4th Gen Consoles

The 4th Generation of Video Game consoles is often referred to as the 16bit era and it began in 1987 with the Japanese release of the PC Engine/Turbo Grafx-16 by Nippon Electric Company (NEC). This era was dominated by the console releases by Sega and Nintendo who were intense rivals at this time. Due to Nintendo’s previous success they again managed to hold the largest share of the market however Sega saw marked success and even began its Sonic the Hedgehog franchise during this period to compete with Nintendo’s Mario series. The major consoles of this generation included NEC’s Turbo GraphX, the Sega Genesis, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and the Neo Geo AES.


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