CONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least

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PostCONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least
by KK » Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:43 pm

YouGov wrote:In terms of coverage, the console king is the Nintendo Wii, which almost a quarter of Brits (23%) have played on for a notable amount of time - including approaching half (46%) of 18 to 24 year olds.

The original Sony PlayStation is Britain’s third most widely played console. One in six Britons (16%) say they’ve significant experience on it, including one in three 25 to 34 year olds. The console’s successor, PlayStation 2, was even more popular. Almost one in five Britons (19%) say they’ve played extensively on one.

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WAR!!! WHICH WAS BETTER?

Third generation: Nintendo Entertainment System vs SEGA Master System

It’s perhaps no surprise that the console which popularised video gaming’s most famous character – Mario, in the eponymous Super Mario Bros game – has proven to be the most popular console of its time. Of those who have played both the NES and Master System, half (52%) preferred Nintendo’s offering and only 35% Sega’s.

WINNER: NES

Fourth generation: Super Nintendo vs Mega Drive

Arguably the most relevant retro gaming reference point, given that miniature versions of both consoles with pre-loaded games installed have been re-released recently. The fourth generation is by far the most closely fought of our console wars - among those who have played both consoles, the Super Nintendo edges it at 47% to the Mega Drive’s 43%.

This would also prove to be the last time that gamers consider Nintendo to have come out on top.

WINNER: SUPER NINTENDO

Fifth generation: PS1 vs N64

Sony stormed into the fifth generation with their first ever console, the Playstation (PS1), and instantly dominated the market. Three times as many Playstations would ultimately be sold than Nintendo 64s.

Among those who played both the PS1 and the N64, Sony secures a healthy favourite majority (57%). Despite games like GoldenEye, Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, just three in ten (31%) plump for Nintendo.

Of the 3% of Brits who ever played on a Saturn, only 6% thought it was the best console of the generation.

WINNER: PLAYSTATION

Sixth generation: PS2 vs Xbox vs Nintendo Gamecube

No console generation before or since has been so dominated by one entrant as the sixth generation is by Sony’s Playstation 2. Enjoying an 18 month release lead over its two main rivals, the PS2 sold 3 times the number of Xbox and Gamecubes combined.

The sixth generation also marked Microsoft’s foray into the console market with the Xbox. Nevertheless, among this more crowded console field Sony still enjoys a commanding lead. Among those who played extensively on all three main consoles, almost half (48%) say the PS2 was the better console. Only 24% back the Xbox, and just 18% the Gamecube.

In fact, so popular was Sony’s console that even Xbox and Gamecube players prefer it (37% vs 31% in the case of the Xbox, and 43% vs 24% in the case of the Gamecube).

Only 5% of Brits have played a Dreamcast very much, with just 15% of those who did think it was the best of the bunch.

WINNER: PLAYSTATION 2

Seventh generation: PS3 vs Xbox 360 vs Nintendo Wii

The seventh generation of console wars also served as a proxy conflict for the battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD. The fact that a PS3 – which contained a built in Blu-ray player – was cheaper than a standalone Blu-ray player, while Microsoft’s Xbox 360 required an expensive add-on component to play HD DVDs, is considered to be one of the big reasons why Blu-ray ultimately prevailed over its rival.

Sony once again emerges the victor, with 45% of those who played extensively on all three consoles crowning it the king, compared to 32% for the Xbox 360 and 13% for the Nintendo Wii.

WINNER: PLAYSTATION 3

Eighth generation: PS4 vs Xbox One vs Nintendo Switch

Uniquely, Nintendo has two eighth generation consoles: the Wii U, launched in 2012, and the Switch, launched in 2017. The Wii U was widely held to be a flop, whereas the Nintendo Switch is performing far more successfully. Given the failure of the Wii U, we’ve only included people who played the PS4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch in the analysis for best console – for the record, only 6% of people who’ve played the Wii U think it’s the best console of the generation.

In any case, Sony is once again dominating the latest console conflict. Its PS4 secures 44% of the vote among those who have played all three main consoles – more votes than the Xbox One (21%) and Nintendo Switch (19%) combined.

WINNER: PLAYSTATION 4

A very impressive showing for the Xbox 360. Deserved a victory there I feel.

