What genre do you associate with different consoles?

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#1 FinalDasa  Moderator

It might be the games I played and I had access to, but I have always associated the Super Nintendo with two kinds of games: JRPGs and subpar licensed platforms.

I didn't play too many games for the PS2 but what I did play were mostly JRPGs I couldn't play anywhere else.

Over the years I still associate certain consoles with certain genres. The PSX still makes me think of RPGs and fighting games and the Neo Geo with top-down or sidescrolling shooters.

So what genres do you associate with which consoles? Are the SNES and PS2 really a JRPG machine or did I live in an RPG bubble?

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Mine are all obvious.

N64: 3d Platformers.

PS1: Fighting games and RPGs.

PS2 3rd Person Action games.

SNES Fighting games/2D Platformers.

Original Xboxen: FPS and Western RPGs

Xbox 360: Racing games and FPS

Dreamcast: Sports games and 3D Action titles.

Xbox Series X: Xbox One games.

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NES: Platformers

SNES: Platformers

N64: Platformers and FPS

Playstation: JRPGs, Survival horror

Xbox: FPS, western RPGs

Playstation 2: Character action games

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Weirdly, the 360 and PS3 were JRPG machines for me.

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#5  Edited By brian_

Genesis: Platformers and Sports

PS1: Car Combat

PS2: Sports and GTA

Game Cube: Smash Bros and those DBZ and Naruto fighting games.

360: Gears and Halo

PS3: JRPGs

PS4/Xbox One/Switch: Indies

I left the Wii U out because I have no idea what to associate with it. Bayonetta 2, I guess?

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NES: Platformers

SNES: Fighting games and Platformers

N64: 3D Platformers

PS1: 3D Action Adventure games

PS2: JRPG and Action Adventure games

PS3: 3rd and 1st Person Shooters

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PS5: Sim/Simcade Racing, Arcade Racers, and 1st Person Shooters

Xbox Series X: Sim/Simcade Racing, Arcade Racers, and 1st Person Shooters

Switch: Platformers, Rhythm and Kart Racers

PS4: Sim/Simcade Racing, Arcade Racers, and 1st Person Shooters

Xbox One: Sim/Simcade Racing, Arcade Racers, and 1st Person Shooters

Wii U: Platformers, Rhythm and Kart Racers

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Saturn: scrolling shooters

Wii: minigame collections

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From the consoles I’ve had

SNES: platformers

N64: Mario 64 - 3D platformers

Ps1: JRPG

GameCube: action-adventure

360: shooter

PS4: schlooter, shooter-looters- destiny

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Amiga: Movie Tie-ins and Racing

SNES: Platformers and Run and Gun

PSX: Racing, Action/Adventure and Sports

N64: Goldeneye and 3D Platformers

GameCube: RPG and Action/Adventure

Xbox: Halo and Racing

Since then, 360 and PC have been so multifunctional for me I don't really associate them with any specific genres I've also gotten a lot more piecemeal with my gaming and mood/time dependent. Up to and including the GameCube/Xbox I mostly played locally with others so getting a consensus for games was a lot more narrow, which makes sense to having a more focused genre association with those older systems.

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#11  Edited By fisk0  Moderator

Atari 2600/Colecovision/all that 70s stuff: Maze games and shooting galleries

C64: Shoot em ups and sports games

Amiga/Atari ST (both systems largely had the same games): Top down shooters and first person dungeon crawlers

NES: Ultima inspired JRPGs and "action adventure" games

SNES: Run-and-gun and a new brand of JRPGs

Mega Drive/Genesis: Military sims and experimental RTS games

Saturn: Experimental 3D platformers and puzzle games

PS1: Vehicular combat (gonna combine car combat, air combat and tank combat here) and tactical strategy games

N64: Racing and party games

Dreamcast: Whatever Shenmue was and 3D platformers with fixed cameras

Xbox: FPS and open world games

PS2: Sci-fi shooters (both first and third person), retro inspired shoot em ups and open world games

Gamecube: Survival horror and poor Mario games

Wii: Sidescrolling platformers and shooting gallery oriented FPS games

PS3: Third person RPGs and military shooters

360: Cover based shooters and driving games

WiiU: Mario Maker (that's a genre, I think?) and isometric 3D platform/action games.

PS4: Mascot/character action games with ~~serious narrative focus~~ and souls-likes

XONE: Live games and fighting games

I don't think the PS5 and Series X have been out long enough to form any kind of identity yet, I barely know of any games for either system.

