Console Wars, the Nintendo vs. Sega documentary, gets a trailer

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Every console generation inspires its fanboys (or fangirls, but I hope girls have more sense). Picking one machine as arbitrarily better than another is a fun pastime if you’re in, say, elementary school. Arguably, the fiercest debate ever waged was that of Nintendo versus Sega in the 1990s: Super Nintendo versus Sega Genesis, Mario versus Sonic, allegedly kiddie versus allegedly cool. The new video game documentary Console Wars will highlight this conflict in all its glory, executive produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and based upon the 2014 book of the same name and topic. A new trailer showcases what to expect when it arrives on Sept. 23, and the only bummer is that the show is exclusive to CBS All Access.

As the Console Wars trailer highlights, an assortment of major figures from that time in Nintendo and Sega history are on hand to talk, including Howard Phillips, Howard Lincoln, and Tom Kalinske. Since this documentary has a pretty well-defined topic, it’s likely to be much more focused and satisfying than Netflix’s High Score series. Anyone who ever loved (or loved to hate) Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis will likely have a lot to enjoy.

Do you actually subscribe to CBS All Access to be able to watch the show though? I sure don’t, and that’s not going to change anytime soon as long as depressing Star Trek shows are its star attraction.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!