Nintendo Entertainment is perhaps one of the most well known systems. It was Nintendo's first console, and a very popular one. It is an 8-bit console. It is also called a NES or Nintendo for short.
The Super Nintendo Entertaiment System, SNES or Super Nintendo for short, is a 16 bit console. It has games like Lufia, Super Mario RPG, and more. It also introduces the Super GameBoy, an add-on that allows you to play GameBoy games on your T.V. through the SNES and a special cartridge.
The Nintendo 64 was a classic from the start. Super Mario 64 was the first game to use the Nintendo 64's analog stick (Heck, it was the first Nintendo 64 game!). The analog stick is now a part of common gaming thanks to this system. It has games like Goldeneye: 007, Super Mario 64, Pokemon Stadium, and Super Smash Bros. (The original).
The GameCube is a large, cube shaped system made by Nintendo. This system uses mini-DVDs as opposed to regular sized DVDs. This system has better graphics then the Nintendo 64, and boasts games like Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Pokemon Colloseum, Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness, and Luigi's Mansion, to name a few.
This system can also use the GameBoy Player attachment to play GameBoy, GameBoy Color, and GameBoy Advance games and accesories,
The Wii is Nintendo's generation 7 addition, featruing motion control, online play through Wi-Fi, classic games available for download through the Wii Shop Channel service, it's no wonder this is one of the best selling systems.
Ah, anyone remember the Game Boy? The first system that you could take on the road? With classics like Tetris, Pokemon Yellow, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, who couldn't? This is what gave birth to the Nintendo DS, the GameBoy Advance, the PSP. It's the original handheld, and will always be.
The Game Boy Color is the first handheld color system by Nintendo. It is known for Pokemon Crystal, Yu-Gi-Oh: Dark Duel Stories, and others. This system features compatibility with the black & white GameBoy Original games, the GameBoy Printer, Action Replay Game Boy and Game Boy Color, Game Genie, Monster Brain, and the GameBoy Camera. This system also has one IR port on the top by the cartridge slot.
The Game Boy Advance is a generation 6 handheld. It features vivid color screen, graphics that remind me of the SNES, and louder speakers then the Game Boy Color and Game Boy original. This console was redone twice, once into the Game Boy Advance SP and once into the Game Boy Advance SP Ver. 2. The version 2 featured a back lit screen that could be turned on and off.
The Nintendo DS is Nintendo's odd, dual screened brain child. The bottom screen is a touch screen, and the top is a plain ol' LCD screen. The Nintendo DS was a success, and went on to spawn the Nintendo DS Lite, Nintendo DSi, and Nintendo DSi XL. The Nintendo DS systems all feature a touch screen and microphone, but the DSi and DSi XL feature digital cameras, the ability to download DSiCade games.
An 18-bit system, the Sega Genesis is perhaps most well-known for Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, & 3; Sonic 3D-Blast, and Sonic & Knuckles. This system is really a run-of-the-mill system, with a few best selling games and accesories. It can use a Sega 32X which enables it to play higher graphic games.
The Sega Game Gear was Sega's first endeavour into the handheld gaming buisness. Unlike Nintendo's Game Boy, the Sega Game Gear boasted a full color screen that gave new depths to games. The few downsides to the Game Gear was that it used 8 "AA" size batteries (compared to the Game Boy's 4 "AA" batteries), and the Game Gears larger and bulkier size.
The Sega Saturn was the one of the first systems to save to the console itself, using a battery save feature, similar to the save system used on Nintendo Game Boy and Game Boy Color. The controllers originally used a simple D-pad and button system, but upon seeing the success of the Nintendo 64's analog sticks, analog controllers soon came along.
Sega's generation 6 edition, the Sega Dreamcast was a commercial failure, with only around 10,000 or so made. This system was the first to be able to connect to the internet, is could use a memory card that had a screen on it, and it had some large controllers.
Sony's very first console that started the whole chain of succesful systems. The Playstaiton (Affectionatly called the "PSX", "Playstation 1", and "PS1"). These systems made internal rumble motors popular, and dual analog sticks a must on most systems now adays
Sony's Playstation 2 console held the title of the best selling system for many years, with great games for entire families (Yup, even you "older" gamers). Games come everywhere from being rated "EC" (Early Childhood) to "M" (Mature) by the ESRB). The graphics and controls are smooth, the online play was some of the best in it's time (Second only to the Xbox).
The Playstation 3 is a gamer's workhorse. This system is capable of playing Playstation 3, online play, playing DVDs, CDs, and Blu-Ray discs. This system isn't as family oriented as the Playstation 1 and 2 consoles before it, but it has some decent games. Feel like downloading some of your old favorites from the Playstation? Yup, that's possible, too.
An old classic, the Atari 2600 intrudced us to games like Pac-Man, Pong, Pole Position, and more at home. The Atari 2600 will forever hold a place in every gamer's heart being Atari's first system.
Microsoft's first system, the Xbox featured graphics beyond it's time, online play that had massive communities such as Halo. The original controllers for the Xbox were cconsidered "too heavy", so Microsoft realeased a slimmed down "Controller S".