Amiga vs consoles LOLZ consoles obv
I might as well go waaaay back. I got a Commodore Vic-20 when I was 5. Loved it, programmed stuff on it ("10 PRINT "CECIL" 20 GOTO 10 RUN LOL" stuff.... well maybe a bit more advanced), got cartridges like Lunar Lander, Serpentine (my fave) and Sargon II Chess (which I actually beat twice!). Later on, I got a BBC Master 128 after nearly getting a Master Compact (thank God we missed that one, if the Master 128 was just a little bit incompatible with BBC games, the Master Compact was way less compatible just cos of its 3.5" floppy discs!) - king of all BBCs as far as I'm concerned. That stayed with me for years, but did also get a Super NES from Dixons (me: "Do you have the Super NES with Super Mario 4 pack?" Minimumwageguy: "Sorry we don't have Super Mario 4" me: (rephrasing) "Do you have the Super NES with Super Mario World pack?" Minimumwageguy: "Oh yes we do" *facepalm*). Then in Uni late 90s I got a PlayStation, then got a PlayStation 2 on launch, Gamecube (around that time when NIntendo decided to temporarily stop manufacturing them and dropped the price of the ones in stock to £75), PlayStation 3, Wii then the PlayStation 4.
At school though, obviously the... fightsdiscussions were over which was better, the Super NES and Smegadrive. Clearly the Super NES was superior with it's 32,768 colour pallete of which 256 can be displayed at any one time, Mode 7 parallax scrolling, 16-bit architecture, etc. the Smegadrive was... OK. Admittedly I always desired the Sonic games, which is why I snapped them up when they came out on the PlayStation later on! Anyway, Street Fighter II was the king of all games, even if it was £65 but at the time of release I didn't have a Super NES, but I remember the demo units in the shops being swamped by loads of kids playing it. When Turbo came out, I had one and I specifically went to HMV in Croydon to ask just before release day when the bloke there said it was exclusively being sold in HMV Oxford Street that day so I went all the way into London to get it. (Still) love that game. Still remember the hype for it on both Super NES and Smegadrive i.e. the Smegadrive's rough screenshots of Champion Edition, followed by NMS' screenshots of Turbo with a caption of "who needs Champion Edition now?" and then SEGA asking Capcom to put in Turbo instead, but supposedly SEGA getting into a little bit of legal issue which delayed the release of Turbo for a month (turns out that Nintendo had an exclusive on Turbo, which SEGA got round by releasing it as "Special Champion Edition" which defaulted to Champion Edition unless you put in a "secret" code LOLZ. Super was a weird one, it didn't look like it was going to come out in the UK so I got the US version (with converter) from a local importer instead... only for Nintendo to finally release it months (maybe a year) after the release everywhere else (via distributors "THE Games", who around the same time took over from Bandai I think).
I could go on about specifics but that's a very quick short summary on a small bit of my gaming life way back when. I could add that my sister got a NES and we got all three Super Mario games and played it to death, especially the KING OF ALL GAMES Super Mario Bros 3 (still one of the most amazing games ever as far as I'm concerned), I'll elaborate if anyone wants to hear more.