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This Is What The End Of A Console War Looks Like

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For anyone who was gaming 20 years ago, this is is an absurdly surreal image to witness. Sure, There have been plenty of Sonic games on Nintendo systems since Sega bowed out of the console race, but Nintendo Power's retro-styled cover complete with classic Sonic still gives me chills. It really puts things in perspective. 20 years from now, will it really matter if Xbox 360, PS3, or Wii was the "best" system? No. It's the games that endure.

Sorry, I think I have something in my eye.

Anyway, I'm supposed to be reporting the news, right? The reason for the fantastic magazine cover is to announce the 3DS version of Sonic Generations. The cover also mentions a new Shinobi game, which is perhaps more exciting news than a new Sonic game since it's been 9 years since the last game in that series was released. All that's old is new again, eh?

Now I'm in a nostalgic mood, so let's get some discussion going in the comments. What are some of your favorite console war memories? Of course, they'll all seem silly in retrospect, but that's kind of the point. Let the absurdity of blind fandom be known, and hopefully fanboys and girls of current hardware can look in the mirror and see just how silly and petty the arguments are.


Image source: [NeoGaf]

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Hmm, let me see...

Well, whilst I got both systems back then, I got the Megadrive, Sonic 1 and Ristar first so I have a big soft spot for the company and True Blue [add in a then-European Sonic comic in STC and I was a pretty big fan, and still am].

I skipped the NES [which I wouldn't know had even existed for afew years later] and got myself a SNES with DKC1, Yoshi's Island and Killer Instinct. Good times... [and Yoshi's Island still remains my only favourite 2D Mario game]

Still more of a Sonic fan than a Mario one [Mario kinda has to be relatable to everyone and be alil bland because of it, which is fine, but I like Sonic's persona - especially his cocky & jerky STC one], but I never really pitted them against one another myself anyway. Two wholly different platformers and all.

And the real ending crux of the whole Sonic 'VS' Mario era surely must've been that day when Sonic was officially unveiled for Brawl? I know that trailer gave me goosebumps all over [something I know a Mario & Sonic platformer/adventure game would, Sega - along with a Shenmue I-III revival]...

Finally, the DC is still my favourite console launch ever [or at least I've never been felt compelled to rent a new JPN console and launch games like I did that since]! xD

CPFace said:

I remember cracking open an EGM and reading some sort of rundown of all of the consoles that were available at the time, and one of the editors backed the Genesis, ending his blurb with something like "If you want to play Super Mario, get the new hockey game". Even the professionals were children. :)

I remember all of those edgy ads Sega put out to make Nintendo fans look like morons, especially when they compared the Game Boy to the Game Gear. I was really offended at the time because I just liked Nintendo's games better, and here they were comparing me to people who sit around staring at a bug zapper.

And, of course, I remember the stink about Mortal Kombat. I never played the game and didn't particularly care about it, but you couldn't get away from the drama over the censorship.

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