The Nintendo 64 (released in 1996) is the most popular retro video game console in the US. The PlayStation 2 (a 2000 baby), Game Boy (1989), and GameCube (2001) also make the top-four list. Here are some interesting callouts from around the country:
- The East Coast loves the PlayStation 2, with the exception of Maine, who’d rather play on a Nintendo 64.
- West Coast states like California, Oregon, and Washington love GameCube.
- Utah, Idaho, and North Dakota are Nintendo 64 fans—maybe feeling nostalgic for the ‘90s?
- Although Game Boy is one of the most popular retro consoles nationwide, it didn’t top the list as the favorite for any state.
You’ll notice that Atari 2600 (which was released in 1977) isn’t included on our list. Everyone who lived through the ‘80s will remember playing Space Invaders, PAC-MAN, or Frogger on the Atari, but since these consoles aren’t compatible with modern TVs, they aren’t in high demand these days.