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Ten Best Consoles of 2013

 

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2013 was a big year for gaming consoles. We were on the brink of a new generation of systems, but the current gen wasn't showing any signs of going away. Huge games like GTA V and Call of Duty Ghosts proved that you didn't need to drop hundreds on new hardware to experience the best gaming had to offer. The influx of Android based platforms finally hit store shelves in a big way. Now low priced, HD games were were available to anyone with $100 and an HDMI cable. But would games that were fun on a phone translate to the big screen? You can't forget the impact that portable gaming made on the industry because when you talk of the best games released this year, a good chunk of them will fit in your pocket. 

AllGames has taken a hard look back on this epic year and come up with a definitive list of the Top Ten Consoles for 2013. If you disagree with some of the placements, additions, or ommisions (let's be honest, you -will- disagree), leave a comment and let us know how you would have ranked the best gaming consoles of 2013.

 


 

 #10 Ouya

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The Ouya started off with a bang, but a dearth of AAA titles and lack of graphical punch really hurt it. Hopefully the upcoming Ouya 2.0 will solve some of the problems, but it’s not the only android system on the block anymore and other consoles are already nipping at it’s heels.

 


 #9 NVidia Shield

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NVidia’s Shield hit late in the year, and it still managed to make a splash. Packing a lot more power then it’s android based brethren, it also added to ability to stream games from your PC. At $250, It’s high price is it’s biggest drawback in getting gamers to take the leap although the NVidia name will go a long way in gaining clout with the hardcore crowd.

 


#8 Nintendo Wii U

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The WiiU makes the list by just being itself. Nintendo wasn’t fooling anyone with it’s claims of ‘hardcore’ gaming at the console’s launch. Once the WiiU realized that halfhearted ports of Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed cutting it, Nintendo went back to it’s family based roots, and the system finally started to shine. New Mario, Luigi and Zelda releases marked an immediate and strong return to form.

 

 


#7 Sony Playstation Vita

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Sony isn’t giving up on portable. Not by a long shot. By adding a number of CrossPlay titles, and pairing it heavily with the new PS4, the Vita has received a renewed lease on life. The jury is still out on how many Vita based titles will be worth getting, but if you have a PS4, this portable is the perfect companion.

 


#6 Neo Geo X

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The Neo Geo X may not have been a big hit (it may not even survive through 2014), but it has a pedigree that outshines a lot of other consoles. Near perfect arcade ports of near perfect arcade games means that this is one retro console that still looks good on the big screen. And if you’re a fan of fighting games, then you really have no excuse not to own one.

 


#5 Microsoft Xbox One

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The Xbox One had a hard road to its release date with a number of PR missteps. On launch day, none of that mattered because the multifaceted console was able to silence any doubters with one of the strongest line up of titles seen on a system’s release day. With a ton of options including music, skype, movies, and tv, the Xbox One has made a solid argument to being the only entertainment box you’ll need. Time will tell if the lack of focus on purely gaming will be a liability.

 


#4 Sony Playstation 4

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The Sony PS4 was one of the biggest launches in the history of consoles, but it was marred with hardware failures and network outages. Fortunately, it was able to rise up from the ashes with the help of excellent titles like Resogun and Killzone that showed off the fourth Playstation’s strengths. Allowing users to stream gameplay directly from the console went a long way to making the PS4 a popular next gen choice. Now it just needs more games.

 


#3 Microsoft Xbox 360

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The Xbox 360 stood strong in 2013. With hit after hit, the console proved that it still had the power to deliver a great gaming experience. Although Kinect add-on was ignored by both gamers and developers, price drops on the core system helped keep the 360 at the top of the charts all year long. Xbox Live continues to be one of the best online services around and the biggest reason the 360 had stayed viable for so long.

