BanjoPickles wrote:I'm going to take some heat for my list:
1). I find most diehard Nintendo fans to be annoying with their nonstop rationalizing of every dopey Nintendo blunder.
2). I am convinced that the DS is the best system, game for game, that Nintendo has ever released. This, however, is coming from a retro enthusiast.
3). Shenmue was Sega's masterpiece.
4). This goes along with #1. I roll my eyes at the notion that Nintendo is the only company pushing innovation. If anything, I've always seen Sega, during their hardware years, as the more innovative, forward-thinking company, which partially explains why they are no longer in the ring. Nintendo, by comparison, always seemed more conservative.
5). Final Fantasy VI is the absolute best game in the entire series.
6). Metroid Prime was easily the best game in the entire series because it absolutely defied everybody's expectations!
7). Virtual Console is one of Nintendo's biggest missed opportunities.
8). Sony isn't given enough credit for emphasizing the importance of third-party software.
9). The Atari Lynx was an amazing handheld that deserved the support that it never got.
10). The Nintendo Gamecube was the third best console that Nintendo ever designed, behind the NES and SNES. I've never understood why people disliked the system. I loved the look, those discs, and also the controller itself, which fit my hand perfectly!
I'm late to this party, hence the many responses now, but I want to get my two cents in.
Alright, few things I'll take some exception/agreement with.
3) Shenmue... yes. I want to emphatically agree with that. The game is super advanced for its time, it holds up well, is supremely detailed... it is an absolute masterpiece.
4) Going to disagree with you here actually. Nintendo is conservative in some ways. They tend to market their product to children and nintendo fans exclusively, which is conservative, but they were the first to have a 6 button controller, first with shoulder buttons (snes), first with an analog stick (n64), first with motion controls, (Wii) and even the plunder that was the Virtual Boy was a technological achievement of the day. And I played it when it was new as a child... eye hurting, yes, but AMAZING back in the mid 90's? Yes.
5) Final Fantasy VI. This is literally the reason I quoted you. Of the "numbered" Final Fantasy games, this is my favorite. I even married a Terra. (Same spelling) She has super long hair like the game character, and could totally pull off a cosplay if I could convince her to die her hair teal... but I digress. VI is better than any of the PS ones in my opinion. Though Tactics is my favorite.
6) Not sure if I'd say the best in the series, I might still give that to Super Metroid, but it is really close. Metroid Prime was absolutely fantastic. And is one of the few FPS style games I like.
7) I would have liked to see Nintendo use the technology from the Virtual Boy in a new and unique way. I played it a lot when it was new and it was really, really cool back then... though only for short play sessions.
8) I agree with that point. Sony DESTROYED Sega, and made Nintendo barely able to hold on, entirely because of this fact. Back in the Playstation, Saturn, and N64 days, Sega and Nintendo made huge errors: Sega made the Saturn really hard to program 3d graphics on, which made third party developers flock to Sony, as it was easier to program for, and Nintendo stuck with the Cartridge format, which had been proven inferior in many, many ways by both the PS1 and the Saturn. Storage space alone was a huge issue on the N64, which is why the system does not have any epic Final Fantasy style RPGs. A 4 disc game would take many, many more cartridges to be able to handle the memory alone, and that was not possible or economically viable back then. Sony is still riding high on the 3rd party success from those days. (Looking at Console sales vs. Nintendo easily shows that advantage.)
10) Yeah... I don't get the hate on the GC, it's one of my favorite systems. I like it far more than my Wii, and the controller is my personal favorite of that generation of consoles.