Nintendo vs. Sega: The Console Wars w/ Nostalgia Critic – Awesome Video Game Memories

The Nostalgia Critic joins the BGP crew as they talk about one of the most intense console wars in gaming history: Nintendo vs. Sega! From the NES vs. the Genesis to the Dreamcast vs. Gamecube along with even Sony and Microsoft entering the battle, who won the war that raged from the 80’s to the 2000’s?

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51 Comments on "Nintendo vs. Sega: The Console Wars w/ Nostalgia Critic – Awesome Video Game Memories"

StandardSanders
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So many memories. I was Super Nintendo all the way but I enjoyed playing Genesis at friends’ house for games like Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, etc.
Then you had the kids who owned both and were way spoiled, screw those kids 😛

Chicken Puppet
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That’s really about as far as it went…

Honestly the “console wars” of the 80s and 90s are really overblown and nothing compared to the console fanaticism of today. Those “console wars” consisted almost entirely of a few hyperbole infused commercials.

Most kids either had a Super Nintendo if you were into RPGs, and a Genesis if you were more into sports. The arcades created a nuetral ground where all the coolest new gimmicks and tech lived first.

Cyborgwolf
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Double dose of Nostalgia critic! I didn’t know this channel, i’ll def check it out

TheSKARD1
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My first console was an Atari 2600. Later I bought a PlayStation at a garage sale. I don’t think I got any systems when they were “modern” until PS2, DreamCast, and GameCube.

TragicGuineaPig
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Little known fact: back in the 1970s, Nintendo owned a chain of “love hotels” (and if that sounds sleazy, you’re on the right track). Sort of adds a whole new meaning to Hotel Mario, huh?

Closet80sfan
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Nintendo also sold Adult Novelties back in the 50s as well.

Chicken Puppet
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Aside from my thoughts that this video really overplays the effects of the console wars, I have to say Heather does a nice job as narrator. She’s pretty good and with just a little more practice she’ll have that pro-documentary reading inflection down perfect.

happymel
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I came for the Nostalgia Critic but this was really interesting since I wasn’t born until the late 90’s and don’t remember most of this. I guess I’ve been on the Nintendo side by accident despite mostly having Playstations. I remember getting a Game Boy Color from a secondhand shop sometime in the 2000’s. I loved playing Mario Tennis on it. I also remember having the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. Regarding the Gamecube, I have one but I only have two games for it. Despite all that, I don’t think I’ve ever finished a Nintendo game in my… Read more »
FIDreams
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You know I like Nintendo but video games were NOT dead just after the crash and before the NES (Yes I’m that old to remember). Video games Home Consoles? YES, they were dead, however the PC market took off albeit most kids parents couldn’t afford it (Game Eg: Lode Runner (1983), Archon (1983), Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.0 (1982), Zork Trilogy (1981-83), etc.). The Commodore 64 was doing very well at the time with it’s games (Game Eg: Impossible Mission (1984), Ultima III: Exodus (1984), Boulder Dash (1984), Summer Games (1984), etc.). Don’t get me started on the Arcades, but once… Read more »
Chicken Puppet
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As an old school PC gamer who had older siblings with an Atari myself, don’t get too hung up on trying to quantify or disprove the “Nintendo saved gaming” meme. It’s just that for several years after the Atari sunk, retailers saw home gaming consoles as poison. Nintendo marketed their console as a “toy” (hence R.O.B. and the Zapper), and along with stricter software quality control showed retailers video games could be quite profitable again. Now: – would someone else have eventually come in and made affordable home gaming a thing again? – certainly! – were arcades and early home… Read more »
FIDreams
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Yes, it was called being a business. Console gaming companies before that time were a joke. With most of them will tell you that it was. Mostly because it was a new medium, and it was going to fast to figure out what to do with it. I’ll give the NES props though. They on the other hand had the foresight and set great standards that are felt today. I won’t deny that Nintendo wasn’t great. I just don’t like the whole ‘Nintendo Single Handedly brought video gaming back from the dead after years of nothing.’ Dismissing some great gaming… Read more »
Chicken Puppet
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I think the truth lies somewhere between the two extremes. More accurately, Nintendo -revived- a dead home console industry and made it mainstream. Computers were still a very niche market in 1984.

TragicGuineaPig
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There are several factors in play here: First, in the early 80s, video games were a huge fad. What I mean by that is, it wasn’t just that there were video games out there, but rather that people were largely impressed with the novelty of them. Space Invaders, Pac Man, Donkey Kong – these games didn’t just give players something to do; they captured people’s imagination. The Atari Crash of 83 wasn’t so much a death of video gaming of that era, but rather a drastic, long-term decline of video gaming. The novelty of the medium had worn off, and… Read more »
Closet80sfan
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The Crash or collapse didn’t hit the market until the Spring of 1984, not ’83. Nobody knew a crash was occurring during 1983.

