Post by Nester the Lark on Aug 18, 2007 11:36:32 GMT -5
Yet more old Nintendo commercials.
Power Pad - Now you're playing with body power! I used to know a kid who had one of these. It was about as much a workout as DDR. Power Glove - Because it's so bad! Nintendo Power - This is so late 80's/early 90's, and they ran this ad a lot where I lived. Game Genie - This is even worse! Even at the time, it was overly cheesy. But I was into the whole Bill & Ted thing, so I didn't mind. Game Boy - I think this was the very first GB commercial. You Could Get Old if You Stop Playing - Another GB commercial aimed at the adult crowd. I really like this one.
Post by Nester the Lark on Aug 21, 2007 10:28:09 GMT -5
I was going to post some more random ads, but since Metroid Prime 3 is only one week away from release here in the states, I decided to go with a theme.
Metroid & Rad Racer - Two for one in this ad. Notice that the guy is using the NES Advantage. Oh, and I own a pair of those 3D glasses. Metroid II: Return of Samus - Back after the Game Boy first came out, I used to wonder why all the "bigger, better" sequels seemed to be coming out for it. Super Metroid - Some of these commercials made it seem like Nintendo was trying too hard to appear cool. Some of the ads were pretty good, but they were so unlike the actual style of the game. Metroid Prime - The famous live-action Samus commercial... Metroid Fusion - ...and its companion with Fusion Suit Samus. Metroid: Zero Mission - From the "Who Are You?" campaign. Not their best slogan, IMHO. The ads get a little dull from here on out. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes - Now these are some slick special effects, among other eye-catching things... Metroid Prime: Hunters - Intergalactic grave digging. They can't all be winners.
Post by Nester the Lark on Aug 22, 2007 10:12:29 GMT -5
Here's another random smattering of commercials. Am I the only one here old enough to be nostalgic about the NES ads?
Mendel Palace - I've never played this game, but I always remembered the commercial. Somehow, animation always makes them cooler. Crystalis - Kinda like The Neverending Story, isn't it? Also, that demon used to make me think of the gremlins because this commercial was shown a lot around the time that Gremlins 2 was released in theaters. Iron Sword: Wizards & Warriors II - Sadly, no Fabio in this commercial. Caveman Games - I think this was part of the California/World Games series. Ultra Games - Forget Hideo Kojima. Apparently this guy was the real creator of Metal Gear. Tetris - I don't think we ever found out what happened to unicycle and the ball. The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants - I'm thinking some of you weren't even born when The Simpsons debuted, but Bart was extremely popular among kids at the time. Acclaim Wireless Controller - ...Before the Wavebird. This controller finally allowed us to do backflips while playing video games. Dr. Mario (NES) - Heh, heh. I can't decide if the song is funny or embarrassing. But darn it all, I like this one. It's a sign of the times. Dr. Mario (Game Boy) - Maybe it's more intentionally funny, but I don't care for it as much. There's about half-a-second of an animated Dr. Mario near the end. I always wished they'd shown more of that.
Post by Nester the Lark on Aug 23, 2007 10:49:55 GMT -5
Today's batch focuses more on Game/Virtual Boy, but I have one more NES commercial.
Super Mario Bros. 2 - It may still be a big deal when a new Mario game comes out (like Galaxy), but in this day of sequel after sequel, it's not unexpected. However, back when the NES was young and the original Super Mario Bros. was the only one in existence (and a revelation, at that), the idea of a sequel really got your mind racing ...even if it wasn't the "real" sequel.
Game Boy - An encore of one of my favorites. Have you had your fun today? Game Boy & World Cup - ...But adults aren't supposed to have fun. They're supposed to train their brains in minutes a day. Qix - I know these ads are cheesy, but thanks for not saying anything. Super Mario Land - This game seemed a lot cooler back when it first came out. Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins - This is how a portable Mario game is done. And we didn't get another for 14 years (not including ports). Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 - I know a fair number of you disagree, but I miss the old "evil twin" Wario. Virtual Boy - In a matter of months, this thing went from US$180 to $15. That's an N-Gage level price reduction right there. Wario Land (VB) - Probably the VB's finest hour. Was Charles Martinet doing Wario's voice in these commercials? Nester's Funky Bowling - I couldn't resist. This isn't really a TV commercial. It looks more like a promo video from the kiosks I used see in department and toy stores in the mid 90's. I miss those things, but I guess the Internet has made them obsolete.
Tomorrow, I'll post some SNES and N64 ads. Then I've got something a little different.
