The votes are in: Nintendo 64 is the greatest console of all time

consolewars1The people have spoken, and the Nintendo 64 is champion.

Our quest to find the greatest game console of all time — also known as Geek Madness: Console Wars — has finally concluded and it was the N64 (54 percent of the votes) just narrowly upending the original Nintendo Entertainment System (46 percent) in the championship.

The N64, debuting in the U.S. 17 years ago, was Nintendo’s last home console to use ROM cartridges and competed against the PlayStation and Sega Saturn. It sold nearly 33 million units worldwide before stopping production in 2003.

The path to the winner’s circle was not easy for the N64, as it defeated the likes of the PlayStation Portable, the Nintendo GameCube, the original PlayStation and the Xbox 360 en route to the championship showdown against the NES.

Here’s how the bracket ended up filling out:

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A big thanks to Geek Madness: Console Wars sponsor Nytec for helping to make this feature possible. And in honor of the N64, here’s one of the greatest video game-related YouTube videos out there:

  • Guest

    Congratulations to Nintendo for sweeping the podium! Although the company is no longer a serious contender for the home or portable console market, those markets would not exist as we last knew them were it not for the NES or for the N64.

    • DecoyOctorok

      How are they no longer a serious contender in the portable market?

      • Guest

        Every time I observe a man playing a game not at his home, I record the system on which it is played. Antidotally, based on 87 samples, 50 (57.47126436781609%) are using iPhone, 27 (26.4367816091954%) are using Android phone, 6 (6.896551724137931%) are using Windows Phone phone, and the remaining 4 (4.597701149425287%) are using Nintendo consoles.

        In conclusion, Nintendo is not catering to the 95.40229885057471% of customers who prefer to portagame on their phones. As a result, we believe that Nintendo is no longer a serious contender in the portable console market.

        This is a premium-response comment. For information about my antidotal study of men playing games within their homes, please provide $.

        • Guest

          You idiot! There are 7.046 billion people in the world. If only 4.597701149425287% of them bought a Nintendo portacons and three games, that would earn Nintendo $98,805,977,011.49425 in global revenue. I don’t know about you, but I’d love to have $98,805,977,011.49425!

          • Lewis Anderson

            Or if 100% of the people owned a Nintendo console with 3 games, it would earn them £1,273,515,178,000, ($2,149,030,000,000). That is alot!

        • Guest

          Friendly heads up, it’s “anecdotally”, not “antidotally”. Antidotes help reverse poisoning. Anecdotes a short stories about something you saw or experienced. Just trying to save you some embarrassment in the future.

        • DecoyOctorok

          I tip my fedora to your autism my good man.

        • $$it’s_all_dolla_bills_baby$$

          ahem, I’d like to see some rough/quoted numbers for “money spent specifically on portable gaming” before I accept that Nintendo isn’t contending in the field as JUST because everyone has a smart-phone doesn’t mean they all pay for the games on it, and in the business world, the “market” $$it’s_all_dolla_bills_baby$$

    • kahn

      While i appreciate your thoughts on the compition, I’ve gotta say you know nothing about the the industry. I feel like you haven’t read a gaming article since 2010

      • Guest

        Thank you for your concerns, but as noted above I have literally dozens of antidotes about the compition. If you compile your own antidotes, I expect that you will come to the same conclusions, namely that (a) Nintendo’s hardware is quite rare compared to the various premium gaming-capable phones, and that (b) the lack of official Nintendo games makes the copmany quite vulnerable in the market.

        We would recommend that Nintendo release a premium telephone handset combined with games console. In addition, we believe that Nintendo should follow in Sega’s lead and port its software to iPhone, to Android phone, to Windows Phone phone, to Blackphone, and to other phones.

        • LonelyTraveler

          I assume you mean anecdotes, not antidotes :)

  • Walt Henderson

    Back in the day, I was a freak for the original NES. It’s still somewhere in the basement of my Mom’s house. But because I was a game junkie, I have to add that the greatest game machine was the Commodore 64, also in the basement.

  • St. Louis Wrestling

    Game Boy beat out the Genesis? Seriously? There’s
    some other issues with this – they put the Odyssey One instead of Two.
    And the Phillips CDi is not in here. Also missing – The Bally
    Astrocade, RCA Studio II, Fairchild Channel F, Sega Master System, the
    Vectrex, Emerson Arcadia, Atari Lynx, Turbo Graphix 16, Atari XEGS, Nintendo Virtual Boy, Sega Game
    Gear. Really a lot of VERY GLARING omissions here. I mean how can you omit so many significant systems in gaming history?

    • DecoyOctorok

      Yep. For one, the Neo Geo AES was and is far too expensive to be considered a mainstream console. The PC Engine/Turbo Grafx-16 should have been included instead.

      • St. Louis Wrestling

        Ahem – the PS4 and XBox One are just as expensive as a Neo Geo.

        • DecoyOctorok

          You’re thinking of just the console itself though. AES cartridges are extremely pricey to collect. Even back then it was cheaper to buy MVS carts.

  • Aaron

    The N64 was a strong seller, and no doubt very influential, but its titles are now some of the most dated-looking games out there — moreso even than those of its predecessor, the SNES. It would be interesting to have a contest wherein voters were required to vote for the console whose games they still play. I suspect the N64 would be way down the list. It’s hard to even look at Mario 64 these days. The technology was really in its infancy.

    • DecoyOctorok

      I partially disagree. It’s very hard to look at N64 games played on an actual N64 on a modern HDTV. Most of the best games are still playable on an old CRT. If you play Super Mario 64 or Ocarina of Time on the virtual console, you’ll notice that they’ve been given a resolution bump and run in widescreen.

  • Martin_Alexander

    B.S.
    The SNES is where all the magic was happening!

  • balls187

    The results show the nostalgia divide of the voters.

    N64 was a really good system, but SNES was magic.

    SNES had so many great titles:
    Super Mario World

    Tetris Attack
    Street Fighter II All Editions
    Mortal Kombat II
    Final Fantasy II
    Final Fantasy III
    Secret of Mana
    Chrono Trigger
    Zelda Link to the Past
    Super Mario RPG
    Mario Kart

    F-Zero
    are all that I can name off the top of my head.

    • Dr. Andonuts

      Earthbound