It sounds dumb but my pick would be the SNES. There’s just something about 16 bit games I love.

The SNES has so many good games, like sf2. The first party games and some good arcade ports.

It also has a lot of good RPGs, like chrono trigger

The controller is really cute

Tho, the PSP is a close second. Tekken dr running at 3x resolution looks beautiful

Yes I’m a sucker for dpad centric devices. Yes i love emulation.

16 bit stuff looks amazing

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    3 months ago

    assuming “PC” doesn’t count… i’ll be a basic bitch and say nintendo switch. it’s the one i’ve played the most games on.

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      I’m not the OP, but if you had the most fun on PC, it’s for me the only correct answer.

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    The challenge with this question is that not everyone has played in every console, so like, for me, I can only comment on the Atari 2600, the Wii and the XBOX 360.

    From that small sample, the wii wins hands down. I loved the motion controllers a lot.

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      The Wii brought gaming to the general public in a way nothing else had. Like most modern Nintendo consoles it was under powered and gimmicky but the gimmick worked so well for people new to gaming, point at the TV or wiggle the controller as you would to do the thing in real life was a huge step to making an abstract concept make sense to people. For longer gaming sessions or more “serious” games the Wii controls were generally lacking but damn if Wii sports wasn’t good fun.

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        I think because it was so different from what came right before it: Gamecube, PS3, Xbox.

        Waving that Wiimote around was a blast for everyone, gamers and non-gamers alike. Tons of hours of play in this Sports Resort, for instance.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWo6zYZx2rM

        I get what @berttheduck said about long games / serious gamers but can you imagine your grandma trying to play most Switch or PS5 or other new console games now?

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    Nintendo 3DS. Extremely hackable, not too shabby selection of games, and… I swear I must be the only person on Earth who likes the 3D feature, but I love the 3D feature

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    If I had to pick all time? 3DS! It has sooo many games with supporting the DS and 3DS library, DSiWare, and of course homebrew.

    If I’m picking my current favorite I’ve got to go with the Playdate. It’s portable and has a lot of fun small-scale games.

    (yes I like handholds why do you ask)

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    It’s not dumb at all, no need to downplay your passion. Loud and proud I say!!

    My favorite is the PS3. Something about its design and library just speaks to me.

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      PS3 is my favorite too. I love that era of gaming. I emulated some I missed out on like Asura’s Wrath, Shadows of the Damned, and Lollipop Chainsaw and they really hold up well still with the art style chosen being more cartoon than realiatic for its time. And I’ve hopped in for short sessions in Red Dead Redemption.

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        I actually picked up a ps3 slim and a decent handful of physical games. You can still buy digital ps3 games too on the console itself

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    N64 for me, I’ll always remember my first all-nighter playing Super Mario 64 on Christmas.

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    The lazy answer for me is PS2, since that’s how I was able to play all the PS1/re-released games I missed out on. Pretty much all the Final Fantasy games, Chronl Trigger, Chrono Cross, Star Ocean… And then there was also FFX and Twisted Metal Black, some of the PS2 highlights for me.

    I think SNES still has my heart though. I feel like most of the major titles were better (more perfected) than their N64 counterparts. The Legend of Zelda LttP absolutely consumed me growing up and is still my favourite game of all time. Many years later I find I’m still interested in games that look like they could have been released on SNES.

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      Same for me. Lots of consoles have lots of great games, and I really like the idea of the PS2 library’s depth and quality. I bought a 1TB MicroSD card for my Steam Deck OLED and loaded it with a 1TB image of curated roms from a private tracker thinking I’d play a lot of the ones I missed…

      …But the only non-Steam game I’ve played is FF5 for the SNES. I’ve wanted to play it since I found out Final Fantasy “III” was a lie. The Steam Deck is the ultimate SNES RPG machine.

      That and my SD2SNES in my childhood SNES gets a lot of play time with my 6 y.o. son. He’s almost able to beat world 1 of SMW solo, but he prefers Kirby Super Star, where he can beat world 1 and most of world 2.

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    If this is some kind of question like “you can only play this in your lifetime” I’d pick up a DSi XL or closely a 3DS, I enjoy the DS library more, so it would be a downgrade doing it there, unless things have changed since the last time I checked.

    The reasons are simple, it has tons of great titles and many of them have a high replayability value.

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    Sega Master System. A kid never forgets his first video game system, and nothing has quite scratched that itch ever since.

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    GameCube. Lots of fun with that console, and Skies of Arcadia Legends is a highlight.

    Close second would be N64. The games were really unique, partly because designers had to work with limited hardware and a really bizarre controller. Mischief Makers is my all-time favorite for that one.

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    I quite agree. The SNES was a part of my childhood. Some of my favorite games to this day were on that platform. Donkey Kong Country 2, Mega Man X 1-3, Super Mario World, Yoshi’s Island, to name a few.

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    PSP, hands down. So many incredible games, it was a RPG powerhouse, that screen was great for the time and for me it was an “everything” device (I remember browsing the web and reading mangas on the PSP… Janky but incredible all the same).

    The Vita comes close - nigh “home console” games on the go and the OLED screen to make those shine.

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    PSP, followed by Gameboy Color, followed by Advance SP.

    I recently got a Retroid4, and took an amazing trip down memory lane with Mana Khemia, MG:AC!D, FF Tactics Advanced/A2, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, and a bunch of pkmn ROM hacks. All of them easily held up today.

    Unless SteamDeck counts, in which case it wins hands-down.