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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Video Game Console Lineage

Video Game Console Lineage

A brief summary of gaming console of the past, present, and near future


Ever heard of the Wonderswan? Remember when SNK made a handheld system? Oh man, remember how much hardware came out in 1995? All those good times...


Critical Bits will use this space to provide a list of all of the major console releases in video gaming's nearly 40 year history. The chronicle will stretch all of the way back to when Magnavox pioneered the industry with their Magnavox Odyssey in 1972. This is a continuous project mind you, so be sure to check back once in a while to catch up on our progress.

For the most part we've tried to stick as close as we can to the American release dates, but in the few cases where systems only came out in other countries we obviously use the appropriate release date.

Hope you enjoy!

Eighth Generation (2011+)
Current "next-gen"

Name: Wii U
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Release Date: 2012 (expected)


Name: Playstation Vita
Manufacturer: Sony
Realease Date: December 2011 (JP), February 2012 

Name: Nintendo 3DS
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Release Date: March 2011
Seventh Generation (2004-2010)

Name: Zeebo
Manufacturer: Zeebo Inc
Release Date: June 2009

Name: GP2X Wiz
Manufacturer: Gamepark Holdings
Release Date: May 2009


Name: Dingoo
Manufacturer: Dingoo Digital Technology
Release Date: February 2009

Name: HyperScan
Manufacturer: Mattel
Release Date: 2006

Name: Nintendo Wii
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Release Date: November 2006
Name: Playstation 3
Manufacturer: Sony
Release Date: November 2006

Name: GP2X
Manufacturer: Gamepark Holdings
Release Date: November 2005

Name: Xbox 360
Manufacturer: Microsoft
Release Date: November 2005


Name: Gizmondo
Manufacturer: Tiger Telematics
Release Date: March 2005


Name: Playstation Portable
Manufacturer: Sony
Release Date: March 2005
Name: Nintendo DS
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Release Date: November 2004
Sixth Generation (1998 - 2004)

Name: XaviXPORT
Manufacturer: SSD Company
Release Date: August 2004


Name: Tapwave Zodiac
Manufacturer: Tapwave
Release Date: May 2003

Name: Wonderswan Crystal
Manufacturer: Bandai
Release Date: July 2002

Name: Xbox
Manufacturer: Microsoft
Release Date: November 2001
Name: Gamecube
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Release Date: November 2001
Name: Gameboy Advance
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Release Date: June 2001
Name: Wonderswan Color
Manufacturer: Bandai
Release Date: December 2000

Name: Playstation 2
Manufacturer: Sony
Release Date: October 2000

Name: Nintendo 64 DD
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Release Date: 1999


Name: Dreamcast
Manufacturer: Sega
Release Date: September 1999

Name: NeoGeo Pocket Color
Manufacturer: SNK
Release Date: August 1999
Name: Wonderswan
Manufacturer: Bandai
Release Date: March 1999

Fifth Generation (1993-1998)

Name: Game.com
Manufacturer: Tiger Electronics
Release Date: September 1997

Name: Nintendo 64
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Release Date: September 1996

Name: Pipp!n
Manufacturer: Bandai
Release Date: 1995

Name: R-Zone
Manufacturer: Tiger Electronics
Release Date: 1995


Name: Nomad
Manufacturer: Sega
Release Date: October 1995

Name: Casio Loopy
Manufacturer: Casio
Release Date: October 1995


Name: Playstation
Manufacturer: Sony
Release Date: September 1995

Name: Virtual Boy
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Release Date: August 1995
Name: Sega Saturn
Manufacturer: Sega
Release Date: May 1995

Name: PC-FX
Manufacturer: NEC
Release Date: December 1994


Name: Sega 32X
Manufacturer: Sega
Release Date: November 1994


Name: Pioneer Laseractive
Manufacturer: Pioneer
Release Date: 1993

Name: 3DO
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Release Date: November 1993
Name: Jaguar
Manufacturer: Atari
Release Date: November 1993
Fourth Generation (1989-1993)

Name: Turbo Duo
Manufacturer: NEC
Release Date: October 1992

Name: Sega CD
Manufacturer: Sega
Release Date: June 1992

Name: CD-i
Manufacturer: Philips
Release Date: 1991

Name: Super Nintendo
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Release Date: August 1991

Name: Game Gear
Manufacturer: Sega
Release Date: April 1991

Manufacturer: Epoch
Release Date: March 1991

Name: Turbo Express
Manufacturer: NEC
Release Date: 1990

Name: NeoGeo
Manufacturer: SNK
Release Date: 1990
Third Generation (1980-1989)

Atari's Lynx
September 1989
NEC's Turbografx 16
August 1989
Sega's Genesis
August 1989
Nintendo's Gameboy
June 1989
Sega's Master System
June 1986

Atari's Atari 7800
January 1986
Nintendo's Nintendo Entertainment System
October 1985

(to be continued...)

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