Which gaming console do you consider the most important of all time? Important I mean "influencial". Basically, which gaming console had the biggest effect on the gaming industry? I'm torn between the NES and the N64. The NES revolutionized the home videogame industry, which was very new at the time. Sure people had Atari's but I don't think anybody expected home based videogames to become as big of an industry as Hollywood. The NES was definitely very important in paving the way for the future of videogames that we know today as "the billion dollar videogame industry". That being said, the N64 did something that the SNES and previous videogame consoles did not manage to do. Capture the attention of casual gamers. I think the N64 is to the 3-D gaming era as the NES was for the 2-D gaming era. The N64 completely revolutionized the gaming industry by making 3-D gameplay mainstream. Sure Sega Saturn did it first but not anywhere near to the extent of the N64. I don't think we've seen a system since the N64 that had a greater effect on the gaming industry. The original XBOX was huge for online based gameplay but aside from that it isn't responsible for much beyond continuing where the N64 started. The Nintendo Wii has been huge for attracting non-gamers and casual gamers in ways not seen since the N64 days. It's way too early to declare it the most important gaming console of all time though. My vote goes for N64.