Trends & Relics from 1992 to Yonder: The Console Wars


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.

Super Famicom, Gameboy Color, Sega Saturn, Dreamcast. Images from GamesRadar

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.

Sony PlayStation. Image from GamesRadar

Have you ever owned any of these in the '90s? Share your thoughts by commenting below!

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  1. smolda
    smolda ·

    Hahaha, I still have Sony Playstation and GameBoy at home. :D

  2. bloomchen
    bloomchen ·

    I still have Atari 2600, Sega Mega Drive, PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2 & Wii at home.

  3. ekeupratama
    ekeupratama ·

    sega and playstation one :D

  4. gakurou
    gakurou ·

    HaHa! I am MEGA Driver!!

  5. carblkm5
    carblkm5 ·

    I still have my PlayStation 1! Every time I pull it out, I still get as excited as the day I bought it new.

  6. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    so true (y) my dad bought me my first ever nintendo in 1991 but my temper tantrum always made my game console broke 8DDD then he bought me super nintendo in 1993. when my mom went hajj to mecca she bought me atari. I was impressed by this none cassette game console and had many game, very different from mytwo previous game console which the cassette are veeeery expensive at that time. Later I know if atari was 80s game console haha unfortunately my atari also broke T_T I never like sega. I usually play sega at my friend's home but it's not as entertaining as nintendo or super nintendo I think =p maybe only "Fatal Fury" the game of seg which attracted me at that time. the icon of sega "Sonic the hedgehog" didn't impressed me at all at that time. And sony playstation really really help my social life at the end of 20th century - early 21st century because almost all of boy student at my school at that time ever come to my small rent home to played "Winning Eleven by Konami Japan" almost everyday. It really helped me learning Javanese language because at that time as a Sundanese who lived for a long time in Makassar I really got a culture shocked when moving to Semarang Central Java. After knowing analogue photography I never interested with any kind of game anymore bahaha I did it again long long spamming #BadHabit T_T

  7. tasjarhodes
    tasjarhodes ·

    Haha, I still have a PS One (the redesigned PlayStation 1)... :)

  8. pmonroe
    pmonroe ·

    I owned and played a TURBO GRAFX 16 (known as the PC ENGINE in Japan and France). One of the coolest systems. And while it was released in the U.S. in 1989, it certainly was the preliminary rival to Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis in the early 90s. Great article! I definitely want to dig out and play my TG16 now ;)

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