Post by Nester the Lark on Aug 24, 2007 10:50:12 GMT -5
Super Mario World + SNES - I think this was the first SNES commercial. Back then, the idea of a 16-bit Mario game blew me away. SNES Super Set - Kind of a funny ad modeled after a car dealer commercial. Star Fox - Having that guy turn into a fox is a bit freaky, but cool. Note the jab at Sega's "Welcome to the Next Level" campaign. Street Fighter II - Considering how huge SF2 was at the time, this commercial seems like a throw away. There was a similar one for Super Ghouls 'N' Ghosts, but it doesn't seem to be on YouTube. Donkey Kong Country - Now this commercial carries its weight. Here's the original pre-release full version if you're interested. Kirby Super Star - Typical of Nintendo's ads at the time, but funny. Look carefully at the surgeon. Is that Earl Boen, who played Dr. Silberman in the Terminator movies? N64 Christmas - I'm more familiar with an alternate version of this commercial, but it doesn't seem to be on YouTube. It's lyrics went "Zelda's great, Rogue Squadron's cool, Blitz would be just fine/WCW vs NWO Revenge should be mine." The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - The original classic trailer that Twilight Princess later imitated. It kinda foreshadowed how much TP would ultimately imitate OoT. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask - I love this! Probably one of my favorite game ads! It's actually two companion commercials put together. Majora's Mask really provided a dark, dramatic experience six years before TP. Paper Mario - On the lighter side, this one is quirky, clever, and a lot of fun. That backround music is just perfect! Player's Choice - Hilarious. I won't spoil this one. I will say, however, that only Nintendo would've considered US$40 a budget price.
Bonus Sonic the Hedgehog - The very first Sonic ad. I remember when I saw this the first time, I thought it was such a cool idea. It really made me want a Genesis.
Post by Nester the Lark on Aug 25, 2007 10:42:14 GMT -5
This should be my last batch of commercials. This time, however, I've got something a little different and a little more painful to sit thru. These are a series of promos that were sent thru the mail on VHS tapes. I actually own most of these.
Donkey Kong Country Exposed (Part 1) (Part 2) - This one I never actually got for some reason. It's probably the least embarrassing of the bunch, tho. Star Fox 64 - The cheese factor goes thru the roof. It's almost so bad, it's good. Diddy Kong Racing - And this one is just plain bad. I think I probably lost interest in the game because of this. Street Fighter II Turbo - This is the first VHS promo I ever got in the mail. Check out the kids playing the attract screen in the background. The Japanese commercials at the end are pretty cool, but you could probably find them on YouTube individually. There's also an alternate version for the Genesis.
And finally, here are trailers for game-based movies.
The Wizard - I don't care what anyone says, I love this movie! Super Mario Bros. - When you consider the game it's based on, you really have to wonder what the movie's intentions were. I mean, roughly 99% of the trailer (and movie) has nothing to do with the game. Street Fighter - This one almost works as a parody of the game and itself. But there's not enough actual fighting, and considering it was written by the same guy that wrote Commando and the screenplay for Die Hard, you'd think it would've been more fun to watch. Mortal Kombat - I'll admit, I like this one. It's a fairly decent kung fu flick with a lot of genuinely funny one-liners and some terrific set design. Hard to believe it was directed by Paul Anderson. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within - You know what? I think this is a terrific movie. Of course it looked wonderful, but I also liked the story and characters. I didn't understand the ending, but I can say the same for 2001: A Space Odyssey, and it's considered one of the best movies of all time. I do tend to file it under "Alien clones", but in a good way. Such a shame it flopped.
And that's just about all the retro gaming commercials I've got. Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!
These are all great commercials! And while this comment is a little belated, I thought I'd share a few of my personal favorites that I didn't see on this list.
I remember the Yoshi's Island commercial...that WAS gross!
Kirby's Dream Land: Who could forget the awesome match-up of Kirby vs. Super Awesome Guy? This was before Kirby was pink! Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Japanese): You thought the American rap for Link's Awakening was bad? Wait till you see the Japanese try it for LttP. Rubber Ganon for the win! Super Mario Sunshine: This doesn't appear to be a commercial so much as a teaser. It's far too long and a lot of this stuff is beta-stage; the buildings in Bianco Village are shaped differently, the Boos have different faces, and Gooper Blooper is black. Mario Kart 64: A Dead Leaves styled Mario Kart 64 commercial. Metroid II: This is actually a Kool-Aid giveaway thing, so the Metroid stuff doesn't show up towards the end. Notice how one kid is dressed like Captain N! Oh, I can't wait to earn my copy of Metroid II: The Return of "Samoose"...
And though it's not Nintendo... Jet Grind Radio: The funniest thing about this commercial? Despite what it seems like at first, it is American.
Post by Nester the Lark on Sept 6, 2007 22:27:40 GMT -5
The thing that interested me about that Jet Grind Radio commercial wasn't the Japanese stuff. It's that Sega had, by that time, abandoned the quiet "It's Thinking" campaign and gone back to the Sega scream.
Altho, as far as the Japanese content is concerned, I wonder if US ad agencies take that approach when they think the product is too unusual for American tastes. Look at Nintendo's "Wii would like to play" ads.
I love that Kirby commercial. It's one of the ads I was thinking of when I saw Fry's pic of Kirby. This one is probably more representative of the attitude that Fry gave him, tho. (One tough cream puff!)
And while I'm at it, here's a cool Toys 'R' Us Nintendo commercial I always liked.
BTW, TEi, your link for the Super Mario Sunshine ad leads to a Japanese Mario Kart 64 ad (albeit, a cool one).
