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Pinball Arcade/Terminator 2 - Bobby King Interview

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Dead Pixel Live talked to Bobby King, VP at Farsight Studios about their multiplatform title, The Pinball Arcade. He tells us about the differences a small studio can face when releasing a title on the Xbox 360 vs the Playstation, Ouya and mobile platforms. He also lets us in on some of the enhancements that are coming for the next gen platform versions of Pinball arcade, including the Wii U. We talk about the Terminator 2 Kickstarter campaign that is underway and how gamers can help them secure the license to the classic table. Mr. King goes over what new tables are on the way (-cough-Metallica-cough-) and even teases the possibility of some original tables from Farsight, and even a pinball construction set where users can create their own unique machines. Listen or download the interview below.

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Next Gen Console Alternatives

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Christmas means one thing and one thing only. New videogame consoles. This year gives us some huge offerings from the big three, Microsoft’s Xbox One, Sony’s Playstation 4, and Nintendo’s WiiU. But what if you dont want to follow the crowd. What if you have $500 of console buying money burning a hole in your pocket, but dont want to hand it over to those billion dollar corporations.

 

We checked in with some prominent members of the All Games community which consoles they would buy this Christmas, but with a slight twist. There are 3 rules:

  • They can choose as many consoles as they want, as long as the total retail cost is $500 or less
  • They can only choose new products. No rummaging through thrift stores or ebay listings.
  • The systems can’t be from Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft  

Take a look and see what they chose and let us know what alternative systems you'd get with $500 in the comments section.

 


 

 Derrick Hopkins (Dead Pixel Live)

DerrickH hosts the weekly podcast Dead Pixel Live here on Allgames.com. He's been known to dwell on retro gaming as a 'golden age' of gaming but oddly enough he still manages to get every next gen console.

 

His list shows off this duality with a mix of old and new consoles.

 

 

$250 - Nvidia Shield -

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This was a tossup between the Nvida Shield and the MadCatz Mojo. Both let me play phone games on the big screen, but the Nvidia Shield also lets me stream PC games, pushing it over the top.

 

$175 - Neo Geo X -

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It may seem a little over-priced, but when you realize this same setup with the games would have cost way over $1000 when it was released, it’s a no brainer. You get a flood of great looking and great playing arcade titles in a package that fits into your pocket.

 

$75 - Atari Flashback -

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It was either this or one of the Retron boxes. I went with the Atari Flashback because come on, it’s Atari.And unlike the Retron, it has 75 games worth of blocky pixel goodness already loaded in. It even has wireless controllers.

 

 


 

 

 Esgee (R9Cast)

 Stephen Gibson, otherwise known as Esgee from the R9Cast is a unabashed fan of high tech gaming. His selections reflect his interest in staying on the leading edge while still getting the most bang for the buck.

Listen to him and his cohost BrigitteB every Sunday on Allgames.com

 

 

$250 -Nvidia Shield-

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I'm not a super hardcore PC elitist, but the idea of being able to stream PC games to this handheld controller screen contraption is alluring. Not to mention it also has a suite of android based apps to choose from. To date, it's the most powerful handheld console. It's a beefy machine in a portable package.

 

$100 -Ouya-

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It's just my morbid curiosity that allows this console to reside on this list. I must admit of having some hype for this prior to release but as the reviews came in, that hype quickly turned to stoic mehs. I still like the industrial design of it. A very cool looking paper weight.

 

$60 -Retron 3-

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Let me first say that my first choice of consoles from Hyperkin was the Retron 5, but a delay due to faulty pins has caused me to choose it's older sibling. I have over 200 games and would like to have an all in one machine to accommodate my collection.

 

$60-Sega Genesis Arcade Portable by AT Games-

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I used to be a hardcore Sega Fanboy. I guess I kind of still am. The main reason I play video games, the game that made me fall in love with video games was a Sega Game. That game was Space Harrier. With it's 15 built in games and a SD card slot

 





 

 

 Lord Moon (Writer)

Lord Moon, aka Tracy-Mark Gorgas, is a long time contributor to AllGames. His tastes lean toward not just the Next Gen, but the Next Next Gen. Having played nearly every system out (and some that still arent), his list is filled with cutting edge tech and new ideas. Check out his latest review of LocoCycle for the Xbox One

 

 $250 -Nvidia Shield-

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Hard choice between the Madcatz M.O.J.O. and the NVidia Shield. I got to play around with the M.O.J.O. at E3 and found it to be a pretty damn good system and I like the fact they let you tap whatever Android market you want Google Play, Amazon, and Nvidia's TegraZone. The Shield looks to be limited to their store and Google Play.

But I love the idea of PC streaming. The Shield is also portable, the M.O.J.O. isn't. So I'd probably slide to the Shield. $250

 

$60-Sega Genesis Arcade Portable by AT Games-

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I'm more of a SEGA guy so I would go with the SEGA Genesis Ultimate Portable Game Player with a great collection of 80 games, granted it's limited to SEGA and CAPCOM games, but there is a good selection, plus again it's portable also. $50

 

$100 - Sifteo Cubes

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Lastly would be something that seems to flown under everyone's radar, Sifteo Cubes. I already have a set of these, both the original and the newer fully portable touchscreen versions. They make games a little more challenging and fun with each cube having it's own touchscreen.

  Leftover money would go towards games on the Shield and OUYA systems.

 

 


 

 Redertainment (Writer)

Hunter Red (Redertainment) values gameplay over all else when it comes to consoles. With a selection filled with retro consoles, he'll have access to hundreds of games great games and still have cash left over for extra controllers. Read more of his insights at , R.C.O.A.: The Four Stars Blog

  

 $60 -Retron 3-

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This is the Retron 3.  There have been many devices like this put out over the years, but this device combines all of the best things that all of the people who love retro consoles obsess over.  The Retron 3 is a Nintendo Entertainment System, a Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and a Sega Genesis all wrapped up in one.  While the Retron 3 doesn’t have all of the features of the upcoming Retron 5, namely the ability to play games from two more retro consoles, the Retron 3 has the unique feature of actually being available for purchase right now

  

$45 -FC Mobile II

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$75 -Hyperkin Supaboy-

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$60-Sega Genesis Arcade Portable by AT Games-

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There are plenty of options available for people who want to indulge in retro gaming on the go., such as the FC Mobile II and the Hyperkin SUPABOY, some options reek of piracy, like the At Games Ultimate Portable Game Player.  However, since these don’t involve me having to download game ROMs that may or may not work, I’m going to go with them

 

Throwing in the three portable retro consoles, along with the one non-portable retro console and two wireless controllers, brings my total $400

 


 

 

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 5/5 - 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

retron3

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

 Nintendo 2DS

Nintendo-2DS

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

 Steam Machine

Steam-Machine

 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

Atari-2600

 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

PlaystationVita

 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

Xbox-360

 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 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

NeoGeo-X

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

 Steam Machine

Steam-Machine

 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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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

NeoGeo-X

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 5/26 - 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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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

 amazon fire tv

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

Hyperkin Retron 5

retron5

In stores. Finally.
12  -  

Ouya

ouya

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

oculus-rift

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

 Steam Machine

Steam-Machine

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

 Nintendo 2DS

Nintendo-2DS

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

PSVita

PlaystationVita

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

Nintendo 3DS

nintendo3ds

 

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

XBOX 360

Xbox-360

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

PS3

ps3

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

playstation-4

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

Xbox One

xbox-one

Honestly E3 wasnt great for either of the big 2...but MS didn't push TV shows, so it wins
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