The 10 Best Nintendo Consoles

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This wiki has been updated 23 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Few things in this world are as responsible for as much fun — or as much misplaced time — as the various consoles Nintendo has released over the years. Ever since their first system hit the scene in the 1980s, gamers have been captivated by the company's user-friendly controls and wholesome titles, including those that made an Italian plumber one of the most iconic figures in gaming history. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Switch Neon

2. 2DS XL

3. Super NES

Editor's Notes

January 14, 2021:

Since 1985, when Nintendo released their first console, the Nintendo Entertainment System, they have been pushing the boundaries of gaming capabilities and delighting countless numbers of people in the process. Their latest iteration, the Switch Neon is proving to be one of the most popular yet. But let's not forget the remarkable consoles they have developed over the past three decades, for example, the GameCube Jet Black broke new ground in 2001 as their first release to use compact disks, and the Wii White was the first to incorporate motion sensors into the controllers, thus revolutionizing modern gameplay.

Whichever console you decide to become reacquainted with, remember that most are many years old, and therefore, with the exception of the Switch Lite and the Switch Neon, they are pre-owned and due care and diligence needs to be shown before deciding to purchase.

February 07, 2019:

Both the NES and Super NES on this list are modern versions of their classic counterparts, neither of which require cartridges, instead drawing on a library of pre-loaded games. This definitely cuts down on clutter, but users should be aware that any old games they have laying around won't be compatible with these updated models.

4. Switch Lite

5. Wii White

6. Classic Edition

7. Game Boy Advance SP

8. Wii U

9. GameCube Jet Black

10. Nintendo 64

Chris Gillespie
Last updated by Chris Gillespie

Starting his career in the building industry, Chris built and managed a plumbing and heating company in northern England. After 13 years, seeking a more fulfilling lifestyle, he moved to southeast Asia, eventually settling in Vietnam, where he teaches writing and comprehension at a number of international universities. Drawing on his previous experience, and his passion for kitesurfing and windsurfing, Chris is knowledgeable in all things water related both recreationally and within the construction industry.

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