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Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet, or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. 
Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

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Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet, or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. 
Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

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    • 4 min
    Encore: Nintendo vs Sony - No Surrender | 6

    Encore: Nintendo vs Sony - No Surrender | 6

    After years of sitting on the sidelines of the next-generation console war, Nintendo is finally ready to make its move. But, the years it’s spent building it’s reassuring family-friendly reputation is now a weakness. Nintendo children of the 80s are all grown up, and want adult games. Sony is able to release edgier fare like Grand Theft Auto and Tomb Raider. The half-decade cold war between Sony and Nintendo is about to turn hot. Their next head-to-head battle is a multi-billion dollar clash that will define the future of video games. And in the real world, just one of them can prevail.




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    • 26 min
    Encore: Nintendo vs Sony - The Sleeping Giant | 5

    Encore: Nintendo vs Sony - The Sleeping Giant | 5

    Nintendo decided early on that the Nintendo 64 would be a cartridge console, instead of a CD console. But CDs are much cheaper to make and have much better graphics. Game companies are upset, and defect to Sony. In a few months time, Sony has two of the most popular game series in Japan to itself. Nintendo will now have to make its own games that are strong enough to outsell PlayStation. It’s Nintendo vs the world. They’re taking a huge gamble, and this is not a game.




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    • 24 min
    Encore: Nintendo vs Sony - Game Time | 4

    Encore: Nintendo vs Sony - Game Time | 4

    This is a story about Sony and Nintendo, but it also involves a little company called Sega. Ever play Sonic the Hedgehog? That’s Sega. And during Nintendo’s domination of the US market, they were the only company able to fight back. That is, until they tried to outplay Sony.




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    • 25 min
    Encore: Nintendo vs Sony - Charm Offensive | 3

    Encore: Nintendo vs Sony - Charm Offensive | 3

    From the moment it began, the PlayStation project was in danger. The problem was none other than PlayStations knight and chief advocate: Kutaragi. He thought the now-iconic handlebar controller design was “too different” from the flat rectangles people were used to. To make matters worse, PlayStation was getting closer and closer to launching without any games… a console with no games? Good luck with the PlayStation now, Sony. They were in trouble. And Nintendo knew it.




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    • 27 min
    Encore: Nintendo vs Sony - Man of Steel | 2

    Encore: Nintendo vs Sony - Man of Steel | 2

    It's 1949. 22-year old Hiroshi Yamauchi is the heir apparent for his family's playing card company, Nintendo. From humble beginnings as a scrappy street stall founded in Kyoto's back alleys to the largest card company in Japan by the time Yamauchi takes over, this isn't a company that backs down easily when a little competition comes in. But it was a company that changed its entire business over a couple of... cartoon characters.




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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

pinacoloda ,

Great !

Just found this podcast - started with Macy's; love it !! So interesting!!

SimmonsKA ,

So cool!

It’s so cool as an adult to listen to the grown up business stuff that went on behind the scenes of things that were part of your childhood like Barbie and the area where you grew up (the Hasbro v Mattel series), and the series on wrestling. Learning how certain brands came to be the only one standing like Les Paul guitars or Macy’s is also really cool! Love that the info is portable and well narrated too. Thx Wondery!

They call him Q ,

Love the stories behind these iconic brands

Excellently written and produced. I highly recommend.

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