Best Nintendo Consoles

The Top Ten
1 Nintendo 64 Nintendo 64 Product Image

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.

Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Tooie, Rocket: Robot on Wheels, Goldeneye 007, Perfect Dark, Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Wave Race 64, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Paper Mario, Diddy Kong Racing, Sin and Punishment, Super Smash Bros. , Star Fox 64, San Francisco Rush, Wetrix, Tetrisphere, Magical Tetris Challenge, Turok 1, Turok 2, Turok 3, Excitebike 64, Star Wars Episode 1 Racer, Yoshi's Story, Pilotwings 64, Pokemon Stadium, Pokemon Stadium 2, Harvest Moon 64, Mario Party, Mario Party 2, Mario Party 3, Mario Golf, Mario Tennis, Donkey Kong 64, Bomberman 64, Mischief Makers, Kirby 64, Pokemon Snap, F-Zero X, Jet Force Gemini, Buck Bumble, Blast Corps. , Rogue Squadron, Body Harvest, Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon, Goemon's Great Adventure, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Worms Armageddon, and 1080 Snowboarding just to name a few. (Gasps for air)

This gives me a wonderful feeling of nostalgia. When I found this console, all dusty in my grandmother's closet I was overjoyed! I fixed it up because it had been there so long. This may sound crazy, but the 90s is the most nostalgic decade for everyone. It has such a good feel. The N64 will always be a good chunk of Nintendo magic. And even if it isn't the best graphics, this is the only console that will make you wear a Michael Jordan Jersey and ask where the Urkel-O's are.

This console is at the top for so many reasons. Let's start with the games. SUPER Mario 64? Best Mario game in history. Ocarina of Time? DEFINITELY best Zelda game in history, and maybe the best game for the N64. Mario Kart 64! This opened the door to so many racing games. But the main reason this console is the best? The jump of technology from SNES. The graphics got SO much better! When I was a kid, I remember that if you had a N64, you were awesome.

2 Nintendo Gamecube Nintendo Gamecube Product Image

Sure the 64 was the nostalgic one, but did it go well? Not really, I mean don't get me wrong, a lot of the games are cool, but very few have aged well mostly because the 64 is one of the early 3D consoles, and Nintendo's first 3D console. However, when we move to Nintendo's next 3D console, the Nintendo GameCube, we get some of the most memorable, best gameplay, best music and best almost anything Nintendo has offered, and unlike its predecessor there are plenty of games that still look amazingly impressive to this day (Written in 2016, edited 2017). Just to name a few GameCube games that offered legendary gameplay and amazing visuals that look good today, you have Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door, Legend of Zelda Four Swords Adventure, Wind Waker or Twilight Princess (All 3 are amazing and haven't aged badly), Super Mario Sunshine, and many many more. It also was the start of many Nintendo series with the new found capabilities of the Nintendo GameCube (Take the Mario 128 engine or ...more

Two words... Mario Party... there, that's my comment.

But seriously, the Gamecube better than the 64. Yeah lot's of N64 fans say "the N64 is the best because it has 3D", but come on, don't give me that crap.The Gamecube had better 3D. I don't care what system "revolutionized it in the beginning", if your looking for graphics that can still stand today, then go for 3D on the Gamecube. It has amazing titles like; Metroid Prime, Mario Party 7, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and did I mention it has Super Smash Bros. Melee on it.
Now don't get me wrong, Melee is not my personal favorite, but it is still amazing and holds up even today.
The N64 was great, but the Gamecube in just about every way, is much better with better titles!

This one is a no-brainer for me, I love this little lunchbox as well as the magnificent game collection. How do you beat the best Nintendo controller, catchy start-up sound, and AMAZING games? (Luigi's Mansion, Super Smash Bros Melee, Twilight Princess, Paper Mario: TTYD, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball 2, METROID PRIME, Metroid Prime 2, F Zero GX, The Wind Waker, and Super Mario Sunshine, to name a few) You simply don't beat what the gamecube has to offer. The N64 was one of Nintendo's first time trying out 3D polygonal games, but the Gamecube is where talent met technological power, and power met vision. I could gush on about this console all day, but this is truly my favorite console EVER!

The gamecube had lots of great innovative first party titles. You had the great art style and overall characteristic of Wind Waker, Super Smash Bros. Melee which is probably the best in the series, Metroid Prime 1 & 2 which are amazing, the great gameplay and graphics of Rogue Squadron 2, the excellent F-Zero GX, the best Nintendo controller, and much more. To me, this console stands out among all others because it just felt right. It had a large, variety of games that is suitable for almost any person.

