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[22 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | 7,545 views]
Game Boy — Nintendo dominates the portable market

Every video game fan who was around in the mid-1980s knows Nintendo’s story very well.
A good number of people figured the console industry was pretty well dead thanks to a number of events. There was the so-called Video Game Crash of 1983 and the rise of personal computers that could handle games quite well available at price points that made them attractive to millions of people who couldn’t afford them in the past.
Industry giant Atari was on the ropes while competitors such as Coleco, Mattel and Magnavox were backing out …

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[3 Dec 2010 | 5 Comments | 4,878 views]
Sega Genesis — kicking off the 16-bit wars

Ah, the famed  Sega Genesis — the system that challenged the formidable Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and ushered in the 16-bit console gaming era in earnest.
By the time the Genesis arrived on the North American scene in 1989 (it was released as the Mega Drive in Japan in 1988), the Nintendo Entertainment System had been around for four years and was starting to show its age. The company did try to take a run at the NES with the Sega Master System, but didn’t achieve much success — Nintendo was …

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[28 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | 3,942 views]
Atari 7800 — playing second fiddle to the NES

As any gaming enthusiast who was around in the early 1980s knows, Atari’s star faded during the Video Game Crash of 1983.
To figure out just where Atari stood after the aforementioned crash, it’s important to understand a bit of history about the company. Atari was founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney and then sold to Warner Communications in 1976. Warner made a ton of cash off its Atari brand until the bottom dropped out of the console gaming market.
Warner decided to keep the arcade gaming division of …

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[26 Nov 2010 | 3 Comments | 8,851 views]
Nintendo Entertainment System — revitalizing the console market

Following the Video Game Crash of 1983, people had pretty much written off the console gaming market.
Well, they wrote it off in North America, at least. In Japan, the industry was still booming and Nintendo was leading the pack with its Family Computer (Famicom) system.
Nintendo wanted to release the Famicom in the United States, but was reluctant to compete toe-to-toe with Atari. The company engaged in negotiations to release a redesigned Famicom as an Atari unit, but the parties never reached an agreement.
Nintendo went ahead with a redesign and released …