SoulGrind
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Got a Dreamcast, love it. One of my fav all time consoles. Powerstone, Shenmue, VF, Crazy Taxi, KOF, Soul Calibur, Jet Set Radio, DOA, MVC, SFIII, Virtua Tennis were only some of the awesome games it has. i hated sonic adventure. Sega’s mistake was they didn’t advertise enough. They shot themselves in the foot by underestimating their own console. It had heaps of potential. Had to many consoles to list, although i did stick with Sega mostly through my childhood and only had the original gameboy for Nintendo. My mates had Nes – Snes so i just played theirs. I… Read more »
Dimitus
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I’m from Europe so I think the console wars never really hit our area. I never owned a nes, I got snes as our first, and last, console and most of my friends had snes too. I remember playing nes at a friends place at some point but it seemed clunky. Probably because I had already played cool games on my brothers pc. Basically only mostly good games got released here so I played all the good stuff on snes; donkey kong countries, link to the past, super metroid, super castlevania, killer instinct, illusion of gaia, flashback etc. But all… Read more »
Excalinurbot45
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When I was a kid my parents didn’t allow me to have video games at all. However, my Grandpa was a huge technophile and loved gizmos and gadgets for the simple fact that they were cool. So during the early years of the Console Wars, my grandpa bought both the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genisis for “me”. So once a month when I would spend a weekend at my grandparents he and I would play games with one another and sometimes there would be a new game, or a new attachment, or something. Then after that weekend, I wouId… Read more »
OldManHermit
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Yeah, was always more of a Nintendo kid. My only real experiences with the Genesis were the brief times I’d play at a friend’s house who happened to have one. In recent years I’ve grown to appreciate more what Sega had to offer tho, via emulation and the wii virtual console. Streets of rage, Shinobi, Gunstar Heroes, all fantastic games.

Rocketboy1313
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This is a well put together video. I like Doug’s framing, I like the narration, I like the slapstick. This all worked for me.

SlrDarien
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I loved the team-up this week with Awesome Video Games.

Tross
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I’m a PlayStation guy, but I still love Nintendo, even if it’s for what they were more so than what they are now. Heck, when I went to Japan I took a picture in front of the old Nintendo Trading Card Company headquarters as it’s the oldest videogame landmark that predates videogames by almost a century. I also happen to own a CoroCoro manga magazine featuring quite a few Nintendo based stories. I can’t quite read it yet, but that’s kind of neat IMHO. My beef with Nintendo is that lately they seem to not know what they’re doing, so… Read more »
Closet80sfan
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Nintendo lost their soul when SEGA left the console business in 2001. They simply don’t have a proper contender on their level without SEGA.

turkeypedal
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The idea that Microsoft’s Xbox blew Nintendo’s GameCube out of the water isn’t true. They were neck and neck. It’s just that Sony’s PlayStation 2 totally dominated.

Then Nintendo stages its comeback with the Wii, by tapping into a new market. It was the runaway winner. But it hasn’t been able to get anywhere close since then.

Though they do still dominate the handheld market, which they’ve never lost. And everyone else seems to have given up.

Talvrae
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Nintendo Wii sold very very well that is true, but true his it dominated only the console markets, when it came to the games they did not sell well. Many of those who brought we where casual gamers (not meant as an offense or anything just a fact) and those who played for more than a month or two with the gimmick that was motion control, mostly just played Wii Sport and did not buy more games… So yeah they sold lot of Wii, but they still kinda lost that generation because they could not sell much games outside of… Read more »
Magdra84
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I have high hopes for this video

Captain Chaotica
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Hmm. The first console I bought for myself was an NES, but later on I got a Genesis because a Sonic 2 display at Media Play was so fun, and I wanted to keep playing. As a Sonic fan, I then followed him/his universe to obscure places–including, yes, a 32-X, which I bought online used and then bought myself a Dreamcast in around November 1999, rather than wait to see if I could get it as a present for Christmas, because I had a job I HATED and _really_ needed something to cheer me up. (I still have said Dreamcast,… Read more »
Closet80sfan
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Looks like there’s a plan to bring SEGA back!

http://razorconsole.com

Talvrae
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Personally I started as a Nintendo girl back with the NES and Snes day.. but I kinda left the console war after that and joined the PC Master Race back around 95 just wanting to play games like Fallout and Baldur’s Gate on my PC

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