3 Nintendo Wii Nintendo Wii Product Image

In my opinion, this is the third-best Nintendo home console. This has to be among the most unique Nintendo consoles but was a best seller at its time. The best part in my opinion is that it is backwards compatible with Gamecube games. The Wii controllers aren't really the best but are among them and also has other controllers that you could use to play with. It was a surprising thing at that time to use wireless controllers though not many people thought it was for them. The Wii also had its own shop where you could download many games. The games do have many online features and the controllers were attractive but the console was powerful at its time, though the quality wasn't the best. The plugs it used weren't really that good.

I know most people would choose the N64 because of nostalgia, but this system had a lot of amazing games, like:
-Kirby's Return To Dream Land
-Super Smash Bros. Brawl
-Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2
-Donkey Kong Country Returns
-Kirby's Epic Yarn
-Zelda:Skyward Sword
And plenty more. The Wii is possibly the best console ever in my book. It may have had its duds here and there (I'm looking at YOU, Ninjabread Man) but it makes up for it by taking icons like Kirby and Mario to the absolute best of the best in their games. This is my favorite game system of all time, enough said.

The Wii brought gaming to everyone, not just Nintendo Fans or gamers. With the motion controls and the backwards compatibility the console was basically two in one. This also sported the great feature of having so many controller options for your games. I mean, you have the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, the Wheel, Zapper, Wii Classic Controller and other options available. Thought the Gamcube had the best controller? Well, plug that in too.

Some of the best games with titles like Super Smash Bros Brawl, Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess, Metroid Prime 3, 007 Goldeneye Remastered, Red Steel 2, Sonic Colors and so many more.

This console also sold mroe than 100 million units and beat the PS3 and Xbox 360 in sales. Proving that Nintendo is still a force to be reckoned with in the market.

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.

4 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Super Nintendo Entertainment System Product Image

This is the best and last great Nintendo console. After this one, every fan moved to Playstation because it was the spiritual successor to the SNES. Every major series by a major developer (Konami, Capcom, Square, Enix) released games for the PSX like Metal Gear, Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest...those who voted for the N64 are kids that can't understand what made Nintendo great in the 8 and 16 bit eras.
N64 is easily Nintendo's worst console ever... If it weren't for Rare, it would have only three good games. Give me a break!

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.

The hardest hitting library of games rivaled only by the ps2 itself. The super Nintendo was something to be looked up to. It pioneered so much in the history of video games from the franchises it gave birth to to the artistic directions that ruminated in its presence (for example final fantasy iv or iii). And while single player was still the way to go, it also allowed multiplayer and could even support four people on some games with the multitap (like turtles in time). It was also a time Nintendo was at it's peak, starting with cutting edge technology and using good game design to extend the life of their console (the super fx chip for instance). Those who say the Nintendo 64 don't really understand how dated the console is, as amazing as that console is. It was experemental and didn't make a lot of correct decsions and suffered the numbers their library needed. The super Nintendo, however, was in is prime, it new what it was, it knew what it was doing, and it was because of this ...more

Greatest Nintendo Console of all time. Its not even debatable. look at the list of classics
Super Metroid, Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country 1-3, A Link to the Past, F-Zero, Yoshi's Island, Starfox, Super Mario RPG, Super Mario Kart, Super Castlevania, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy 3(6), Killer Instinct, Super Mario All Stars, Secrete of Mana, and the list goes on and on. People say the n64 but no way can it even compare

5 Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo Entertainment System Product Image

For the Nintendo classic there also be other new versions of the original Nintendo games like super Mario bros 2 wrecking crew pinball the legend of zelda 2 mega man 2 double dragon 2 the revenge Robocop back to the future t&c surf designs skate or die g.I. joe and teenage mutant ninja turtles 2 the arcade game star wars ghostbusters a week of Garfield snoopy's silly sports spectacular Godzilla smash T.V. and ninja gaiden with the same gameplay the stories on the backs of the cases art cards and mini posters of the games and 3d graphics

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!

Without this video games will not have become as they are now. Atari nearly destroyed video games and the NES saved it. And WatchMojo put it as it's best console ever.

