Even before time began, adults and children alike have been playing games. From simple marbles to cards, games have been present ever since. With the vast improvements in technology, everything became much different. The way we produce food improved. The water we drink became much safer. The way we do business changed. The way we play games evolved.

Gaming has been the forefront when it comes to technology. Since the arrival of the first generation consoles, people’s experience with gaming has only been improving. From simple moving sticks hitting a ball to an immersive 3D simulated arena, gaming has really come a long way.

Almost everyone has played with a console or two before. Whether it’s old school or to the more recent generations of consoles, almost everyone has had an experience with them. In no particular order, we take a look at the best consoles that ever came into existence.

Atari Pong

The Atari Pong is the most iconic console on this list. Although it only played one game, Pong was forever immortalized in everyone who played the game. The console was relatively simple; it only had a few wires and two joysticks that you could move up, down, left, or right. The Atari

Pong was responsible for bringing competitiveness between siblings and friends. People all over the world who brought the Atari Pong went crazy. Atari went on to sell 35 million units of this console.

Nintendo Wii

When it comes to console gaming, there are three big names that everyone should know. One of those names is Nintendo. It’s impossible for someone not to know Nintendo. They have one of the most iconic mascots in the gaming world. Remember that quirky Italian plumber wearing red? How about his brother, who wears green?

That’s right, two of the most iconic video game characters, Mario and Luigi, came from Nintendo. On every console that Nintendo released, these guys are on it. One of the best Wii u games was Mario Kart. The Wii was also a game-changer in the console wars. It deviated from the traditional gamepad and went on to feature a simple controller shaped like a tv remote. From there, you could swing, bop, shake, rotate, and press the buttons on the Wii controller.

Sony PlayStation

Also known as the PS1, this console was where a lot of kids truly enjoyed the video game world. The PS1 was the flagship console of Sony. Even up to this day, the clamor for the games available on this console is still in high demand. With games such as Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, Gran Turismo, and Metal Gear Solid, fans will love how the PS1 brought joy to living rooms all over the world.

Magnavox Odyssey

Credited as the first gaming console ever, the Magnavox Odyssey was extremely simple. The console didn’t even have sound. All it had were dots that would change on the type of game being played.

The simpleness of the Magnavox Odyssey, however, didn’t dissuade people from enjoying it. Retailing at $99.00 on release, the first-ever gaming console went on to sell 101 million units, making it one of the most successful consoles.

Sega Genesis

Even before the big three of the console wars arrived, Sega and Nintendo were battling it out for the best gaming console. The Sega Genesis made use of game cartridges that contained iconic games such as Golden Axe, NBA Jam, and Earthworm Jim. However, Sega also produced one of the most iconic game characters that would rival Nintendo’s Mario.

Sega introduced the blue, limit breaking, super-fast Sonic the Hedgehog. He was and still is one of the most famous video characters of all time. Sonic even has an upcoming movie. Even though Sega has lost the console wars to the big three, it still remains relevant today because of the games and consoles it gave to the world.

Microsoft Xbox

The big three of the console wars include Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft. Known for its iconic computers and the most recognized operating system, Windows, it only made sense that Microsoft tried their hand at video games. Microsoft’s first foray into the console wars enabled them to create the Xbox.

Microsoft was successful, even putting the other two gaming giants on notice. Due to its success, the Xbox sold over 24 million units. If Sega has Sonic and Nintendo has Mario, Microsoft has Master Chief. Master Chief is the protagonist of the Halo franchise, one of Microsoft’s most successful games.

Special Mentions:

Sony Playstation 2

Sony Playstation 3

Sony Playstation 4

Xbox 360

Xbox One

Sega Saturn

Sega Dreamcast

SNES/Super Famicom

Nintendo 64

Nintendo GameCube

Nintendo DS

Nintendo Switch