News has surfaced that a new movie that’s in the initial stages of planning about the late 80’s and early 90’s console war between Sega & Nintendo (or should that be Nintendo & Sega?) which is based on the book; Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation by Blake J. Harris. The film is being billed as a business thriller about Sega’s underdog rise against the unstoppable Nintendo
Any gamers over the age of 25 or thereabouts will probably remember this as being a great time to be a gamer with Sega & Nintendo’s 16-bit hardware war (AKA Megadrive/Genesis v’s SNES) or who had the coolest mascot (Mario v’s Sonic). Perhaps you might remember the handheld battle between the two gaming giants (Gameboy v Game Gear) and the race for 3D and polygons with Super FX chip from Nintendo used in Starwing and Stunt Race FX and quite a few other games against Sega’s SVP Chip which had Virtua Racing and who could forget the Super Scope and the Menacer light gun that went head to head during this period.
Literally there are so many examples of how much competition there was at the time between these two I could go on forever. To many, this era in gaming is affectionately known as the golden period.
However, as with any war there were a few casualties such as Sega’s Mega CD and 32X and Nintendo’s Virtual Boy. Incidentally the general lack of enthusiasm for full motion video games on the Mega CD and slow sales lead Nintendo to drop development of their own CD add on which ironically lead to the launch of the original PlayStation which left both Nintendo and Sega for dust when it launched in 1994 but that’s another story, however it is fitting (or ironic) as its being picked up by Sony Pictures.
So Sony will be making a film about Nintendo and Sega, who’d have thought that, certainly none of us circa 20 years ago.
We’ll have more news on this as soon as we have it.
image: © Sega/Nintendo