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

6 Nintendo Wii U

In my opinion, this is the second-best Nintendo home console. This is Nintendo's worst-selling home console due to the ads and the name. Though it has a lot of problems, it is one of the best Nintendo consoles ever made. It is basically an upgraded version of the Wii with HD graphics, backwards compatibility with the Wii menu. The gamepad is in my opinion the ninth-best controller though it does have a lot of disadvantages and is compatible with almost every single Nintendo controller. It is weaker than the PS3 and Xbox 360 but is without a doubt better than the original Wii. The storage is pretty low but is still an awesome Nintendo console.

This is probably the most underrated video game console of all time.
5 reasons it's better than the Switch:
1. Backwards compatibility
2. The GamePad is the most innovative controller of all time (especially with New Super Mario Bros. U (5 players) and Super Mario Maker) because you can have the T.V. and GamePad screens both at once but the Switch cannot
3. The Pro Controller is just as good as the Switch's Pro Controller and can go for 80 hours
4. It introduced HD graphics and had some truly amazing games on there
5. The GamePad's battery life is 4 hours but the Switch's is 3 hours (with Breath of the Wild)

All of these systems are great, but if you look purely at the games, it is hard to argue against the Wii U. The best Mario Kart ever, the best Super Smash Brothers ever, some of the best Mario and Zelda games, DKC Tropical Freeze, Pikmin 3, Splatoon, and Super Mario Maker are all top-notch, and with the ability to play all Wii games and many of the classics on Virtual Console, this console truly is the greatest.

The gamepad; just playing off T.V., either Wii U or Wii games, with the gamepad or with the wii controller, plus it's backwards compatible, sweet HDMI graphics, wastes little electricity, looks good; basic, compared to other consoles, and has this feeling... this feeling of joy when you just play those epic games... this console, with the same amount of advertisement as other products have gotten, it would be number one in every website. People don't realize what a miracle this is!

7 Nintendo 3DS Nintendo 3DS Product Image

In my opinion, this is the fifth-best Nintendo handheld console. This is the first 3DS ever made. It looks like it is a boring handheld but it is indeed full of tech. The graphics have been improved, there are more buttons and also is able to play games in 3D. It has the home button which helps to navigate through menus and circle pad which helps to move in circles. It is backwards compatible with DS games and also has more apps.

Specifically, the New 3DS is the best dedicated handled out there. It comes with a ton of features such as a claim shell design, face tracking 3D, AR camera functionally, a built in stylus, StreetPass, and Miiverse (at one time) all notably missing from the Switch. The library is also stellar with solid entries in notable Nintendo franchises and DS backwards compatibility. My personal favorite part about the New 3DS is its Virtual Console. It is the best place to play NES, SNES, GB, GBC, DS, & 3DS all in one system.

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.

How is this not number one?
I guess no one remembers Super Mario 3D Land, Ocarina of Time 3D, Super Street Fighter IV, New Super Mario Bros. 2, and Pokemon X and Y?!? Plus Nintendo made a 3D system that is not horrible! (I'm looking' at you, Virtual Boy) And let's not forget that you didn't need 3D Glasses for it.

8 Nintendo Switch

In my opinion, this is the best Nintendo console. This probably isn't surprising and is technically a hybrid console. It uses a dock to be played on TV. It really is a great idea for a console ever. The joy-cons do have a few problems but they do have so much tech in them. You could just slide them in the console to change it to handheld mode anytime. The dock isn't the best but it is a fast transformation. Many Wii U games are now on the switch and some now have sequels. The console also has a pro controller you can buy separately and is in my opinion the best Nintendo controller ever made. It is the newest console so there may be more features coming in the future. It also can play virtual games like NES and SNES. The lite version of this console basically announced the end of the DS family. The modes show that it is more powerful than previous Nintendo consoles. The games in handheld are in HD and are able to play powerful games that only home consoles could handle. It is totally a ...more

In my opinion it's a good console.It's a modern console you can play when ever where ever.The only down side is that the controllers drift and the controllers are small the little kick stand is the worst of all.I have a switch and I mostly just use it to play fortnite.Other than that if you want a console from nintendo maybe get this console.

this is, obviously, the best console because it's th newest, but if we're doing for their times too, it's still one of the best. all the other ones on the list are ranked based off nostalgia and nostalgia only, and also people who weren't even alive when the consoles were starting to die. the only ones above it should be ds/2ds/2dsXL/3ds and the wii.

