The 1990s were a decade of marked innovation in video gaming. It was a decade of transition from raster graphics to 3D graphics and gave rise to several genres of video games including real-time strategy, and MMO. Handheld gaming began to become more popular throughout the decade, thanks in part to the release of the Game Boy in 1989. Arcade games, although still relatively popular in the early 1990s, begin a decline as home consoles become more common.
One of the main focuses of the generation was the ongoing war between Sega and Nintendo. The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, SNES, was in direct competition with the Sega Mega Drive. “Genesis does what Nintendon’t”, a bold statement by Sega but with the release of the immensely popular Sonic in 1991 not only did this game earn Sega a lot of money but it was the birth of their mascot to counter Mario.