I kinda like the NES toaster - it is boxy, but it is a nice clean design with decent colors.
The original Genesis, on the other hand...ugh. So stinkin' cluttered. A volume slider. "16-BIT" in large letters. All the angles and the black make it look like a 1985 Trans-Am, a look which has not aged well. But - it was an improvement on the SMS, which has all the clutter, angles, bad colors of the Genesis, only more so. The Genesis is like an SMS with a facelift.
But the SNES...now, that's ugly in a whole different way. Did they take inspiration from the XEGS (Pastels are cool!)? Actually, it looks like they took the toploader NES, which is also a decent design, and made it angular and boxy and purple (!) and ugly. Good job, guys!
And I've never like the Playstation - that dull, ugly gray, that boring boxy shape. At least it has soft edges.
Edited by vdub_bobby, Tue Feb 5, 2008 4:35 PM.