Again, I wish I could find the commercial for the original StarTropics. As I recall, it involved a guy talking about a dream (or vacation) he had in which he experienced things from the StarTropics games, accompanied by game footage. ("And then there were these dolphins, and then I got swallowed by a whale! Woah!") It ended showing the guy in a conga line.
THERE, now it's fixed. XD Sorry about that. I think I had an extra = sign in there somewhere...
And though it's not Nintendo... Jet Grind Radio: The funniest thing about this commercial? Despite what it seems like at first, it is American.
Whoo! Tei, I love that Jet Grind Radio Commercial. Are you sure it's American?
Yep! The surefire tells are the fact that the actors say "Jetto Grind Radio" (rather than "Jetto Setto Radio," which is the phonetic equivalent of "Jet Set Radio," the game's Japanese name) and the fact that they're using the American boxart/case throughout.
nocturnal YL: …Drat, I lost a few days of captured game footage thanks to my HDMI recorder corrupting the microSD card's filesystem.
Nov 16, 2023 13:41:01 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I just realised that I haven't made a proper post for more than a month. I was either busy at work and thus didn't want to make long posts, or I was busy playing… well, you know. Time spent on playing games is time not spent on talking about games.
Nov 19, 2023 12:14:24 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I was thinking how I considered the original Donkey Kong Country to be a generic Super Mario Bros clone with fancy graphics, but SMB Wonder only just caught up to the level of quality that DKC Tropical Freeze gave us almost a decade ago.
Nov 20, 2023 14:57:21 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: This is surprising. I see DKC as the least Mario-like platformer to feature a Mario character. The Wario Land games still feature Mario-style blocks and pipes, for example, while DKC lacks many Mario elements.
Nov 21, 2023 8:16:55 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: True that DKC lacks a lot of specific Mario-like details, but it has the basic gameplay in that you run, jump, and defeat enemies by landing on them. I didn't see it as having much more than this, thus why I considered it generic.
Nov 21, 2023 9:27:07 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: Yeah, psychologically there is a 'first example' thing. When something new is released and is thought to be innovative, and becomes popular it can lead to comparing newer games to be like it (so we have newer genres like "Metroidvania").
Nov 24, 2023 18:28:16 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: I find it interesting with platformers, it's less often that we regard platform games after Mario as "Mario-like". On this note, I also find it interesting how certain genres are treated differently.
Nov 24, 2023 18:29:32 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: In addition to the "platform" (rather than Mario-like) and Metroidvania examples (incidentally there were games like Metroid and Castlevania before their release), some games are seen as "rip-offs" if people think they're too similar.
Nov 24, 2023 18:31:26 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: An example is how some people treat Fossil Fighters, Robopon, Yo-Kai Watch as Pokémon 'rip-offs' or clones, and the 'monster-battling' genre is often seen as less 'mainstream' than something like 'platformer'.
Nov 24, 2023 18:32:39 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: Also on that note, often people on databases, wikis, etc. stick to only a few genre labels like "platform", "arcade", "fighting", "racing" etc. but there are many more ways to describe a game.
Nov 24, 2023 18:35:03 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: The developers may choose to advertise their game using their own genre, so for instance Starfy was given the label "marine action" in Japan rather than "platformer". I think in essence these don't exist in isolation though.
Nov 24, 2023 18:36:28 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: It also reminds me of how there was apparently a debate on whether NES The Legend of Zelda is an adventure game or RPG (or something like that).
Nov 24, 2023 18:37:27 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Happy 6th anniversary to my favorite RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles 2!
Nov 30, 2023 20:54:33 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: The Super Mario Bros. Wonder speedruns don't feel much like Mario speedruns. Any% takes more than 80 minutes, and features slow Wonder Seed segments and a lot of loading time. They're rather boring to watch compared to even the New SMB games.
Dec 2, 2023 6:08:10 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I've got a lot of Nintendo Switch demos that I haven't got to play. At this rate I'll never clear my backlog even if I don't buy anything.
Dec 2, 2023 10:36:45 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I've finally finished Ciel nosurge DX. Its end is directly connected to the beginning of Ion's part in Ar nosurge DX, which means I'll have to play through that to experience the whole story.
Dec 2, 2023 12:45:14 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Going through everything takes more time than finishing an entire quadrilogy in the Atelier series. I think it'll be another few months before I even touch another game.
Dec 2, 2023 12:46:32 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Also, this is of no use to most people reading this, but Surge Concerto confusingly has save data bonus that goes both ways. To experience the story in chronological order, do Sekai Link in Ar nosurge DX as soon as possible, then play Ciel nosurge DX.
Dec 2, 2023 13:05:55 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Any advice you find online about needing to advance Ar nosurge's story to a certain point does not apply to the DX version. Just make the save data and leave it behind to avoid Ciel nosurge spoilers and not understanding Ar nosurge's story.
Dec 2, 2023 13:07:17 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: (By the way, the PS3 and PS Vita versions of Ar nosurge is available in English, but not Ciel nosurge. The DX version is entirely Japan-only. I have much to complain when it comes to localisation for both Gust and the whole of KOEI TECMO GAMES.)
Dec 2, 2023 13:12:43 GMT -5