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The Rise of Nintendo: A Story in 8 Bits
by Blake J. Harris, Grantland
Nintendo has had a tough go of it lately, and now there's a book that chronicles the battle between the company and Sega for top billing in the living rooms of the US. If you haven't splurged for Blake J. Harris' Console Wars just yet, there's a lengthy excerpt from the work over at Grantland. "By 1990, Nintendo of America had sold nearly 30 million consoles, resulting in an NES in one out of every three homes," Harris writes. Sure, there's certainly more to be gleaned of the history from the full-length publication, but there's more than enough to whet your appetite until you can purchase a hard copy or e-book.