I love it, it's portable, it's a solid console and really I don't care about hyper-realistic graphics, I just care about having fun. I can play some indie games from PC and it seems that it has a decent portability so its library might keep expanding!

9 Nintendo DS Nintendo DS Product Image

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.

Best handeld game worth having. Especially if you get only 3 hours of electric supply per day.
Save for graphics, it is second to none in portable games.

Wow. this handheld device was incredible. Double screens for different uses is amazing. The tactile screen is resistant and the battery is really long. Good array of games too.

Not really the best. Almost. FE, Sonic and Kirby are better in the 3DS, but Mario, Pokémon and M&L(RPG) are better here. It's a hard choice between the 2 for the best nintendo console... Maybe DS' the best (nostalgia for the win)

10 Gameboy Advance Gameboy Advance Product Image

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.

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

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

Terrible console. Poor graphics. Terrible game library.

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11 Gameboy Gameboy Product Image

What can I say... it wasn't the Sega Game Gear (actually I remember Sega beating Nintendo on every technical aspect) but I guess, again, the game library was definite. I wasn't much of a fan of its screen but hey, it was revolutionary.

My first gamesystem, great games with marioland 1 and 2, Tiny Toons, Turtles 1 & 2. Formula 1 and Double Dragon. This was great on holidays and in the car.

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

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

12 Gameboy Color Gameboy Color Product Image

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

The natural step forward. Now with color.

13 Gameboy Advance SP Gameboy Advance SP Product Image

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.

This is not a Nintendo console. The GBA SP is part of the Game Boy Advance.

Has the same games as the original advanced and more portable!

My 2nd Nintendo console (my mom had a nes) Great library of games!

14 Nintendo DS Lite Nintendo DS Lite Product Image

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.

15 New Nintendo 3DS New Nintendo 3DS Product Image

In my opinion, this is the third-best Nintendo handheld console. This is when the names start to get ridiculous. New features like the C-stick, the ZL and ZR buttons have been added. They aren't really like what people want and aren't the best but it is better than nothing, right. It is able to play more games to it's a better processor. It also has the NFC reader built-in so you don't need a separate device to scan in amiibos. The main problem is that you have to unscrew the back to check the micro SD card but other than that, it is an awesome handheld.

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...

16 Nintendo DSi Nintendo DSi Product Image

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

17 Nintendo 3DS XL Nintendo 3DS XL Product Image

In my opinion, this is the fourth-best Nintendo handheld console. It is basically a bigger version of the original 3DS and also has a more fresh design. It has the second biggest screen of all Nintendo handhelds, the first being the Switch though the Switch is a hybrid console. It also is seemingly more comfortable than the original 3DS.

Great games, and awesome having a bigger display!

This counts more as a 3ds.

18 SNES Classic Edition SNES Classic Edition Product Image

In my opinion, this is the sixth-best Nintendo home console. It is basically the super version of the NES Classic. It doesn't have as many games as the NES Classic but they are still good and even has an unlockable brand new SNES game. It also has two controllers while the NES Classic only has one. The wires are still short but are longer than before. You could also add games from other virtual consoles.

Already great collection standard, with modification you can install your favorite games of choice. Is very close to the original, controllers feel very well and the crt filters are great.

While the snes has a large library of games, this thing is one of the only ways to get snes games today and has the official star fox 2!

19 Color TV-Game

What? Never heard of this?

20 New Nintendo 2DS XL New Nintendo 2DS XL Product Image

This is the best Nintendo Console to hit the earth! This can't be last! It should be first! Better then the 3ds and 2ds and the Ds it's the best of the nintendo consoles!

I love the look and its cheaper than the 3DS XL and has no 3D feature but I like the new design. Good job Nintendo! Your keeping the DS line together

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...

21 NES Classic Edition NES Classic Edition Product Image

Good feeling, but filters for CRT could be better. Controller cables far too short. But nonetheless great retro experience.

22 Game & Watch
23 Nintendo New 3DS LL

What is this thing? Never heard of it

24 Super Famicom Super Famicom Product Image

In my opinion, this is the fifth-best Nintendo handheld console. This is basically a Japanese version of the SNES and has different games. I would say it is better than the classic SNES because it is smaller and lighter.

25 Gameboy Pocket Gameboy Pocket Product Image

An original Game Boy that went on a weight loss program, enough said.

You want a Gameboy, but in the style of a Game Boy Color? You have this...

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