Hey guys, I'm writing an article and I want to know, what was the shortest console generation? What was the longest console generation?. Thanks!
This is definitely the longest generation, though there was a seven year gap between the NES and SNES.
Measuring generations is pretty damn hard actually. You'll need to count months and also consider the fact that different companies release consoles in different years and those consoles are part of the same generation.
SNES to 64 is 6 years.
64 to GameCube is 5 years. PS1 to PS2 is 6 years. Tricky stuff.
Gameboy Advance: 2001 - Nintendo DS: 2004
Sega Master System: 1986 - Sega Genesis: 1989
Of course, for both of those that's just from the perspective of a single company, if you look at pretty much any generation from when the first console that was a part of it launched to when the first console of the next gen launched, they're all pretty long and it's much harder to determine.
I'm just going by Wikipedia here, but the 3rd generation went from 1983 - 2003 (20 years) as the NES was only officially discontinued in 2003.
My guess is that people are only considering the life span of initial launch to the launch of new consoles.