Marc Snetiker
June 06, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Console Wars

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Blake J. Harris
publisher
It Books
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B

Before Microsoft vs. Sony, there was Nintendo vs. Sega, a generation-defining rivalry between videogame behemoths that’s chronicled here in crackerjack detail. Don’t let the casual foreword by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg mislead you; the book is fast, fluid, and startlingly accessible. The chunks of pure history are exceptional (Harris interviewed more than 200 former Sega and Nintendo employees). The moments of fictionalized narrative are its weakest feature — the canned dialogue evokes an ’80s B movie. Harris also takes too many creative liberties, retrofitting every Sonic vs. Mario meeting into a cliff-hanger. Hopefully Rogen and Goldberg’s planned documentary and feature film will hit the reset button. B

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