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Despite the fact that high-quality gaming has been consistently available ever since the Nintendo Entertainment System saved the industry in 1985, each console generation since has featured its share of ups and downs. In 2010, we’re afforded countless new luxuries that systems from gaming’s past couldn’t have dreamed of. However, this same thought that we have today has been thought of the PlayStation 2, Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo, and virtually every other system that’s been released in the past. In this feature, we’ll take an objective look back to see the pros and cons of each generation since 1985.
Era: 1985 - 1991Key system: NESRepresentative titles: The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros 3, Metroid, Contra, Mega Man 2Why it could be the best:
Why it might not be:
Era: 1991-1995Key systems: Super Nintendo, Sega GenesisRepresentative Titles: Super Mario World, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Street Fighter II, Final Fantasy IIIWhy it could be the best:
Era: 1995 - 1999Systems: PSone, Sega Saturn, Nintendo 64Representative Titles: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy VII, Super Mario 64, GoldenEye 007Why it could be the best:
Era: 1999 - 2005Systems: Playstation 2, Gamecube, Xbox, DreamcastRepresentative Titles: Grand Theft Auto III, God of War, Halo, Guitar Hero, Shadow of the ColossusWhy it could be the best:
Era: 2005 - CurrentSystems: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, WiiRepresentative Titles: Uncharted 2, Bioshock, Mass Effect 2, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Why it could be the best:
So what do you think? We're obviously in a very, very good age of gaming right now, but would you rank it as the absolute best? If not, which is your personal favorite?