Chart: Games in the Top 100 by Console

Each week throughout the Top 100 Games of All Time, According to GameFAQs series, I’ll be including an interesting chart that summarizes the results in some kind of unique way. These will, hopefully, give an extra layer of insight into the results. At the conclusion of the series, I’ll also be posting the raw results online for anyone to check out and analyze in their own way.

This week, we’re looking at the consoles that play the games in the Top 100. Note that for the purposes of this analysis, I’m only considering the consoles on which a game was released in its first year of existence. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, for instance, counts only as a Nintendo 64 game, not a 3DS game.

When I initially compiled this list, I was surprised to find the PC blew the other consoles out of the water. When I split the data between exclusives and multiplatform releases (multiplats), a different trend emerged. It’s almost as if there’s a certain period of transition in the Top 100. In the early years, most of the best games were exclusives: all the Top 100 games from the NES, Game Boy, SNES, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, and DreamCast were exclusives for their first year of release. The lone Sega console game on the Top 100 was a multiplatform release, but only amongst Sega consoles. However, during the sixth console generation, multiplatform releases started to become more common. The PlayStation 2, the generation’s most successful console, shared two releases with the GameCube, three with the Xbox, and two with the PC. By the seventh generation, multiplatform releases were the new norm: the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 combined for only three exclusives on the Top 100, but shared over a dozen games, either with each other or with the PC. The PC, similarly, has had eight exclusives over the years, but only one of them has come since the start of the sixth console generation.

Overall, while the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 hold the most total titles in the Top 100, the award for most exclusives goes to the SNES, the PlayStation, and the PlayStation 2. I won’t be doing a list specific on generations because it is difficult to divide the 8 PC exclusives and the 12 portable games into generations. Between this console listing and last week’s by-years listing, you can infer everything about the individual generations.

05 - Consoles

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