Which Nintendo homeconsoles were primary platforms for you?
I'd say there was a Nintendo decade for those machines, from 1991-2001, and after that they fell too deep into irrelevance for me to care.
It was in the early 2000's that I started getting better access to computers and, as a result, more interested in PC games.
None. I didn't own a Nintendo home console until the N64 and the Playstation got much more use. Which is a pattern that repeated for every following generation.
The DS was actually the closest to being my primary console over the course of this gen. In terms of pure gaming I used it about as much as my PS3.
The NES, SNES, and for a little while, the N64. But I soon began seeing that there wasn't much on the 64 and that everything I wanted was on the Playstation. I sold that 64 and jumped ship, and the PS1 became my all time favorite console. I don't think that Nintendo has done anything groundbreaking on consoles since Mario 64. Look at the new Mario game. They are still chasing Mario 64. Same old, same old. These games aren't amazing enough to buy a whole system for when you consider how lacking their systems have been. Nintendo would do best to get out of the console business and make games for other consoles, while also sticking to handhelds. And I think something like this may happen soon enough looking at how poorly the Wii U is doing.
Pretty sure that when I had a GameCube that was the console I had the most games for. Other than that, on generations of home consoles both before and after that one, my games library was pretty balanced throughout the systems I had, until I got a killer PC build and started buying games on Steam like a mad man.
I kind of feel like I should put down the Wii, seeing as for a stretch of three years it was my only current gen console, but I'm really not sure. In that time I became mildly obsessed with WoW for about a year (before falling out of love with it entirely), and I didn't actually end up finishing any of my Wii games until after I'd gotten my PS3. Not to mention that for the entirety of 2009 I was just wishing for a PS3 (before the slim came out), but knew it wouldn't be happening.
As a kid I was the proud owner of a SNES and I played the hell out of those games even when the Playstation was at the hight of its popularity. This also triggered me to buy the Gamecube and I've used it as my main console for the biggest part of that generation of consoles before I got a PS2 on the cheap.
The PS2 exclusives hooked me to such an extent that I basically switched camps and bought a PS3 at launch. I don't regret that choice at all but Sony did test the limit of my patience as for a long time Resistance was the only game I owned on that platform simply because nothing else was worth spending any amount of money on.
Now I'm leaning towards buying a PS4 but I can't rule out getting an Xbone if the line up proves to be more solid than sony's.
Other than the Gamecube, all of Nintendo's consoles were my mainstay. NES, SNES, N64 and even the Wii were my go to source for home console gaming at one point in time. The Gamecube was an odd bird because I had a Dreamcast, PS2 and Xbox when I purchased it. The Wii was the shit from launch day until I bought an Xbox 360 two years later. The PC played a major roll in my gaming life too I might add.
The NES (RYGAR!!!) and the SNES (SuperMarioWorld)
I remember getting the NES for my birthday. I got the console and my older brother Chris got the games. very clever parents.
We got the SNES on Christmas morning. I'll never forget my mind being blown at the echo effect of the sound when Mario went subterranean in a pipe.
I think it went like this for me:
0. PC - I've always played and always will play on PC's. Started on Commodore 64
- Genesis with Sega CD towards the end
- Playstation (Bought N64 after a while)
- Dreamcast (Started getting deeper into PC's around this time)
- PS2 (then later an Xbox. Bought a black GCN for $99 way later in its life)
- Xbox 360 (PS3 and a Wii which I only ever bought 2 games for)
- PC (thinking about getting a PS4 at some point)
Assuming "primary" doesn't mean "exclusive," ... I suppose it's been every console up until now.
- I had an NES and a Commodore 64 around the same time, but the NES is what I primarily played.
- SNES was the only console of its generation I had.
- Same with 64.
- GameCube was all I had for awhile, though I eventually came into a PS2 and got a lot for it. Still, I'd consider GameCube my "primary".
- I got the Wii close to launch. It was probably about halfway through this generation before I got my PS3, and it's mostly what I play lately. So what's the ruling on a half/half?
No plans for NEXT GEN yet. Though I wouldn't be terribly surprised if I ended up with a WiiU first, since it'll end up having stuff I want faster than the PS4 will.
1. SNES. Also had a Gensis but SNES got way more play.
2. PS. Got N64 first but the PS was where I spent most of time.
3. PS2. Had all three but I only ever had a handful of games for GC and Xbox.
4. PC. Started with a PS3 got a gaming PC in early '09 haven't looked back since. The PS2 might be my dark horse second this gen. I spent a lot of time going back and playing PS2 games I missed or just love on my BC 60GB PS3. P3 and P4 are on top that list.
NES, SNES, Game Gear, PC, PS1, PS2, PC, Xbox 360, PC. Kinda how it ran down... Good start with Nintendo but then it fell off hard. My friend had a 64 and my GF had a GameCude but I never had a reason to get one myself. Had the handhelds all my life as well... but was nothing more then what I use my phone games for... just pass time on long trips or if I'm waiting for something.
All the way up through the N64, I was a young Nintendo fanboy through and through.
Granted, between myself and all my friends, I probably had access to every major system, and enjoyed a lot of non-Nintendo games-- but if it had ever come down to Console War, I knew where I stood.
By the time I bought the Gamecube, I was starting to look at the Xbox and Halo and wondering if there was a better way.
Then the Wii got announced... and, well, that was pretty much the last nail in my Nintendo fanboy coffin.
I haven't even played the last two Zeldas or the last two Metroids. What the fuck has happened to the world???
Back when I was a wee lad in the early 90's I had a Genesis and an NES and I played the Genesis more. That was the closest I've ever come to having a Nintendo system as my primary console. From there it was mostly Sony and Microsoft consoles. I own all the Nintendo platforms, except the WiiU, but only used them for a select handful of games.
Started with SNES when I was just starting to play games. All the games we owned were my dads or brothers though so I wasn't the one making any purchases. After that it was the N64 and then Gamecube/GBA. Once I got an original Xbox and Playstation 2 Nintendo consoles stopped being the primary ones in the house.
It's a weird thing, because while those poll results align with a general presumption of the "golden age" of Nintendo console gaming, I'm betting they also indicate a specific age range for the average Giant Bomb user. Is the youth market still where that company does most of its business? If you conducted this poll in fifteen years would it peak around the Wii?
Wii and Wii U have actually been the main *consoles* for me if measured by number of games bought (in Wii case my roommate owned a PS3 so I only bought Wii games, since I moved out and got a Wii U, I inherited that PS3 and am mostly working through backlog via PS+), but after GameCube I mostly game on PC (2nd place is DS/3DS). So I didn't check those two boxes.
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