ColecoVision was the best for me. It had many Nintendo games and also had the adapter to play the Atari 2600 games. Lets not forget about the steering wheel controller or the sprots controllers..GREAT SYSTEM!
The N64 hands down, when I was younger it had everything, including a unique yet usable controller. It had good graphics and all the games. For it's time, it's was just a must have. In comparison to today's next generation, the N64 was actually revolutionary to gaming.
I had Nintendo, Genesis, Dreamcast (modded), Super Nintendo, and the first XBOX.
The XBOX was my favourite. I loved the "S" controller, XBOX Live, and the graphics! After getting tired of Halo 2 online, I softmodded my XBOX, and loved it even more...
Soon after that I built my first computer (AthlonXP 2600+ barton), and bought a cheap *** MSI GeForce FX 5200, because I swore I would never play games on a PC, because I thought playing games using a keyboard and mouse was stupid... fast forward 8 years, another four builds, and 11 graphics cards later....
My first console was the Atari 2600, but my favorite gaming rig was the Commodore 64. It had the more games then you could imagine. I still play some of them via emulation on the PC. Kickstart was my favorite game if your from my era.
Amen, good sir. Gaming as we knew it has been dying a slow and ugly death for nearly a decade. However, I think there's a potential renaissance on the horizon. Look at some of the storied franchises that are being revived: X-Com, Simcity, Syndicate and so on. This gives me hope in a time where hope is hard to come by. Granted, its a given they'll be pushing DLC like mad, but so long as its not like Dragon Age where you cllck on an NPC who's offering a quest, and who then tells you <i>how much it costs</i>, that's fine.
(We also got some classics coming back on consoles - I played the new Twisted Metal two days ago and was a little disappointed. Too many buttons to worry about, some of the cars are not very good (and a couple were almost identical) and some of the maps are too big and convoluted. Hopefully they'll get some feedback like this and improve on a sequel, if there is one.)
This is a toughie. First was the Telstar Pong, I believe. Then came the Atari 2600, which was the NES of its day, and its bazillion games. Then another Christmas brought its replacement, the Atari 5200, which actually had amazing capabilities but probably the worst controller ever made by man (those side buttons..I still have nightmares). Nearly a decade later I plunked down money earned from my first job for an NES - I was late to the party, but I didn't regret it. FF 3, Master Blaster, the ubiquitous Super Mario Brothers and I forget what else..all amazing. Then my best friend got a Sega Genesis with its face-melting, arcade-perfect graphics and sound. What a beast..I borrowed it for a while but never owned one. The last console I ever paid for was a Sega Nomad that I bought used off my buddy, along with a couple games. There was a good RPG for it..think it was called Secret of the Oasis or something like that. Along the way I also had Atari home computers and PCs, and I used those far more than any console...except maybe the 2600. So, for the nostalgia, sheer number of titles and overwhelming place in my childhood, and since we are talking favorite <i>console</i> - well, the 2600 just has to be the winner. I suspect only those who've been pre-teens when a whole new level of game technology debuts can understand the experience: "transcendent" is about the only word that does it justice. If you were the kind of kid who hated sports and took comic books seriously it only amplified the impact. Sadly, I have been unable to really enjoy many console games since the debut of the PS1 with its thumb-hating billion button controller (which set the template for all that came later). By the time it arrived I'd been into PC gaming for a couple years and just couldn't learn to use those weird boomerangs.
Even though I am an Xbox 360 guy now. I originally hated Xbox and loved my PS2. With Grand Theft Auto and the original Killzone being the highlights of that time. It was my favorite system even though I did love the N64 and Super Nintendo, heck, even Sega with the CD attachment AKA Sega CD.
My dad refused to buy me a console. Instead he taught me how to build my own PCs. He kept me well supplied new PCs, and upgrades in between. He even helped me crank up my 386 33mhz up to an overheating 133 mhz beast when I was 7 (ish).
I'll do the same with my kids. My computer knowledge gave me a huge advantage over my peers, and I plan to give the same advantage to my children.
The nes has a great deal of nostalgia, I believe we got ours in 87 when I was 4. But the snes was a welcomed upgrade. Link to the past, mario cart, rock and roll racing, the new super mario with yoshi and a sweet saving system. Zombies ate my neighbors, street fight 2! I am going to have to go with the snes too. Twisted metal and tekken were my favorite ps games. I wasn't impressed with the n64's new zelda or mario. I liked turok and I think it might have had super smash bros. Pretty much drifted away from consoles but I shall return when the next generation comes out.
I also played a lot of soul calibur on the dreamcast with my friends in my high school days.