 


#2 Nintendo 3DS/2DS

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Nintendo knows portable gaming.They’ve dominated the space since the original Gameboy and haven’t missed a step. A lower price on the 3DS and the release of the 2DS may have gotten the system into more pockets, but the constant stream of excellent games kept those systems turned on. New Pokemon titles, Animal Crossing, and the best Zelda game released in years made the 3DS a must own platform in 2013

 


#1 Sony Playstation 3

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Sony came strong in 2013 with the PS3. The Instant Game Collection promotion that gave PS+ members free AAA titles every month blew away other online services. Sony managed to deliver some jaw dropping exclusive titles like The Last of Us and Beyond Two Souls, along with a number of award winning Indie games. Even with the release of the next gen consoles looming, the PS4 was able to show that it’s not going away anytime soon.

 

AllGames Console Power Rankings 5/26 - 6/2

Each week the AllGames Console Power Rankings will the rank the impact of gaming consoles. This is not a sales chart. It is compiled by the Allgames editorial staff using data about each console's current status in the gaming zeitgiest. Media coverage, title releases, corporate dealings, and other components can all influence the rankings.  

Rank Last Week   Console Comments
15  -2  

Nintendo Wii

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Goodbye Wii, you will be missed
14  -2  

 Kindle Fire TV

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Not a single big game announcement since launch means, out of sight, out of mind.
13  +1  

Hyperkin Retron 5

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You know you want one, even if you'll never play it.
12  -  

Oculus Rift


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This counts as a platform, right?
11  -2  

Ouya

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Ouya will need a huge E3 presence to stop it's fall
10 -  

NVidia Shield

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So much potential.
9  +1  

 Steam Machine

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The new remote play functions make Steam very attractive
8  +2  

 Nintendo 2DS

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Let's be honest, most people slide the 3D tab all the way down anyway, right?
7  -2  

Nintendo 3DS

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 Rumor is, Nintendo may be annoucing new hardware, but the 3DS is still it's bread and butter
6  -1  

PSVita


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A pocket full of fun
5  11  

Nintendo Wii U


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The only major console that won't be  playing Watch Dogs this week.
4  +4  

Xbox 360

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So far, anything next gen does, the 360 can do, too
3  -  

 PS3

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 Still the place to play
2  -1  

Sony PS4

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Watch Dogs looks great on the PS4, but it looks great on everything else, too.
1  +1  

Xbox One

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You didn't really want a Kinect anyway, did you?
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GH101 Xbox 360 and PS3 Restrospectives

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Fred is joined by an all star list of guests as Gaming History 101 looks back on the longest, most successful, and most diverse generation of consoles. Steve (R9cast) and Norma (Knuckleballer Radio and Zombiecast) come on board to discuss the beloved Xbox 360. They take a deep look at the console launch, launch titles, significant advances, hardware setbacks, and a bunch of other ups and downs in Microsoft's second, and currently most notable, console.

Then Fred is joined by 42 Level One host Andy and Video Game Outsiders own Matt (@MattoMcFly) to reminisce on the Playstation 3. They look back on the launch, early titles, and myriad of ups and downs that Sony struggled with on its third console

 

Click Here for the GH101 XBOX 360 Episode  

Click Here for the GH101  PlayStation 3 Episode

 

AllGames Console Power Rankings 5/5 - 5/12

Each week the AllGames Console Power Rankings will the rank the impact of gaming consoles. This is not a sales chart. It is compiled by the Allgames editorial staff using data about each console's current status in the gaming zeitgiest. Media coverage, title releases, corporate dealings, and other components can influence the rankings.  

Rank Last Week   Console Comments
15  -  

 Retron3

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 It's not the mythical Retron5, but i'll do for now
14  -  

 Nintendo 2DS

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 The 2DS is a solid piece of tech that was made obsolete before it was even released. 
13  -  

 Steam Machine

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 Once they hit stores, they'll be a force to reckon with. But right now, Valve's traditional lack of promotion isn't helping to hype up the line. 
12  -  

 Nvidia Shield

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 Nvidia had a strong showing at PAX East...for it's graphics cards.Meanwhile, the Shield continues to be seen as just a remote display for the PC
11  -  

