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How Scrappy Little Sega Nearly Dethroned Nintendo

An interview with Blake J. Harris, the author of Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation, on the topic of the early 1990s struggle for electronic entertainment supremacy.

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NYC_Gamer1183d ago

SEGA had solid consoles with quality software but Nintendo just had the better support from 3rd party & brand appeal with Mario and etc

XiSasukeUchiha1183d ago

Sega Dreamcast unfortunately was their downfall, but I still love the console though!

JohnathanACE1183d ago

The Dreamcast wasn't their downfall (actually it was doing pretty well) it was the mistakes they made with the Saturn and 32X that lead to their financial downfall.

Nerdmaster1183d ago

Saturn, 32X, SegaCD, and Game Gear.

JohnathanACE1183d ago (Edited 1183d ago )

@Nerdmaster
Darn I forgot about the SegaCD. Game Gear was actually really good (ate batteries like crazy though).

KonsoruMasuta1183d ago (Edited 1183d ago )

The Dreamcast also aided in their downfall. It may have sold out in North America but it bombed in Japan.

sonic9891183d ago

agree with you completely
man i really wish they were there right now along with Sony and nintendo ( old days ) .

Godmars2901183d ago

@KonsoruMasuta:
Still, only because of the mess and mismanagement involved with all the Genesis add-ons and the Saturn. Talking about the "Dolphin" almost before the Saturn was on the streets.

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Th3o1183d ago (Edited 1183d ago )

Actually Saturn was their downfall, Dreamcast was the nails on their coffin.

Saturn was a commercial Bust...too bad because the console was very advanced for it's time...to the point where homebrew exists even now on it.

Dreamcast lost because they chose GDrom instead of DVD. Once hackers managed to fit 1 GB of data onto 700 MB disk, they were able to burn as many games as they wanted.

In 2001 Sega introduced a Anti-Pirated Dreamcast but it was too late by then. I also think that dreamcast also got a mod later that year...so yeah:(

Dreamcast stands as one of my favorite consoles of all time.

I'm still waiting for Shenmue HD, like many others.

Although Sega CD and 32X were ridiculous in on their own, they were merely attachments. The true console that was a commercial flop was the Saturn. Which was the introduction of a BRAND NEW console. The 32X and CD were just a way of sega staying a float until the Saturn was out.

Kevlar0091183d ago

Sega had their sights then the Super Nintendo came, then the Playstation came, then their troubled game history came back to bite them.

Nintendo ruled the 16 bit era and Playstation certainly didn't do them any favors. Their cash reserves were low, couldn't turn the Dreamcast into a runaway success (even though it has some legendary games for it) and the competion was too fierce

At least they can say they're still alive in the software industry, and not some minor company but a profitable company with presence

SkullBlade1691183d ago

I think the Master System and the Mega Drive are great, those are my consoles of choice during their respective generations.

It all went downhill after those two though with a constant string of failures.