Released on September 9, 1995, the Playstation was Sony’s first attempt at releasing a home console. Sony had originally partnered with Nintendo to create a CD-based add-on for the Super Nintendo, but when that deal fell through, Sony continued development and released the project as a stand-alone console. Marketed as a more “grown-up” alternative to the Nintendo 64, the Playstation completely dominated the 32-bit generation, sending the Sega Saturn to an early grave. Notable franchises launched on the Playstation include Gran Turismo, Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil, and Ace Combat. Sony also pulled off a major coup by luring Squaresoft, publisher of the Final Fantasy series, away from Nintendo. The system’s only real competition at the peak of its popularity was the Nintendo 64, which was marketed mostly to younger gamers and still used cartridge-based games instead of optical media. The Sony Playstation went on to enjoy a 10 year life span and sell over 100 million consoles and almost 1 billion software units worldwide.