Looking back on video game consoles in the past 30 years, the popularity and potential for video games seemed to be fast evolving. In the early 80s, late 70s, the second generation of consoles were emerging including the Intellivision, which was considered the only threat to Atari 2600 at that point in time. During 1982, there was the release of the Atari 5200 super system along with the Coleco Vision console. Both were competing against each other, however, the Atari 5200 was under supported by Atari and as a result, did not gain the success of the 2600. However, in 1983, the first appearance of a Sega console arrived in the form of the Sega SG- 1000, although the SG was mainly a test for the Sega master system. This year also saw the introduction of a Phillips console along with a Sony console in the form of the MSX.
In 1985, the NES hit shelves and dominated the hardware charts, with an estimated 63 million units sold. 86 saw the arrival of the Sega master system and was a significant threat to the NES, however, the NES held 95% of the gaming market in North America and as a result, never received the success it deserved. Despite this, 1988/9 saw the release of the Sega mega drive "Genesis". This was the most successful Sega system, and even managed to level Nintendo's dominance on the gaming market to a 50/50 share. In 89, the Nintendo Game Boy was released and became "the" most successful handheld gaming platform ever, selling over 120 million units.
Along came the 90s and this represents the most influential consoles for my gaming experiences. Most notably, the Playstation and Nintendo 64. before these however, the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive 2 arrived in 1993 along with the Sega CD also. 94 also saw the appearance of the Sega Saturn which was a powerful 2D console, despite 3D gaining momentum. 1995 saw the arrival of one of the most popular and influential consoles on the games industry, the Playstation, spawning new gaming series such as Gran Turismo and Final Fantasy to name a few. The Playstation also knocked Nintendo from the top, which it had enjoyed success for over two generations.
1996 saw Nintendo's N64, despite bringing new features to gaming such as the analog stick and amazing games such as Ocarina Of Time and Goldeneye, it was no challenge for the superior Playstation.
Lastly, 1999 saw the Sega comeback in the form of the Dreamcast. Despite it having gaming gems and an impressive line up, it was crushed by the release of the PS2.