If you were a kid in the ’90s, it was a decade of Nicktoons, Dunkaroos, and perhaps most of all, console wars.
Sega, the scrappy underdog, was hellbent on de-throning Nintendo from its cozy throne, chipping away at its astronomical market share of the video game market. There’s finally a documentary for this tumultuous time. Everyone involved on the frontlines of this conflict is there, from Nintendo of America President Howard Lincoln to his young hotshot enemy Tom Kalinske of Sega of America. And while Nintendo had Mario, Sega too would develop their own secret weapon with a spiky-haired blue hedgehog whose name escapes me.
Crazy Commercials. Blast-processing. Green blood. Senate committee hearings. The documentary takes a deep dive into every single angle of one of the most memorable rivalries of the 20th century.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch Console Wars.
What is Console Wars?
Console Wars is based on the book of the same name by Blake Harris, which dramatizes the Sega vs. Nintendo console battles of the ’90s. The rights to adapt it into a show were picked up in 2014 by Seth Rogan and Adam Goldberg. The drama is still in development, and will also be available on CBS All Access.
- Premiers: September 23, 2020
- Channel: CBS All Access
- Genre: Documentary
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