A clash of titans, this expression properly describes the console wars throughout their history. Big players have been challenged, shaken, some have stood the test of time, some have fallen.
This truth applies as much to hardware manufacturers such as Atari, Sega, Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, as it does to software publishers (2nd and 3rd party), platform holders (Valve, EA) and developpers.
I would like to invite you to name one player, and a game or a franchise that may have either saved them or nearly saved them from a failed launch, a weak performance, doom, or some other far-reaching negative situation. Also explain what the story was behind it, or what you think it may have been.