And you, which side are you on, SEGA or Nintendo? Today it is a question that does not make much sense, but in the eighties and nineties it had an enormous weight internationally. Both companies dominated the general consumer video game market, a situation that did not change until the second half of the nineties, when Sony moved SEGA and began to take its place.
Yes, I am aware that during those two decades the option was not always limited to SEGA or Nintendo, but let's face it, they were the only companies that really succeeded They sold their products at a reasonable price. SNK remained in the sector for many years with its Neo Geo AES and the Neo Geo CD in its different versions, but the prices of these consoles were very high and were not available to the average consumer.
For those who did not live that time I allow myself to throw a little memory. The Neo Geo AES reached the Spanish market in the early nineties with an approximate price of 75,000 pesetas, but in its first stage it reached around 100,000 pesetas (600 euros). His games came to cost from 9,999 pesetas to 99,000 pesetas. By cons, Mega Drive and Super Nintendo reached the market with an approximate price of 30,000 pesetas (180 euros), and their games were around between 5,000 and 20,000 pesetas (in very specific cases).
With those figures in hand it is easy to understand why I say that at that time the option was reduced to SEGA or Nintendo. In the 1990s we saw some attempts by companies like Philips, with its CD-i, Panasonic, with the 3DO, and Atari, with the Jaguar, of taking a place in the sector, but failed resoundingly.
That duality remained until the exit of SEGA of the video game market, something that happened after the dreamcast hit. The space left by the Japanese company was occupied by Sony, although later it got into the Microsoft car with Xbox, a console that, in my opinion, has been one of the best in history.
Choose side and pet: SEGA or Nintendo? Sonic or Mario?
Today the “colors” of the world of consoles revolve around Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. There are still major clashes between fans of those three companies, But the magic of the past has been lost. What can we say, times change, and brands have no choice but to adapt to those changes.
When SEGA and Nintendo competed, each company had its own image and style, and also a pet. SEGA played to be «The bad boy», the «rebel without a cause», and Sonic, his pet, did his best to “be cool.” Nintendo, on the other hand, presented itself rather as «The good boy» that, however, also “wanted to cool”, and he knew how to play his cards very well dedicated to Mario, his pet, and his main franchises.
In my case I must say that in that duality SEGA or Nintendo I've always been more than the firstIn fact, my first 8-bit console was a Master System II that I enjoyed very much. With the fall of Dreamcast I had the opportunity to get a PS2 or a GameCube, but in the end I ended up buying a Xbox, and the truth is that I don't regret it.
It was a fantastic console, with enormous potential that demonstrated, thanks to games like Ninja Gaiden, Project Gotham Racing 2, the Halo franchise, DOOM III, Half Life 2, the Otogi saga and Panzer Dragoon Orta that was light years away from PS2. A pity that companies like Capcom were not encouraged to launch an exclusive for her.
Today I do not have favoritisms, many years ago I passed that phase, although being fair I must say that my favorite platform is the PC. Now it's your turn, SEGA or Nintendo?