Ranking each Nintendo console from worst to best
For more than 35 years, Nintendo has established itself as one of the largest gaming companies in the world, with iconic characters and franchises such as Super Mario, The Legend Of Zelda, Donkey Kong, and Metroid. Without Nintendo, the game could very well look completely different and not be as successful as it is. For this list, we’re focusing only on traditional consoles, rather than their portable line-up, but it will include the Switch as it’s a hybrid, but won’t include the Virtual Boy, although I don’t think anyone will not miss it.
Here’s every Nintendo console ranked from worst to best.
The Wii U was the victim of bad marketing that led to its downfall almost from day one. After the immense success of the Nintendo Wii, which has become one of the best-selling consoles of all time with 101 million units, Nintendo has sought to capitalize on name recognition with its next console. They decided to call it the Wii U, which ended up confusing a lot of potential buyers. Was it a new console? Or is it an optional add-on for the Wii? This led many people not to buy it, the console only sold 13 million units, only 12% of Wii sales. Many developers chose not to focus on making games for this, which led to a very small library of games that created a snowball effect. The developers didn’t make games for it due to low sales, causing people not to buy it because there weren’t a lot of good games to play, and the cycle is repeating itself. There were some great games in the system including Mario Kart 8, but that wasn’t enough to keep gamers coming back and the console unfortunately never lived up to expectations.
The Nintendo GameCube was the company’s first console to use discs. Although ranked very low on this list, the GameCube was a fantastic console, featuring a lot of awesome games like Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mario Kart Double Dash, Metroid Prime, and the Resident Evil 1 Remake. Like the Wii U, it suffered from a fairly small library of games, but what it had was largely good. It just goes to show how good Nintendo can be when fondly remembering the penultimate ranking console.
It seemed like everyone owned a Nintendo Wii, even the Queen of England had one. Released in 2006, the Wii sold an impressive 101 million units, supported by many family and party games such as Wii Sports and Mario Kart Wii. While not as powerful as the competition, Nintendo has created a console that anyone can enjoy. Motion controls aren’t for everyone though, and some games have been dropped by them. The Nintendo Wii had a lot of great games, but it also had hundreds of shovel titles that really diluted the library. However, the Wii will always be remembered and it was a great system for the time.
The Nintendo 64 had a very small library, as well as a cartridge capacity of 64MB, which meant that many games could not be ported to the system. But, it featured some of the greatest games of all time, including Ocarina Of Time, Mario Kart 64, and Goldeneye. The controller was a bit difficult for some people to use, but it’s really not hard to get used to. While the system has had a few weak spots in the library, it also offers some of the best games, so it deserves a higher place on this list.
3. Nintendo Switch
Nintendo’s current console, the Switch, picked up where the Wii left off and that’s what the Wii U should have been. The handheld / console hybrid is very accessible, a console that people can enjoy both young and old alike. It also became the perfect source of entertainment during the pandemic with games such as Animal Crossing keeping millions of people busy and entertained. The Nintendo Switch suffers from a similar problem to the Wii in that there are a lot of shovels, but it has a very strong overall library with games such as Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Animal Crossing: New. Horizons.
2. Nintendo entertainment system
Nintendo’s original console, the NES, helped shape the future of video games. After the video game market crash in 1983, Nintendo rose from its ashes with titles such as Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, ushering in a new era of video games, with Nintendo’s seal of approval guaranteeing that no excavator was on the system to increase the confidence of buyers. Without Nintendo and the NES, the game might not be what it is today, so we all owe a lot to this system.
1. Super Nintendo Entertainment System
After the NES, the Super Nintendo may be the perfect console. The 16-bit system brought one of the greatest libraries of all time, with titles such as Super Mario World, A Link To The Past, Donkey Kong Country, Chrono Trigger, and Super Metroid still influencing games today. . Nintendo built on the foundations of the NES, taking everything that made the system good and amplifying it to create their greatest console ever.