The '90s was a memorable, incredible decade. Apart from the founding of Lomography and the community, there were other fads and pop culture icons that made noise, forever etching in the minds of many... and the '90s was the decade of video games and the great console wars.
Firstly, let it be known that your dear author to this rather ambiguous retelling of the console wars in the '90s is no expert, just a pop culture enthusiast. Back then, there were only two kings of console gaming -- Sega and Nintendo. Think of it like Pepsi and Coca-Cola competing over who has the best fizz and soda.
Like all product wars, it was a battle that tried to usurp each one with a nifty piece of gaming technology. Oh boy, the '90s were full of it, most especially in the West. It was Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. The games at the competition? Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog, and they were both equally popular at the time.
Some of the famous consoles that were part of the 90's competition from Sega: Master System II, Sega CD / Mega CD, WonderMega/X'Eye, Saturn, Nomad. And some consoles from Super Nintendo: Super Famicom, Super NES, NES 2, Virtual Boy, Satellaview, Nintendo 64
So, how did the war end? It was a dark horse that came out of nowhere. Enter Sony's PlayStation, the clear victor in the console war. Step aside, Mario and Sonic, Crash Bandicoot is here. Sony won not just because it mastered early 3D graphics gaming and development, but also due to the notable releases that changed game creation and history -- Tekken, Resident Evil, Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid for a few out there, and it was a system of choice for major third-parties.
With the PlayStation, it was game over for the two, and the rest of the '90s Console Wars is history.
Have you ever owned any of these in the '90s? Share your thoughts by commenting below!
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