 Neo Geo X

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 The legal battle going on between SNK and Tommo isn't helping a retro console that had an uphill battle to begin with.  
10  -  

 Kindle Fire TV

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 Amazon enters the console wars with a bang. Voice Control, low price, big marketing blitz..but it forgot to bring the games
9  -  

 Ouya

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 Another cool Emulator release buys the Ouya another week of lffe. But how long can it hold out against Amazon?
8  -  

 Atari 2600

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 Nostalgia is a powerful force. Especially when it's dug up in the Arizona desert and hits every news outlet known to man. 
7  -  

PSVita

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 Sony refuses to give up on the Vita. And with a steady flow of titles this week, gamers aren't giving up on it either
6  -  

 3DS

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 The workhorse that's keeping Nintendo afloat.
5  -  

 Xbox 360

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 While TiitanFall proved the Xbox 360 is still relavent, another lackluster Games With Gold announcement takes away any momentum the console had
4  -  

 Wii U

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 Nintendo excited everyone with more Mario Kart 8 news. But it's still months away and there's little to play until then.
3  -  

 PS3

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 No BluRay, no problem. The PSN Plus free AAA titles are keeping the PS3 in the mix.
2  -  

 PS4

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 The PS4 is riding high off of strong sales and a solid lineup of titles. But the news of declining BluRay sales and big losses from parent comany Sony have shown a dent it the PS4 armor
1  -  

 Xbox One

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 The Xbox One managed to hold off the PS4 strong sales numbers by announcing a full lineup of online shows. Being able to throw the name Steven Speilberg around doesn't hurt.
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AllGames Console Power Rankings 6/16 - 6/23

Each week the AllGames Console Power Rankings will the rank the impact of gaming consoles. This is not a sales chart. It is compiled by the Allgames editorial staff using data about each console's current status in the gaming zeitgiest. Media coverage, title releases, corporate dealings, and other components can all influence the rankings.  

Rank Last Week   Console Comments
         
14  -  

 Kindle Fire TV

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Already forgotten. Say hello to the Fire Phone.
13  -  

Hyperkin Retron 5

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In stores. Finally.
12  -  

Ouya

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This counts as a platform, right?
11  -2  

NVidia Shield

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Nvidia may be having second thoughts about this whole 'console' stuff.
10 +2  

Oculus Rift

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Having the longest lines at E3 still means something.
9  -  

 Steam Machine

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Sony says they aren't worried about Steam Machines. Which means they're very worried about Steam Machines.
8  -  

 Nintendo 2DS

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Let's be honest, most people slide the 3D tab all the way down anyway, right?
7  -  

PSVita

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 Sony is still saying they support the Vita. People still dont believe them
6  -  

Nintendo 3DS

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Tomogotchi Life has given the 3Ds new life.
5  -1  

XBOX 360

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Microsoft is quickly leaving the past behind, and the 360 along with it.
4  +1  

PS3

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The most popular console in the world is still popular
3  +2  

 Nintendo Wii U

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Nintendo was stronger than anyone expected them to be at E3. Don't count out the Wii U yet.
2  -1  

Sony PS4

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Honestly E3 wasnt great for either of the big 2...but Sony pushed TV shows, so it fails
1  +1  

Xbox One

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Honestly E3 wasnt great for either of the big 2...but MS didn't push TV shows, so it wins
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AllGames Console Power Rankings 5/19 - 5/26

Each week the AllGames Console Power Rankings will the rank the impact of gaming consoles. This is not a sales chart. It is compiled by the Allgames editorial staff using data about each console's current status in the gaming zeitgiest. Media coverage, title releases, corporate dealings, and other components can all influence the rankings.  

