Episode #363: Nintendo versus SEGA with Blake Harris
Blake J. Harris is the bestselling author of Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation, which is currently being adapted into a mini-series by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
He’s also the author of History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality.
But we spent the better part of this conversation being nostalgic and unpacking the war that served as a backdrop to our childhood, that of Nintendo v Sega.
Expect to take out numerous business lessons from this one:
- The value of open v closed ecosystems
- How to differentiate yourself and dominate the market, even with a much smaller budget
- Why parent companies meddling in the affairs of their subsidiaries often ends in disaster
We unpack this and a whole lot more, so sit back and reminisce, as I bring you the one and only, Blake J Harris.
- The gaming landscape in the 1990s
- Nintendo’s dominant business model
- Nintendo’s closed ecosystem
- Sega’s open ecosystem
- Why it’s challenging to maintain market share when you’re ahead of the pack
- How Nintendo faltered
- What SEGA did to diffeerentiate itself, despite small budgets, and knock Nintendo off its perch
- Mortal Kombat
- How SEGA blundered
- SEGA’s meddling parent company
- The Console Wars documentary and mini-series
- Identity politis at Oculus
- On becoming a writer, and following one’s passions
- Writing tips
- Dell v Compaq