The first was actually Pong, if you want to call that a game console. The first "real" one was Colecovision. I got it, against the better judgement of my wife (she wanted to buy other stuff, like groceries), when the kids were small. I rationalized that it would help the kids develop hand/eye coordination. As a backup rationalization, I bought the Smurf game, which won her heart. Our favorite game was Zaxxon. I never really got into gaming after that, and neither did the kids, although one son has a Wii.