The Best 90s Game Consoles Of All Time

The 90’s marked the time of the video game boom and if you were a kid in the 90’s, you played video games.  Here is our short list for the most popular and most iconic gaming systems of the 1990’s.

Original Game Boy

Release Date 1989

Alright so we’re starting off this list with something that was released in 1989, but we don’t care.  Do you remember sitting in the back of your family’s mini-van blowing into your Tetris cartridges?  Well I do, and it’s why this is on our list.  Every kid in the 90’s had a Game Boy and it is the quintessential gaming device of the time.  It had the best games, would last a very long time on fresh batteries, and no one seemed to care that it didn’t have any color.

Game Gear

Release Date 1995

When Game Gear hit the market, it had the ability to crush the ancient feeling Gameboy.  It had a bright screen, felt nice to play and for all of us who had been playing GameBoy for years, it felt like a huge step up.  The reason it did not become a GameBoy killer was specifically around two major things: Games and that bright screen.  You see, Sonic The Hedgehog couldn’t carry this device by it’s lonesome, and Nintendo just had a Monopoly on addictive games.  Secondly, if you were a kid trying to play your device without your parents noticing, it was almost impossible with Game Gear.  The screen was so bright that any kid under the covers would get caught immediately.

Virtual Boy

Release Date 1995

Virtual Boy is on our list because it was way ahead of it’s time.  Sure, it was only for the nerdiest and most socially irresponsible early gamers, but with the new advent of VR devices, Virtual Boy will go down in history as an innovator.

Playstation 1

Release Date 1994

When Sony hit the gaming market there was a good deal of skepticism (like X-Box years later).  But the original Playstation was the only console that could compete with the massive popularity of N64. With games like Crash Bandicoot, Grand Turismo, and a host of other more realistic games, it did a great job of creating an alternative gaming niche to the often more cutesy Nintendo offerings.  The only problem is that it divided friendships into PlayStation and N64 camps.  Me?  I was on the Playstation side.

Super Nintendo

Release Date 1991

Super Nintendo was the vastly popular next step after the original Nintendo console.  Graphics-wise it was a huge bump and offered all the classics.  It was met with it’s competitor, Sega Genesis but the Super Nintendo system far out performed Genesis and just like earlier situations, offered much better games.

Nintendo 64

Release Date 1996

And finally, the game console to end all game consoles, Nintendo 64.  N64 was an incredible console for it’s time.  This is a bit embarrassing but when it came out, I told my friend “I don’t think games will ever get more realistic than this”.  Ok, so I was a little wrong about that, but it goes to show where our head space was at at the time.  It out-performed Playstation in terms of graphics, and the games were incredible.  Mariokart, Zelda, Super Mario 64, Super Smash Bros, and most notably, GoldenEye.  Which to this day is ending friendships over Remote mines.

The Funniest Moments of the 90s

Clarissa Explains It All Fashion

Even though this show was completely awesome, you have to take a cold hard look at the cutting-edge fashion choices that Clarissa made.  It is essentially like an instruction manual for your next 90’s Halloween costume.  To get the full range of these outfits, you have to comb through various episodes, but it’s worth it.

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Where did Jonathan Taylor Thomas Go?

If you start to Google the name “Johnathan Taylor Thomas“, the next top auto-complete is the word “dead”.  So clearly this once teenage heart throb is so out of the spotlight that people think he actually dies.

But no, he is not dead.  Now 34 years old, Johnathan was once known as the most eligible teenager on the TV show Home Improvement, and also voiced Simba on The Lion King.  He graced the cover of countless teen magazines and in a time without much internet, he reigned supreme.

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The Best Toys of the 90’s – RANKED

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5. Dream Phone

Want to talk to cute buys but don’t know any?  This was the toy for you.  Of course, if you were using this when you were 16, you may have wanted to re-think your social life.

4. Bop It

Bop it was the ultimate time wasting tool, until you ended up hating it.  Even though it came out in the 90’s people actually still buy this thing.

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Wayne’s World: Wayne & Garth Costume

Wayne's World 90s Costume Idea

By Lori Ferraro

Cue Bohemian Rhapsody!

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey ruled the early ’90s as basement dwelling metalheads Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, hosts of Aurora, Illinois’ most excellent public access TV series.

In countless SNL sketches and two hit movies, Wayne and Garth made us laugh and taught us how to rock. And now you and your best buddy can recreate this rockin’ duo for a Halloween so awesome you’ll hurl! Take a schwing at these:

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1990s Important Events & Timelines

The 1990s marked the end not only of a century but also a millennium. The decade leading up to the year 2000 saw a lot of change and excitement, with many important events that shaped not only the 1990s but our lives since then. That change happened in every way you can imagine – politically, technologically, and culturally. With the Cold War over, Nelson Mandela free, and the Internet changing the way we work and live, the events of the 1990s provided the perfect bridge between the outrageous 80s and the dawn of the new century. We have put together all the 1990s events and timelines you need to understand this amazing decade. The events and timelines are broken down by year. You can make your way through the 90s sequentially or jump straight to a year of interest. We cover history and politics, music, TV, movies, sports, and important people who died and were born in each year of the 90s.

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Bob Ross Costume

Bob Ross costume idea

Bob Ross is everybody’s favorite painter with a fro and calm demeanor. His program, The Joy of Painting, ran for twelve years on PBS. In his soft voice and slow paced speech, he instructed us how to oil paint using simple techniques and steps that anyone could follow. While my projects never looked like much, Bob could transform a blank canvas into a work of art within 30 minutes. In addition to art tutorials, Mr. Ross provided us with life lessons too like, “We don’t make mistakes, we make happy accidents.” He also taught us that all things in nature a happy . . . “Happy Little Trees” and “Happy Little Clouds.” So why not honor this great artist and dress up like him. After all, they say imitation is the highest form of flattery.

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Jedi Costume

Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi, & Anakin Skywalker - Dress up like your favorite Jedi!

Love it or hate it, George Lucas’ decision to release a series of prequels to the enormously popular Star Wars films spawned a tidal wave of sci-fi fans desperate to prolong the magic of their favorite cinematic adventure. The Phantom Menace introduced the world to a new cast of Jedi characters, those renowned and powerful beings with the ability to manipulate the Force and wield light sabers with dazzling skill.

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Steve Urkel (Family Matters) Costume

Steve Urkel costume idea

Mention TGIF (or 90s TV in general) and one image that instantly comes to mind is Family Matters‘ Steve Urkel. You know, the nerd that annoyed the Winslow family (especially Carl). The nerd America instantly fell in love with. From his first “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” he had us hook line and sinker. Urkel, with all his quirkiness, endearing loyalty, and catchphrases, makes a standout 90s costume idea that’s both fun and oh so memorable. In fact, site reader Natalie from Phoenix, AZ transformed into Steve Urkel for Halloween. Let’s take a look at her costume and the trademark items key pieces that make up a great Steve Urkel.

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Friends Costume

Friends Costume - Joey, Chandler & Ross

Although it works better if you can get a group of both men and women together, the male characters from Friends still make a fun Halloween costume.

The show was and still is so massively popular that it is unlikely you will run into anyone who hasn’t seen the program. However, given that each of the characters was better known for their personalities than their wardrobes, you will probably have to accentuate their quirks or emphasize certain aspects of their costumes in order to pull off a recognizable imitation.

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