1. Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
The lord of all consoles. You can not list the claasics, legends and profits Nintendo made of the SNES series. Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country were highlights for myself as I saw Nintendo showing the world that gameplay was the most important element for a gamer. The Legend of Evermore: A Link to the Past is still held with Super Mario World as one of the greatest games ever to be produced. Without them, Super Mario 64 and Legend of Zelda: OOT would have ever been created and that's a scary thought to gamer's minds.
The console which some have forgetten had it's life extended by the (sometimes forgotten and underated) Donkey Kong Country Series. The graphics is a best example of pushing a console to it's full power and use. The wonder days of Nintendo and their battles with Sega at the other side. Shame those days are gone...
2. Nintendo 64 (N64)
Despite the poor power of the Nintendo 64 the biggest thing that happened to it was the sheer classics that came from it. It was like the SNES, a classic making machine. Super Mario 64 brought Mario into the 3D with a bang and set down the rules of how games should be made for the future. Multplayer was as good as sex when it came to Mario Kart 64 and Goldeneye 007.
Goldeneye 007 and Perfect Dark were the best shoot them ups for their period and not even Xbox 360's Perfect Dark Zero matched them in storyline and gameplay. But the N64 produced the greatest game of them all, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was a stunning and unbelievable game in its day. It was a game that opened me up to how graphics and gameplay together can produde the perfect game.
3. Game Boy Colour (GBC)
The Game Boy Colour was very successful as it was given the gift of Pokemon. The smartest game I have seen around for years. This entry at No. 3 is to note the "Microsoft like" power that Game Boy had on the world. Killing off every handheld that tried to take it on and the hundreds of games it produced over the years.
The Colour version was only just a stepping stone in the Game Boy series. Mario and Zelda were also part of the success too. I used to play it alot with Pokemon and much joy came from those times.
4. Nintendo DS (DS)
A new kid on the block compared to the higher placed consoles but it's been laying down it's own success by producing new legendary title such as the smart Brain Games that is pulling in the older people which was Nintendo's idea to expand it's profits and gamer's ages.
The touch screen idea and two screen handheld was a big leap away from the Game Boy but it proved to be the big sucesss that Nintendo was banking on. I have enjoyed the DS alot with Mario Kart DS and hoping to see that the Pokemon series and Legend of Zelda will add to the success of the DS to it's future.
5. Game Boy Advance SP (GBA SP)
Just for the reason you could fit it in a pocket was the big reason why I got the SP for that time period. The handheld sold millions of copies and gave the Game Boy the final bow to the world that it respected. The Game Boy's record is something that Microsoft and Sony can never take away.
6. Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
All gaming companies have a start and the NES was a wonderful of work when it was released. Super Mario Bros was the first killer title game for Nintendo and helped move the gaming world out of the 1983 video game crash. Selling over 60 millions this had set up Nintendo's future and the path to claiming the video game crown. A console where legends were born.
7. Nintendo Wii (Wii)
The only problem the Wii is the lack of time it has had to prove to be the greatest Nintendo console of all time. Time will show indeed. I have great faith in the Wii with the interactive way of the Wiimote and the stunning Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
Wii will need to produce the same amount of classics that the N64 and the SNES did in order to become a great console and a grweat profit for the gaming legendary company. I tip at least a top 4 placing by the end of it's life.
8. GameCube (GC)
The GameCube is seen by myself and others as a disappointing console that could have had more classic games on it. It didn't have the firepower against the Playstation 2 and Xbox that it needed and playing the Game Boy Advance seemed more exciting then this. However a couple gems came out of it. Super Smash Bros. and Mario Party keep the console going and improved from the last console. Nintendo did improve from this console to the next.
9. Game Boy (GB)
After nearly 20 years, it gets hard to stay up the charts as technology goes on. The placing I have given has nothing to do with the path it set for the Colour, Advance and DS. The Game Boy was truly something very successful and fun back in those days. Remember Tertis, one of the most successful games of all time. I still love playing the game today. Without the Game Boy's massive profits, Nintendo could have been killed off by Sony and Microsoft during the tough period of the N64 and mostly the GameCube.
10. Virtual Boy (VB)
Yes, even Nintendo can create stuff ups. The Virtual Boy was a terrible business choice but weith Nintendo, we know them by not playing by the normal rules and opting to create their own path (DS, Wii). The VB was really just a shit version of the Wii. But the console was put down and the Nintendo 64 was made, a step in the right direction.
Of course not everyone will agree to my rankings, that's why people can do their own. This is based on my gaming experience of over, well a long long time lol. Think about what made the console successful and what joy you got out of it.