Ed Semrad Weighs In On NES & SMS

Ed Semrad has been writing about video games in the Milwaukee Journal for quite some time now in his weekly column. He has been to the Summer CES this past week and played some of the latest games and seen what Nintendo, Sega, and Atari have in store.

So far he seems very pleased with the NES and its offerings, despite his issues with the small controllers, which he says you should “plan on some frustrating times learning how to use the controls”. He’s impressed with the game selection thus far. His favorites include: Super Mario Bros., Golf, Hogan’s Alley, Pinball, and Donkey Kong. He promises to review the system and some of its games very soon.


The NES had a successful test market and goes national starting this month.


As for the Sega Master System, Ed gives it an edge over the NES and the Atari 7800. It has the capabilities to output more colors simultaneously to the television and says, “Its home version of Hang On is sensational. The graphic detail and smooth scrolling is the best yet”. He summed up his thoughts on all three systems by writing:


Sega enters the home console sector with its Master System.


How do the three systems compare? The Atari 7800 has the best prices, the arcade classics and the best controllers. Nintendo has the light gun and robot, a good selection of games and a lot of satisfied customers in its test markets. Sega promises a lot. If it can deliver on time, at the quoted prices and in sufficient quantities to go national, it may be the one to beat.


Atari rises from the grave with its new 7800 machine.


Having spent the last eight months enjoying my NES, I have to say that I’m quite at home with its controllers. I too was accustomed to gaming with joysticks on my Commodore 64 and Atari 2600, but after a bit of time with the NES it became second nature. Still, I’d be all for them releasing a joystick as I still feel that would be the best way to play the games. While I have yet to play a Sega Master System, the screens of the games do look good and hopefully all of the new systems can be successes and revitalize the home gaming market.





Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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