Growing up as a gamer during the ’90s meant the Sega Genesis and Nintendo/Super Nintendo were my first introductions to video games. With the NES as my very first console, I wanted a Super Nintendo for Christmas one year. As fate would have it, Santa delivered not a gray-colored box, but a sleek, sexy black one: the Sega Genesis. Since then, my best friend Sonic the Hedgehog and I have sped through the next few generations of gaming, where I ultimately took my talents to Sony’s PlayStation offerings. The rest, as they say, is history.
The ’90s gaming scene was cutthroat, with Sega and Nintendo at the forefront of the so-called “console wars.” As the infamous Sega ad read, “Genesis does what Nintendon’t,” which encapsulates what the entire first round of console wars was like, with Sega threatening to overtake Nintendo from their spot atop the gaming industry. Author Blake Harris will be publishing a book this summer focusing on Sega and Nintendo’s rivalry entitled Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation.
Interestingly enough, the project has been greenlit for a film adaptation directed and written by none other than Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This is the End, Superbad). The direction of the film will be entirely in the duo’s hands, so expect some type of comedic tone to it. It’d be interesting to see who they get for the film, and exactly how the rivalry will be depicted. As long as Sonic is represented in the best light, that’s all that I care about.