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May 7, 2006

Gonna have me some good friends around
Gonna have me some good times in town

As people move further and further away from television, commercials for video games seem to me to have gotten a bit less important, especially since YouTube trailers and sizzle reels do the same job a lot better.

But let's not forget! Let's never forget the commercials that made us buy games that were nowhere near as good as the commercial!


A Black Angels song about Vietnam and the existential horror of psychedelics for a game about neither of those things

Not a TV commercial, but still possibly the most unintentionally funny trailer ever

But it's not just bad poo poo all the way down! There are also some very good commercials out there!

LCD Soundsystem provided not one but two songs for this game, one of which is actually IN THE GAME!


Sep 14, 2007

The new SNES Classic retro commercial was pretty cool.

Dec 12, 2009


Goddamn Nintendo ads used to be weird and bad.
I actually remember both of these from when they aired, Im kinda old.

May 7, 2006

Gonna have me some good friends around
Gonna have me some good times in town

lmao I remember those Zelda ads too, they were loving bizarre even to a little kid. Especially to a little kid. Made me want the game though!

Jun 21, 2009

Had to cleanse myself after that 2nd Zelda ad with the best Zelda ad:

Dec 12, 2009

I saw the game in person before I ever saw the ads, the fact you could save your progress was mind boggling at the time.

Scalding Coffee
Jun 26, 2006

You're already dead.

I remember a time where CGI was the only gameplay seen in commercials.

The Shortest Path
Jun 21, 2012

Guess where this
lollipop's going?

Don't forget the Fire Emblem commercial.

Sep 14, 2007

too chill to win

Aug 25, 2006

I have no control, I just keep eating, and eating.

Nintendo really was up and down on it's commercials, but they are almost always pretty memorable.

I remember this one being super weird but great, and it definitely made me want to try the game just based on how much it made me laugh.

Tom Gorman
Apr 30, 2004

Out here, everything hurts

Bomberman, Bomberman. Mass destruction across the land.

super sweet best pal
Nov 18, 2009

No need to sign, we'll take care of that.

Lipstick Apathy

Agent Escalus
Oct 5, 2002

Link had high spirits, but lost his bottle of gin after drinking to the pint of no return. Dis-spirited over his ale-ment and at Lagerheads, he sought brew-prints for beer.

Being born in late '82 my first video game was Super Mario on the NES, but even though this was before my time everything about it makes it my favorite game commercial. I just love the presentation and...well, everything that happens. Wonder what TV viewers back in the day thought of it!

May 7, 2006

Gonna have me some good friends around
Gonna have me some good times in town

from the glorious era before inclusion ruined gaming forever:

i don't remember seeing the second one as a kid, and holy yikes is it PROBLEMATIC (seriously, not jokingly)


Dec 22, 2006

So I give this all about equal odds of either going super well or, uh, gettin' us all killed. Messily.

So a couple of prayers from you guys wouldn't hurt, yeah?

You know, I'm curious, isn't the guy in this commercial supposed to be a comedian or performer of some sort who was relatively famous at the time? I kind of thought so but I could never place him.

This one's ~Japanese~ but it's reasonably notable for two reasons: one, it's from a time that Square would collab with truly huge multinationals and use their absurd library of CG assets to create whole commercials for cross-promotion, and two, this commercial for FF9 was a bit infamous as being the official reveal of Garnet/Dagger, yes, in a Coke ad:

It's so gloriously weird (especially since it's stupidly high-effort for the time) and I'm sad that all we get these days are Louis Vutton on Lightning (years after her game came out) and Cup Noodle memes.

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