Each new generation of consoles brings its own distinctive intro animations and sounds. They are a part of the “first boot” experience, and I know I am not alone in saying that I really enjoy discovering each new console’s startup sequence. They are a distinctive marker that says “This is a Nintendo/ Sony/ Sega/ insert manufacturer here console” and startup would be no fun without them, here are five of my absolute favourites!
5 – Nintendo DS
Okay, here’s my claim to fame – the Nintendo DS came out on my birthday. I never said it was a good claim to fame, but there you have it. I ditched school for the day and travelled into town to pick up Nintendo’s latest handheld, and was greeted with the distinctive tone that the company would go on to use widely in their advertising campaigns. It’s just a shame that the original DS was a bulky, angular mess of a console.
4 – Sega Dreamcast
The Dreamcast intro sounds a bit like dropping an aluminium can in a really large, empty bathroom, but it was the calling card of an awesome console killed off by predatory competition with better marketing and games. I’ll never forget.
Gone too soon.
3 – Sega Megadrive / Genesis
SEGAAAAAAAAAAAA. ‘Nuff said. (don’t pretend you didn’t say it in that voice)
2 – Playstation 1
I have a confession to make, I never owned a Playstation 1 – my house was a Nintendo only zone – but I had many friends who did. I’d go to their houses and play Crash Bandicoot and Metal Gear Solid after school, and I’d have a blast ! The one thing I remember most of all though, was the eerie, almost ghostly startup sound the Playstation made as it started up the game. I don’t if I like dit or not, but it made a mark on my – and I assume many other kid’s – childhoods.
1 – Gamecube
Trust Nintendo to bring a bit of innovation to the boot screen. The Gamecube had not one, not two, but three different intros, depending on which button you pressed and how many controllers you had connected. The default boot up jingle was a regular occurrence in my house after I came home from school, and it will forever have a place in my heart.