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Licensed as shareable via Creative Commons Attribution. Link to this page URL for Attribution.Some systems just don’t go out of style. With modern consoles having life-spans of 6 years on average, it’s no surprise that these old and faithful consoles have experienced a strong demand. We looked at how many years these hardware devices have been offered on the market.
#1 – Sega Master System
28 years and going
1986 – present
OK, so it’s only being sold currently in Brazil through a company called Tectoy, but we still think this is worth mentioning. The classic Sega 16-bit system is still on the market, and has experienced a resurgence in popularity with the re-release of 16 bit versions of popular games like FIFA 08 or Sim City.
#2 – Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom
Famous as the system that brought us Mario, the original Nintendo has long thrilled both American and Japanese markets. This classic system is still popular with retro gamers and indie developers today.
#3 – Atari 2600/VCS
This console was the home of Awesome Mix No. 1 in the retro world. With Combat built in and the handy joystick controller, this console introduced us to Space Invaders, Adventure, and the notoriously unpopular E.T.
#4 – Nintendo Gameboy
Perhaps the most well known in handheld gaming devices, Tetris would not be the same without this hardware. The portable game experience also spawned a library of unique games designed specifically for the early mobile platforms.
#5 – Super Nintendo Entertainment System/Super Famicom
90′s kids would not be the same without this gaming system. Fighting through the 16-bit console wars, this Nintendo not only survived – but thrived for 13 years. We are left with the happy memories of Donkey Kong Country and Starfox.