had a SNES, I know someone who has one and I also have ZSNES (An emulator that plays SNES games). And I gotta say, thing thing is so great. Amazing games (Masterpieces like Mario World, ALttP, Kirby Super Star, Super Metroid, Star Fox, Mega Man and many, many more) Not counting the simple but well-working controller which is responsive and good-quality. There's also the fact that 16-bit graphics and sounds effects are amazing, even today in 2017. The music this system makes is pure amazing.

Well... Now you're playing with Super Power. - MaxPap

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5 Nintendo NES System

8-bit gaming is awesome and I love the art style of NES games that is absolutely timeless. I love Nintendo up until they did the GameCube, but there's still a few great games like Twilight Princess and Mario Galaxy, but I'm still voting for the NES!

Can someone please tell me why the 3ds is above this? The NES is the best system ever!

I recently got a 3DS, and it's a pretty good thing. I like it more than I thought I would. Apparently, it is higher on the list because it has a lot of remakes of old games, though, haha. Yeah, that's sad. - Maplestrip

I don't own one but I do know this is better than hand held systems, which are only good for one thing. Pokemon. Nothing else. This is good for MULTIPLE games

I just got a NES classic and I can say that I love it! It plays just like the original. This system saved the video game industry, it was revolutionnary at the time! Introduction of the D-Pad and 8-bit games with soundtracks and actual aestethics. The best games are Mario 3, Zelda and Mega Man. It will forever be a classic! - MaxPap

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6 Nintendo 3DS

The 3DS not only improved glassless 3D on the screen also motion was detected. The circle pad was very smooth and it is just awesome you know.

The 3DS introduces many new features and also has amazing games. The fact you can play your regular DS games on here already proves its superiority in the gaming world. This is definitely a contender for best Nintendo system.

2 years ago I would have questioned what this was doing here, but it's turned into a great system with a FANTASTIC library of games, there are about 20-30 games I would strongly recommend you okay on this console.

Good improvement of the DS. Only thing is the circle pad that can break easily, but otherwise it's a good handheld. - MaxPap

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7 Wii U

Epic. Should be higher up this list but people haven't realised that this is an extremely good console and the new Mario game is astonishing.

Way better than everything up there, plus it does not matter about the sale well kinda does but it matters about how the console plays and Wii u plays amazingly and has many great features that's why in my opinion it should be number one or at the least number 2

Remember my opinion

In my real opinion, this may or may not be true but I honestly think that the wii u was somewhat of a port from the wii. Don't get me wrong, IT IS STILL A GOOD CONSOLE. I am not a hater of the console, I'm just trying to say it is not that up here. There is a minimal amount of things that made the wii u "unique".

I love this system, and it's way too underrated : Probably because people compare it to the PS4 and the Xbox One. The gamepad was amazing, great D-pad and buttons, BUT STILL OVERUSE OF THE TOUCH SCREEN. There's not a lot of good third-party games, but the first-party ones are good as usual : Mario 3D World, Zelda remakes, Mario Kart 8, Smash 4, Xenoblade, and some other underrated games like Captain Toad. - MaxPap

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8 Nintendo DS

Uh hello Mario Kart DS, Mario Bros DS?!

Cooking Mama series and Ace Attorney for the win!

The best Pokemon games were made for this system

Well it's a great portable system, I think it has waay to much overuse of the touch-screen on certain games like Phantom Hourglass... But there's still some good games here, like New Super Mario Bros. - MaxPap

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9 Gameboy Advance

A Link to the Past, Metroid Fusion, Mario World, Bros. 3, Final Fantasy, Pokémon Emerald, Sapphire, Pokémon Fire Red, Minish Cap, Zero Mission, Superstar Saga, Golden Sun, what else do you need?!

Always brings me back no matter what age I am. Still in love with Pokemon emerald.

A link to the past, one of the best Zelda games ever. Play all old gameboy games! Back lit! Great console!

It didn't aged well, I agree, but at the time it was a blast : Add good games like Pokemon, Superstar Saga and Metroid Fusion with a revolutionary 32-bit PORTABLE system, and you got this little system. The SP version was also cool. - MaxPap

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10 Gameboy Color

Best Pokemon games-red, blue, and yellow

Never owned one, so I don't know... But Pokemon gen 1 looks really cool. - MaxPap

The Gameboy color has a nice ass

ye boi

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The Newcomers

? Nintendo 2ds XL

Now the 2ds can flip, and barely has any loading and has a giant screen, I want this!

What? It's coming this july... It's not even there yet... - MaxPap

The Contenders

11 Gameboy Advance SP

This was my first portable gaming console. It was a great improvement from the Gameboy and Gameboy Color due to the backlight and closable screen (just to help hide it in the middle of the night). I spent all my time using this, bringing it to school to trade or battle Pokemon or just relaxing. During long trips or when I was just bored, the Gameboy Advance SP was always there for me.

Super portable and has awesome games!

I think the Gameboy Advance was a legendary console for the fact that it had some amazing games and had some great gameplay with long-lasting battery

Pretty much the same as the GBA. It just has a DS-like design. - MaxPap

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12 Gameboy

A classic! This sold a lot of copies and it is revolutionary. - MaxPap

Higher great games

This is truly the brick of legends, this thing was a gift from the gods to bless the world for all it has accomplished. Nothing tops the original Game Boy not even the New 3dsxlxyzpika2dbalsack

13 Nintendo Wii U

This is already number 7! If you want to vote for this, vote for the one below... - MaxPap

How was this only Number 15 it deserves better than that guys come on you know that the Wii U is better than number 15 and how is any of the consules better than that it is not a rip off of the wii

14 Nintendo 3DS XL

O mer gerd this is number 13 I IS NUMBER 1!

This counts more as a 3ds. - MaxPap

Muuuch more comfortable

Love it!

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15 Nintendo DS Lite

Very cool console. Has a good design, GBA slot and long lasting battery.
Unfortunately, it's discontinued.

Really cool improvement of the DS, and by the way, it has a great D-Pad. - MaxPap

Best ss console ever

I mean ds

16 New Nintendo 3DS

Awesome games like sun and moon, Maria kart 7, and classics remade like ocarina of time all packed in a tiny, nice to hold device. Plus, don't forget backwards compatibility, so you can play ds classics like new super Mario bro's and Pokemon heart gold/ soul silver. In my opinion, best handheld device ever.

Vote for 3ds, not for this... - MaxPap

It's awesome it's big 1000 more functionalitys it should be called the super ds


17 Nintendo DSi

I like it, except it needs to play Gameboy games too. - funnyuser

Same as DS, but buttons are way too clicky on this one... - MaxPap

18 Nintendo New 3DS LL

What is this thing? Never heard of it - MaxPap

19 Nintendo Switch

Why is this so low? Probably because it just went out... A lot of interesting games just got announced, like Kirby, Yoshi and... METROID PRIME 4 - MaxPap

I love this console! You can play in 3 different modes and has lots of good games. Please put this on number1.

This is the best console ever made - venomouskillingmachine

Is good game playar.

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20 3DS XL

It's a bigger 3Ds. It's more comfortable to play on in my opinion and got rid of that annoying green light on the 3Ds.

I have it and I like it

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