Video Game Review Columns Sega Genesis 1990 Developed by: Sega Published by: Sega
Other than Soviet Russia, the only group to benefit strongly from Tetris is Nintendo. Even though Atari made the arcade version and various other Tetris games were available for multiple platforms, Nintendo reaped the rewards of having two of the best versions available: one for the NES and one for the Game Boy. Since Sega wanted to battle Nintendo in every genre imaginable, they did their best to try and take on the behemoth that was Tetris. Sega touted Columns as a Tetris killer. It was more complicated, had more features, and, most importantly at the time, was exclusive to Sega. Meaning, if you wanted to play Columns, you had to buy a Genesis. The problem is that Columns was such a bad game that nobody was going to spend the money to buy a Genesis just to play Columns. It played like a bad arcade port, was a horribly designed puzzle game, and wasn’t all that fun (whereas Tetris was the complete opposite).