And a bonus round of PC eras:

80s: Adventure games, flight sims

90s: FPS games, city builder/simulation games

00s: RTS games, immersive sims/stealth games

10s: Turn-based strategy, survival games

Extra bonus round of handhelds:

Game Boy: Puzzle games and shoot em ups

Game Gear: Brawlers and platformers

Lynx: Vehicular combat and proto-third-person-shooters

Game Boy Color: Farming/management and action adventure games

Game Boy Advance: Space sims and shooters

DS: Visual Novels and synthesizers/music production stuff

PSP: Open world and driving games

Vita: Run-based games and JRPGs

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NES: Action Platformers

SNES: Fighting/Beat Em Ups

Genesis: Platformers

N64: Racing

PS1: Fighting

GameCube: Action-Adventure

PS2: 3D Platformers

GBA: RPGs

Wii: Music/Rhythm

DS: RPGs

Xbox 360: First Person Shooters

PS3: Very specifically online loot based shooters (thanks Destiny)

PS4: Third Person Action

Xbox One: First Person Shooters

Xbox Series X: Third Person Shooters

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#13  Edited By Mezmero

I didn't play these 'genres' exclusively per console, but the ones I most strongly associate them with would be:

NES: Platformers

Game Boy: Platformers

Genesis: Sports, Beat-em-Up's

PSX: RPGs, Wrestling

Dreamcast: Fighting, Shoot-em-Up's

PS2: Character Action, RPGs, Survival Horror

Xbox(360)/PS3: Shooters

Wii: Nintendo games

NDS: Puzzle-Narrative

PS4, XBone, Switch: Best time to be playing games?

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@sombre said:

Weirdly, the 360 and PS3 were JRPG machines for me.

360 also saw a JRPGs for me as well. I remember trying to burn through a bunch of them with Blockbuster rentals.

Blue Dragon especially caught me despite its 3 discs and ridiculous difficulty.

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Dreamcast: Fast paced arcade games

Most Nintendo consoles: Adventure/platformers

Xboxes: Shooters and racers

Playstations: Everything

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@sombre said:

Weirdly, the 360 and PS3 were JRPG machines for me.

360 also saw a JRPGs for me as well. I remember trying to burn through a bunch of them with Blockbuster rentals.

Blue Dragon especially caught me despite its 3 discs and ridiculous difficulty.

Lost Odyssey is still one of the greatest I've ever played

Vesperia a close second

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Forgot about the Dreamcast.

Dreamcast: Arcade racing games

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Going to list the ones I'm familiar with or have an opinion on. Some like the Gamecube I jsut don't identify with anything.

NES - Platformers
SNES - Fighters
N64 - 3D Platformers
Wii - Sports/Mini-games
Switch - Indie ports, which isn't a genre but it's definitely how I identify that console (in a good way)
Playstation/PS2 - JRPGs, sports
PS3/PS4 - Third-person character action games
Xbox - FPS, Western RPGs (to a lesser extent)
Xbox 360 - First person RPGs
PSP - JRPGs
DS/3DS - RPGs

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#19  Edited By NexivSelecaf

Basically JRPGs for every PlayStation, because there's a fuck-ton of them, and Persona is the reason why I bother with Sony consoles and handhelds these days.

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NES: Sports (Duck Hunt, Excitebike, Punch-Out, Stadium Events)

SNES: Trashy licensed platformers (in retrospect it would be JRPGs, but in real life it was a lot of Tom & Jerrys, Lion Kings and Marvel-adjacent clones of better things I found later via emulators)

N64: 3D generally (Ocarina of Time, Mario 64, Blast Corps, Body Harvest)

PSX: JRPGs (Legend of Dragoon, Final Fantasy VII-IX, Xenogears, Chrono Cross)

Dreamcast: 2K Sports

PS2: GRAND. THEFT. AUTO. (plus EA Sports/Big, though just looking at this system it feels so diverse in what was successful and popular, easily my most diverse time for playing games)

PS3: NBA 2K series (I barely played games during this time, getting really into film history and being a music critic didn't leave me a lot of time for anything in games I had to pay close attention to, so I mostly just played MyGM and Ranked Online games of 2K on mute when I did game)

PS4: Prestige third person dramas (a proper fusion of the outside interests I developed during the PS3 era and the hobby I grew up pursuing most that's left me really excited about the future of games)

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Gamecube: Capcom exclusives getting canceled and/or released for other platforms and turning the console into a decorative feature rather than a piece of home electronics (or, Wind Waker)

Gameboy: Pokémon Yellow

Mac: Adventure games (Lucasarts), Star Wars games (Lucasarts)

PC: FPS (Medal of Honor, Call of Duty)