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What If: Sony and Nintendo Hadn’t Cancelled the SNES-CD?

PSUni: "Welcome to the first in a series of hypothetical questions about the history of the PlayStation. This series explore how the video game industry could have turned out differently had a few key details about the development and life of the PlayStation franchise been different.

The first, and most important question has is related to the very invention of the PlayStation console."

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Relientk771290d ago

I still wonder this, to this day. What would have happened to the video game industry.

jaggernaut251290d ago

Seriously...things would be SO different in SO many ways. It's really interesting to think about. I wouldn't be surprised if it was a one-system industry at this point that was pretty much all digital.

Alas, it is all speculation, though.

Relientk771290d ago

It's weird to think about the video game industry without Sony and the PlayStation family

theBAWSE1290d ago

Glad they never worked as partners because Sony has given me some of greatest memories in gaming alongside nintendos Zelda 64 and goldeneye

hellvaguy1289d ago

"PlayStation family"

They are your family now? Wow bro, lol just wow.

dirthurts1289d ago

@Hellvaguy
Dude. You don't get it at all.
Family, as in related. As in Related Playstation products (Vita, PS2, PS3, exclusives etc).
Really blew right over you huh?

hellvaguy1289d ago

"Related Playstation products (Vita, PS2, PS3, exclusives etc). "

So by your definition, nearly every company is a "family" because they have similiar lines of products. MS has windows 8 phones, Nintendo has gameboys, etc. Its was a nice attempt to mask fanboyism, but ultimately it wasnt very convincing.

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NukaCola1290d ago

I wouldn't want to change history if it meant that we would of never gotten the games that Sony and Nintendo had released since then...but to imagine what they could do together. There would be nothing else. Other than a PC, no console could withstand that force.

jaggernaut251290d ago

Very true, to think that the world would not have gotten so many games is weird. Then again, maybe the games would have been even better? Probably not though, competition spurs innovation.

DarkBlood1290d ago

yeah the legend of dragoon or goldeneye 64 babies wouldnt be born but the famous ff7 probably would of still happen

jaggernaut251290d ago

Thinking of a world without Legend of Dragoon makes me a lot sadder than I think is considered normal and socially acceptable :(

Thatguy-3101289d ago

Crazy how that little choice changed the gaming industry. Wonder how different it will be if Sony and Nintendo had stuck together.

Tsar4ever011285d ago (Edited 1285d ago )

Well 1st of all, Sony wouldn't be in the gaming industry, back then, Sony's boss wasn't the least bit interested in the game console biz. It was all because of ken kutaragi's boss wanting payback for Nintendo betrayal of "the deal" by back dealing with, I think Panasonic. That's when Kutaragi's boss was pissed and gave him the go-ahead to create what we know as the PSX/PsOne console to compete against nintendo and defeat them.

And Microsoft wouldn't have bothered jumping in the CONSOLE gaming biz, after all, they had the PC market. The reason they joined because they were so impressed psone's world-wide popularity wanted in the mega profits Sony was dominating when they quickly phased out the SEGA's sega-cd, which forced Sega to quickly make the SEGA SATURN to no avail. Nintendo's SNES was phased out so they decided to keep the cartridge format while they switched to the N64 which also sealed their fate that generation. Sony made it ALL about the CD format due to 3d poly graphics and far superior CD quality audio.

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Godmars2901290d ago

My guess is with Nintendo largely calling the shots even if Sony had positioned themselves to make off with most of the cash, the Playstion name would have been a foot note.

@DarkBlood:
While there would have been a FF7, it wouldn't be the one we know today. No cross dressing Cloud who got gang raped in a men's spa - before putting on a dress - at least. Also no Xenogears.

rainslacker1289d ago

Yeah, Many people love Sony and the PS brand today, but they were being pretty aggressive with Nintendo when it came to revenue's and IP rights. It's not something you hear much about anymore, but Nintendo didn't want to give up their IP's or licensing revenues so easily.

Sony even made the announcement that it was going to happen, only for Nintendo to turn around and say "nope". Was quite a big deal back in the day. The PS almost never happened as many board members didn't see the need for it. It took some persistence on Kutagari's part and moving it over to Sony Electronics(a separate division of Sony), for it to finally get the green light.

I'm glad it worked out the way it did. The PS1/2 years were awesome for gaming, with lots of innovation and fun games. Competition has been great.

strigoi8141290d ago

Then we will never experience HD gaming yet..coz there is pretty much no innnovation and competition

jc485731290d ago

I think Nintendo would've made the same decision then.

BitbyDeath1290d ago

Sega would likely still be around and EA or someone else big would likely have made up for the 3rd.

rainslacker1289d ago

Sega had a lot of issues unrelated to Nintendo on why they went down. They were already working with MS with the DC, and if it weren't for the DC demise MS may not have made the first Xbox as quickly as they did.

There's no rule that there has to be three competitors, but I imagine after the SNES CD-ROM Sony could have branched off anyways to do their own thing. If they made profit off Nintendo's back, then they would obviously see how they could make more going it alone.

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