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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to adapt the Sega vs Nintendo book Console Wars

02.24.2014
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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have picked up yet another project. Besides the PREACHER television series for AMC and their animated R-rated comedy SAUSAGE PARTY, Collider is reporting the duo will also write and direct an adaptation for the upcoming novel Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation. Written by Blake Harris, the book is about the epic battle between the two companies from the 1990s. Harris will executive produce CONSOLE WARS, and is also working on a documentary about the clash between Sega and Nintendo.

Book description from Amazon:

In 1990, Nintendo had a virtual monopoly on the video game industry. Sega, on the other hand, was just a faltering arcade company with big aspirations and even bigger personalities. But that would all change with the arrival of Tom Kalinske, a man who knew nothing about videogames and everything about fighting uphill battles. His unconventional tactics, combined with the blood, sweat and bold ideas of his renegade employees, transformed Sega and eventually led to a ruthless David-and-Goliath showdown with rival Nintendo.

The battle was vicious, relentless, and highly profitable, eventually sparking a global corporate war that would be fought on several fronts: from living rooms and schoolyards to boardrooms and Congress. It was a once-in-a-lifetime, no-holds-barred conflict that pitted brother against brother, kid against adult, Sonic against Mario, and the US against Japan.

Based on over two hundred interviews with former Sega and Nintendo employees, Console Wars is the underdog tale of how Kalinske miraculously turned an industry punchline into a market leader. It’s the story of how a humble family man, with an extraordinary imagination and a gift for turning problems into competitive advantages, inspired a team of underdogs to slay a giant and, as a result, birth a $60 billion dollar industry.

It's not clear when Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen will be able to work on CONSOLE WARS with their previously mentioned other projects, and there's also no word on if Rogen will appear in the adaption or not.

Although the fight has shifted to X-Box vs Sony, many grew up with Nintendo or Sega systems, and were fiercely loyal to their console of choice. Personally I was always more of a Sega man, however I also played a ton of Nintendo, so I'm very interested in CONSOLE WARS. It's a fascinating subject to me, and I think many of us who got into fights with other kids at school about which one was the superior gaming system will be very eager to check out CONSOLE WARS.

Source: Collider

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2:07PM on 02/24/2014

hands down

Sega CD was the biggest and baddest ass console ever created!! They must have used pixie dust and unicorn semen to make that sweet little gem! Sega CD 4 life bitcholas!!!
Sega CD was the biggest and baddest ass console ever created!! They must have used pixie dust and unicorn semen to make that sweet little gem! Sega CD 4 life bitcholas!!!
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11:25AM on 02/24/2014

Nice

Looking forward to this one. Sega really did turn the whole gaming industry upside down. They gave companies like Sony and Microsoft a reason to enter into the fray...because they upped the stakes. Like they say, competition is the force that fuels creativity and innovation. Sega went there and stuck it to Nintendo for a while...and no one has ever come as close to touching Mario as Sonic the Hedgehog. The more time that goes by, and the more Nintendo's influence in the gaming world wanes,
Looking forward to this one. Sega really did turn the whole gaming industry upside down. They gave companies like Sony and Microsoft a reason to enter into the fray...because they upped the stakes. Like they say, competition is the force that fuels creativity and innovation. Sega went there and stuck it to Nintendo for a while...and no one has ever come as close to touching Mario as Sonic the Hedgehog. The more time that goes by, and the more Nintendo's influence in the gaming world wanes, Sonic deserves to be mentioned right up there with Mario. They virtually equals at this point. Who knows, maybe Sega will surprise us all again one day and release a badass new system. One can dream, right?
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11:23AM on 02/24/2014
This project sounds great and I have faith in these guys to do the project justice. They've really come a long way with their talent.

And when it comes to picking sides, I was a Nintendo growing up. You can't beat Mario Brothers.
This project sounds great and I have faith in these guys to do the project justice. They've really come a long way with their talent.

And when it comes to picking sides, I was a Nintendo growing up. You can't beat Mario Brothers.
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10:13AM on 02/24/2014

They are expanding their talents

Glad to see them taking on projects that challenge themselves as writers. They aren't going to stick with the dick jokes forever. I am interested to see this develop.
Glad to see them taking on projects that challenge themselves as writers. They aren't going to stick with the dick jokes forever. I am interested to see this develop.
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2:08PM on 02/24/2014
HEY! THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN A DICK JOKE!
HEY! THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN A DICK JOKE!
9:53AM on 02/24/2014
Interesting idea. I know for me, though I had Nintendo, I played games I liked, be it Nintendo or Sega based games. I still have my Sega Gamegear along with Nes, SNES, N64. I have had Ps2, Ps3 and probably PS4 once Metal Gear comes out, but not because I am anti-Xbox, I just prefer Playstation.
I never understood the rivalry. One really isn't better than the other. I would take Xbox and PS over Wii any day, but for many people, Wii is enough. The whole rivalry is pathetic. I remember picking
Interesting idea. I know for me, though I had Nintendo, I played games I liked, be it Nintendo or Sega based games. I still have my Sega Gamegear along with Nes, SNES, N64. I have had Ps2, Ps3 and probably PS4 once Metal Gear comes out, but not because I am anti-Xbox, I just prefer Playstation.
I never understood the rivalry. One really isn't better than the other. I would take Xbox and PS over Wii any day, but for many people, Wii is enough. The whole rivalry is pathetic. I remember picking up Arkham City Collectors Edition at a midnight release, and some punk ass kid kept going on and on about wanting to beat up people buying PS3 versions and how cool he was for getting the Xbox 360 version and acting like a total douche. It was sad. I was ahead of him, asked for my PS3 version, made no issue about hiding what I was buying. It's the same game buddy, Xbox of PS3, same game, different packaging. The problem is, there ARE people willing to pick a fight over this. It's SAD and a disgrace to Gamers everywhere.
If this movie opens people eyes to the whole "rivalry" issue, great.
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9:44AM on 02/24/2014
Sounds like a good project. SNES for me. Favorite games: Batman Returns and Zombies Ate My Neighbors. Great games.
Sounds like a good project. SNES for me. Favorite games: Batman Returns and Zombies Ate My Neighbors. Great games.
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9:38AM on 02/24/2014

Nintendo for me !


Wow, what an exciting project ! All my youth in that confrontation ! Street Fighter 2, Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros are the 3 video games I have most played in my life ! Then, I have begun my interest in movies, and I had to give up video games (cause : passion for movies + video games = no life, and I love women so much, so I have chosen to go with movies....) ! At that time, I would have never imagined that 20 years later, it will be sony vs Microsoft ! I hope the movie will be relevant,

Wow, what an exciting project ! All my youth in that confrontation ! Street Fighter 2, Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros are the 3 video games I have most played in my life ! Then, I have begun my interest in movies, and I had to give up video games (cause : passion for movies + video games = no life, and I love women so much, so I have chosen to go with movies....) ! At that time, I would have never imagined that 20 years later, it will be sony vs Microsoft ! I hope the movie will be relevant, well documented and ambitious !
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