Published on February 24th, 2014 | by Tanuki0
Nintendo versus SEGA :: Console Wars Movie Revisits The 90’s Rivalry!
Make some popcorn and grab a Big Gulp of Pepsi because it’s movie time. Wait a minute …I jumped the gun there; just a tad. I’m all excited because I’ve just heard that Sony will be working on a film that details the classic console rivalry between — you guessed it — Nintendo and Sega. Yes! The kid inside me just wept a salty tear of 16-bit nostalgia.
The catalyst for the movie is based on the upcoming book, Console Wars, by Blake Harris, which focuses heavily on Sega of America’s Tom Kalinske era—an era that saw Sega rise out of moderate obscurity and onto the map as a gaming powerhouse. Tom was president and CEO of SOA from 1990-1996 and is known for his, some might say, brutal, beat-em-up marketing campaigns against Nintendo, as well as his risky financial decisions (e.g., price slashing of the Genesis, for example). The success of SOA was undeniably massive; and it lasted for several years until Tom left the company, allegedly due to tensions with Sega of Japan’s CEO, Hayao Nakayama. Over the years, the actual reasons for Tom’s departure have sparked debate amongst gaming fans, so it will be interesting to see Console Wars‘ handling of the pivotal moment.
The writer and director chairs will both be shared by Seth Rogen (Superbad) and Evan Greenberg. Set to produce is Scott Rudin (Moneyball, The Social Network). Let’s hope this film makes it to the big screen and isn’t a flop!
Poring over videos on YouTube from the heyday of Sega versus Nintendo, I came across this little gem that illustrates the former’s “blast processing” in games like Sonic The Hedgehog and Ecco The Dolphin. As a pre-teen, I can remember sitting on my couch and watching this commercial for the very first time. Once it finished, I recall the sharp impression those 30-seconds left: a desire to grow up and graduate to something new and exciting. I looked over at my (then) 5-and-a-half-year-old NES, and thought, “NES …I’m sorry. It’s not you, it’s me!” (*queue the breakup music*) From that moment on, all I could dream about was a new Genesis arriving under the Christmas tree that winter. My Nintendo would be decommissioned to a cardboard box and infrequently revisited thereafter. Such sweet memories though.