Ever thought about what your top retro game console is? A recent online survey seeking to find the internet’s top consoles might be able to help.
TopRatedCasinos.co.uk investigated which game consoles are considered favourites, relying on social networks to gauge interest in devices. Researchers looked for mentions of Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft consoles across Instagram, Reddit, YouTube, and TikTok. Popularity points were then assigned to indicate popularity.
How the Survey Worked
After compiling the list of devices, researchers created a list of naming variations (e.g. ‘playstation1’, ‘playstationone’, ‘ps1’, ‘psone’, etc.). These were compared on Instagram using its hashtag feature, and the results recorded. Similarly, they were checked on TikTok to find the number of times videos with those hashtags were watched; each variation mentioned in the r/Gaming and r/Games subreddits was also counted. On YouTube, videos were counted if they featured the console, information about it, or came from an official account.
Finally, data was assigned a score of 0-25, while consoles were given a score out of 100 to establish their social popularity overall.
While the Xbox One (2nd) and Series S|X and PlayStation 4 (1st) and PlayStation 5 unsurprisingly did well, a few retro systems also made their presence felt in the survey.,
The PlayStation 3, for example, was the third most tagged console on Instagram,and the second most talked about console on Reddit with 574,572 mentions.
As you can see, Nintendo’s 21st century systems did surprisingly well in the research, with retro game consoles such as the Wii and Wii U scoring well.
|NES (Nintendo Entertainment System)||2008000||151700000||162238||40015654|
|Nintendo Wii U||1548000||1370200000||260259||46270435|
|Xbox Series X/S||2151900||1161900000||162870||45295075|
The scores above were converted into more readable points, providing researchers with a score out of 25:
|TikTok||YouTube||Social Popularity Points|
|Nintendo Wii U||8.75||17.5||18.75||17.5||62.5|
|Xbox Series X/S||15||16.25||12.5||16.25||60|
|NES (Nintendo Entertainment System)||11.25||8.75||11.25||15||46.25|
As you can see above, the score for the Nintendo Wii U is particularly surprising, perhaps underlining how much it is admired by Nintendo die hards. Its current role as the must have homebrew platform for Nintendo users probably has some impact on this.
Take a look at the tables above. Did you spot any surprises?
Gaming since 1984, retro gaming since 2004. Contributes to Linux Format magazine and MakeUseOf.com.