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Console Wars - Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation

Blake J. Harris

Following the success of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball comes Console Wars—a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry. 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.

Following the success of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball comes Console Wars—a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry. 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.
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Following the success of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball comes Console Wars—a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry. 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Fred Berman

Length:

20h 41m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:43


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

13:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:22


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:02:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:52


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:47


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

15:16


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

14:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

11:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

17:08


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

20:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

17:45


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

38:44


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

44:16


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

24:50


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

32:55


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

17:56


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

18:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

25:18


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

35:25


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

21:51


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

16:50


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

25:43


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

28:09


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

35:48


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

19:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

23:43


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

16:36


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

31:28


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

19:33


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

15:10


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

11:01


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

21:50


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

28:42


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

16:57


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

28:28


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

21:46


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

17:25


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

18:35


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

12:53


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:46


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

22:13


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:31


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:36


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

11:27


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

15:14


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:06


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

10:10


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

19:37


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

16:15


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

15:16


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

18:37


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

33:35


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

18:31


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

09:35


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

14:18


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

01:06


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

01:03