This week, 40 years ago Nintendo released their first ever console The Famicom, better known as the Nintendo Entertainment System on the 15th of July 1983. Little do people know that SEGA also released their first console, the SEGA SG-100 on the exact same day.
While the SG-100 isn’t the most remembered console (it didn’t even launch outside of Japan) it would be the spark of Nintendo and SEGA’s console war rivalry that would last throughout the 80s and 90s, coming to a head with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) vs the SEGA Genesis.
The funny thing is that this all happened before I was even born yet it’s still something that’s prevalent to this day. Just be part of the Gaming community or get more into almost any retro game and you’ll inevitably pick up a few of the details of how wild the Nintendo-SEGA console war even compared to the Xbox and PlayStation feuds of today. So I figured let’s talk about it what made this 90s Console Clash so memorable even to those that weren’t around at the time.
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