Rank Last Week   Console Comments
15  -4  

Neo Geo X

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As E3 gets closer and with the legal battles still unresolved, it seems like the little retro portable that could...can't
14  -  

 Hyperkin Retron 5

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Hyperkin's mythological retro powerhouse might actually be close to being released...maybe..possibly
13  -  

 Nintendo Wii

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A final gasp as Nintendo turns off multiplayer for it's most successful system
12  -5  

 Kindle Fire TV

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It's starting to become apparent that Amazon isn't really interested in being a game company
11  -  

NVidia Shield

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 So much power in such a small package. If only Nvidia would let people know about it.  
10 +2  

Steam Machine

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As the PC Master Race begins to reassert its dominance, Valve's box will be a big part in moving it from the den to the living room
9  -  

 Ouya

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Ever feel like you're working twice as hard and not moving forward. That must be how Ouya feels every week
8  +2  

 Nintendo 2DS

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Let's be honest, most people slide the 3D tab all the way down anyway, right?
7  -2  

Nintendo 3DS

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6  -2  

Xbox 360


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If MS abandoned the Kinect, gamers are wondering how much longer the 360 has to live
5  +1  

PSVita

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New bundles made the baby Playstation look like a true bargain
4  +4  

Nintendo Wii U

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Mario Kart 8 has every one hyped. Now Nintendo needs to keep that momentum going.
3  -  

 PS3

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 Sheer numbers can't be ignored.
2  -1  

Sony PS4

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How will Sony respond to the Xbox price drop? Do they even need to?.
1  +1  

Xbox One

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A $100 price drop made the Xbox One a lot more desireable. But without the Kinect, can it still stand out? 
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AllGames Console Power Rankings 5/12 - 5/19

Each week the AllGames Console Power Rankings will the rank the impact of gaming consoles. This is not a sales chart. It is compiled by the Allgames editorial staff using data about each console's current status in the gaming zeitgiest. Media coverage, title releases, corporate dealings, and other components can influence the rankings.  

Rank Last Week   Console Comments
15  -  

 Analogue NT

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 Boutique Consoles may one day be a real market, but a $500 NES may not be the best place to start
14  -7  

 Atari 2600

Atari-2600

 Nostalgia may be strong, but it usually doesnt last long
13  -2  

 Neo Geo X

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 How much longer can this retro wonder stay relevant?
12  +1  

 Steam Machine

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 With E3 around the corner, people are are expecting some big reveals for Valve's wonder box
11  +1  

NVidia Shield

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 So much power in such a small package. If only Nvidia would let people know about it.  
10 +4  

 Nintendo 2DS

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 The stepchild of the Nintendo line up...although it's gaining on its Wii U big brother.
9  -  

 Ouya

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Ever feel like you're working twice as hard and not moving forward. That must be how Ouya feels every week
8  -4  

 Nintendo Wii U

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Weak (very weak) sales numbers have people wondering how long will Nintendo support their failed flagship
7  +3  

Kindle Fire TV

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Strong(very strong) sales numbers are making the Fire TV look like the next big thing, at least according to Amazon
6  +1  

PSVita

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 Sony saying AAA games aren't feasible on the Vita didn't help it. But the new pack of free PSN+ games did
5  +1  

Nintendo 3DS


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 Nintendo dodged a bullet with Tomodachi-gate. 
4  -  

 Xbox 360

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Without strong releases, the 360 may be slowly losing steam
3  -  

 PS3

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 Sheer numbers can't be ignored.
2  -1  

Xbox One

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The Sunset Overdrive reveal looks great. Now they just need to release some games.
1  +1  

Sony PS4

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Reversing gear on the Drive Club 'scandal' made Sony look like heroes...but dont forget that they tried it in the first place
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SC3 2014 Gallery

 On April 26th, Steve Hertz and the Southern California Classic Collectors (aka SC3) set up shop in Santa Ana, CA at the Last Arcade on the Planet and let anyone with a love for games (and a recommended $5 donation) relive the glory days of arcades. Inside were rows of classic arcade games and on the outside were tables filled with retro consoles of all shapes and sizes. From Asteriods to Zookeeper, everything was set to free play. Eventhough the games were the main attraction, the real treat was seeing video game lovers young and old get together, socialize, and just have fun.

Find out more info about SC3 at http://www.sc3videogames.com/and be sure to make it to the next meet up. You wont be dissapointed.

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