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It's Nintendo Versus Sega, Anime Style

Posted by Damien McFerran

Epic console wars of the '90s retold in animation

Japanese anime has tackled a wide range of topics over the years. From the price of fame to the effects of the bombing of Japan in World War II, the medium has been put to stunning use by animators in the Far East.

However, there's plenty of oddball stuff around, too - like Aoi Sekai no Chuushin. This new production is set in the mythical land of Consume, where two kingdoms are battling it out for supremacy. On one side there's the dominant Ninterudo Empire, and on the other there's the resurgent Segua Kingdom.

Unless you're totally clueless, you should notice that this is a thinly-veiled attempt to retell the console wars of the '90s, when the Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive (AKA: Genesis) fought for the attention and cash of millions worldwide. All of the characters featured in the series are based on Nintendo and Sega franchises. Check out the full list below (as translated by Nintendo Gamer):

Gia – Sonic (Sonic The Hedgehog)
Opul – Opa-Opa (Fantasy Zone)
Neru – Nei (Phantasy Star)
Tejilof – Tetris (apparently a third-party mercenary hired by Segua)
Ramses – Columns
Marcse – Mario
Greege – Luigi
Zerig – The Legend Of Zelda
Carval – Kirby
Fare – Fire Emblem
Masa – Mother
Saroid – Samus (Metroid)
Pirika – Pikachu (Pokémon)
Fosta – Fox (Star Fox)

[via nintendo-gamer.net]

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User Comments (46)

jackaroo

#4

jackaroo said:

Whats with sega being outnumbered? :( That's just really cruel.

Still this should be interesting. I'll definitly give it a watch.

DamoAdmin

#7

Damo said:

@jackaroo Don't forget that in Japan, Sega was very much the underdog during the 16-bit era. In fact, the Mega Drive was in third place behind the SNES and PC Engine in that region. It was in the west where Sega really took the fight to Nintendo.

FiveDigitLP

#10

FiveDigitLP said:

Wow. That actually sounds fairly interesting. Kind of reminds me of that anime/manga I'd seen where the characters are based on the countries involved in WWII. Though I don't actually watch anime, this one has certainly caught my attention.

AUnkownFuture

#11

AUnkownFuture said:

This is actually a fantastic idea for an anime show. Im guessing Gia could be the main character for the Segua Kingdom. I think they should add more characters for the Segua Kingdom as Ninterudo has more. We might see more characters in the coming episodes

LavaTwilight

#12

LavaTwilight said:

Am I just being ignorantly English or was Fire Emblem not released until after the 90s? I'm not a big fan of anime either, only really got into a few (.hack; the something scrolls; suikoden film... the vampire princess...) but this looks really really kool! I could get into this but we all know the end... Nintendo wins!

Robo-goose

#20

Robo-goose said:

The second I saw Fare, I thought of Fire Emblem. That's awesome.

@LavaTwilight
The first Fire Emblem game was released back in 1990, but Japan kept all their Fire Emblems to themselves until FE7, which saw a US release in 2003.

FonistofCruxis

#23

FonistofCruxis said:

This looks awesome! Its cool that Link has the Majora's mask even though the Nintendo VS. Sega war had ended by the time LoZ: MM came out and its good to see the Mother series in it. Also, Sonic looks sexy in this.

zezhyrule

#24

zezhyrule said:

No, Sonic looks shirtless in this. :P
you know that if Zelda dude was shirtless you'd be saying the same thing about him!

at least in the manga... that picture up there makes him look kinda silly

Xiao_Pai

#25

Xiao_Pai said:

Saroid doesn't look hot...Samus is supposed to be all hot and stuff, so why isn't Saroid? YOU SUCK AT PRETENDING TO BE SAMUS! xD

x-mas_mii

#28

x-mas_mii said:

i think that segua should have like 20 more characters in it because of the sonic games alone.

AGB

#30

AGB said:

@Samholy I don't know about Dr. Eggman, Knuckles or Golden Axe, but there is a character named Til who is Gia's brother, so Tails.

Retro_on_theGo

#35

Retro_on_theGo said:

Wait wait wait wait! This is going to be real?! Seriously!? Lol!
But Samus is not beautiful enoh and Kirby should be a MAN! >:[

MarvelMon22

#44

MarvelMon22 said:

that looks so cool. but my first thought when i saw carvai was amy the hedgehog. also, where's Chu Chu Rocket? :P

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