Console Wars is an upcoming documentary about the “war” between Nintendo and Sega in the 1990s. The documentary launches on CBS All Access this month.
Console Wars is a new documentary that looks at the battle Nintendo and Sega waged at retail in the 1990s. It’s a topic that has been covered in several places, including a hit book by Blake J. Harris. That book is the basis for this documentary as well as an upcoming drama series from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The two productions play off each other and will both be on CBS All Access. However, the documentary will be the first thing viewers can dig into. It comes to the service later this month. Give the announcement trailer a watch below.
It’s worth noting that Console Wars is coming out so close to Netflix’s High Score docu-series. That production also looked at the Nintend0-Sega war of the 90s, though it also focused on several other topics. High Score does the job of being a decent primer for the entirety of early video games, but, if you’ve been keeping up with the scene for a while, you’ll likely know everything they talk about.
Hopefully, with Console Wars choosing to focus on a single event, it will go much more in-depth. High Score is a decent enough show for a casual audience, and it would be great to get something similar for more hardcore video game players. I do wonder if they will gloss over some uglier sides of the hobby. High Score did a fine job adding voices of underrepresented groups but still made everything seem rosy. I’d love to see something that actually digs into the cruddy things that have happened in the video game space.
Fortunately, we won’t have to wait much longer to see what Console Wars does with the subject matter. The documentary launches on CBS All Access on September 23. High Score is on Netflix now, if you just can’t wait.
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