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PostRe: CONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least
by NickSCFC » Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:52 pm

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YouGov wrote:Seventh generation: PS3 vs Xbox 360 vs Nintendo Wii

The seventh generation of console wars also served as a proxy conflict for the battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD. The fact that a PS3 – which contained a built in Blu-ray player – was cheaper than a standalone Blu-ray player, while Microsoft’s Xbox 360 required an expensive add-on component to play HD DVDs, is considered to be one of the big reasons why Blu-ray ultimately prevailed over its rival.

Sony once again emerges the victor, with 45% of those who played extensively on all three consoles crowning it the king, compared to 32% for the Xbox 360 and 13% for the Nintendo Wii.

WINNER: PLAYSTATION 3


A very impressive showing for the Xbox 360. Deserved a victory there I feel.


Hmm, a bit of a contradiction there.

As for the Wii, I don't have many memories of it. I remember playing Wii Sports around launch in GAME (as in the shop, GAME) and at a friend's. And I did play Mario Galaxy having borrowed the console from said friend.

Other than that I don't recall anyone else in my circle owning own.

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PostRe: CONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least
by OrangeRKN » Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:21 pm

I'm surprised 360 didn't win out over PS3 (even though I would side with PS3 myself)

Also the WiiU is more popular than the Switch here :lol:

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PostRe: CONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least
by Preezy » Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:22 pm

I knew I wasn't enjoying playing the really enjoyable and revelatory Switch, piece of gooseberry fool is going in the bin when I get home.

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PostRe: CONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least
by Lagamorph » Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:23 pm

You can't say the Saturn was the least played when the Jaguar, CDi and 3DO aren't even on the list.

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PostRe: CONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least
by Dig Dug » Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:23 pm

The influence of american retro gaming media has skewered the Master System vs NES a bit. The master system absolutely battered the NES here but the system has become far more popular in the last ten years.

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PostRe: CONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least
by Balladeer » Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:24 pm

Yeeeees... The British public don’t have a good recent history when it comes to voting on important questions.

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PostRe: CONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least
by OrangeRKN » Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:25 pm

Also I just noticed the WiiU is missing from the generations votes :lol:

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PostRe: CONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least
by NickSCFC » Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:30 pm

Lagamorph wrote:You can't say the Saturn was the least played when the Jaguar, CDi and 3DO aren't even on the list.


OrangeRKN wrote:Also I just noticed the WiiU is missing from the generations votes :lol:


Guess they only listed consoles that people had actually heard of.

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PostRe: CONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least
by Ironhide » Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:35 pm

Lagamorph wrote:You can't say the Saturn was the least played when the Jaguar, CDi and 3DO aren't even on the list.


This.

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PostRe: CONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least
by Moggy » Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:44 pm

Lagamorph wrote:You can't say the Saturn was the least played when the Jaguar, CDi and 3DO aren't even on the list.


I’ve played a Jaguar and a 3D0, have seen a Saturn (but never played one) and have never even seen a CDi.

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PostRe: CONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least
by Preezy » Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:55 pm

I still really want to buy a Saturn. Not that interested in playing it to be honest, but it's such a good looking console. Dat box :datass:

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PostRe: CONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least
by NickSCFC » Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:57 pm

Preezy wrote:I still really want to buy a Saturn. Not that interested in playing it to be honest, but it's such a good looking console. Dat box :datass:


The Saturn, MegaDrive and MegaCD were all really sexy back in the day, a great compliment to consumer electronics at the time unlike the plastic looking PlayStation and Nintendos.

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PostRe: CONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least
by Dual » Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:02 pm

WiiU :lol:

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PostRe: CONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least
by HSH28 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:21 pm

So according to that poll more people in the UK have played 'extensively' on a Wii U than a Switch.

I don't believe it.

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PostRe: CONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least
by Vermilion » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:24 pm

I still have my Dreamcast, wonderful console.

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PostRe: CONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least
by Nintendonerd69 » Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:43 pm

Ah the Dreamcast, I still fire it up occasionally for a blast on Shenmue, also had Shenmue II back in the day but foolishly sold it on :-(

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PostRe: CONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least
by imbusydoctorwho » Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:26 pm

Wii U played more that Switch.

Wait! What?

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PostRe: CONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least
by NickSCFC » Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:28 pm

imbusydoctorwho wrote:Wii U played more that Switch.

Wait! What?


I'm getting the feeling this poll was done a while ago.

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PostRe: CONSOLE WARS! Nintendo Wii the most played console in the UK; SEGA Saturn the least
by KK » Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:10 pm

It was conducted September 2018.

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