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Your favorite video game commercials

Posted: February 1st, 2020, 8:59 pm
by Zack Burner
This will be a rather strange post for some, but all in good fun. I'll start:

Kirby's Adventure

Final Fantasy VII

Donkey Kong Country

The Jungle Book

Sly Cooper and the Thievius Racoonus

Super Punch-Out!!!

Zombies Ate my Neighbors

Super Mario Sunshine

Re: Your favorite video game commercials

Posted: February 1st, 2020, 10:04 pm
by Stalvern

Re: Your favorite video game commercials

Posted: February 2nd, 2020, 12:42 am
by velcrozombie
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out for the NES. Probably the first video game ad I remember seeing. When you're young you want some way to legitimize your interests, so having Tyson not just in the commercial but playing the game made it feel like a big deal:

The Mortal Kombat - Mortal Monday commercial was brilliant at getting a 10-year-old kid like me incredibly excited to play this crazy game, simply by showing countless other kids being hyped for it:

This Sega Genesis ad for Jurassic Park was the first time I ever bought a game solely based on a commercial. The raptor and T-Rex footage looked better than anything I'd ever seen before and the way it's edited to be this barrage of dinosaur carnage grabbed me by the throat - I taped the ad and would watch it 10 times in a row. Now I like it more for the paleontologist intro and the classic SEGA! at the end:


I'm trying to come up with more retro commercials and I'm blanking so I'll throw in a couple of newer ones:

Silent Hill 3 for the PS2. Mainly for the opening voice-over:

Alien vs Predator: Extinction for the XBox. Only ever seen this one time but I thought it was clever and funny and never forgot it:

I've never gotten into the Assassin's Creed games, but I used to see this AC2 commercial all the time back around 2009-2010 and I still think it's really cool, stylish and a bit on the creepy side:

Pretty good live-action Hotline Miami ad that works by showing as little as possible. I wish they had a Delorean (or at least a varsity jacket) but it has some nice touches, like the ascending/descending elevator numbers and the wear and tear on the mask:

Trailer for Fable 3, a game I've never even played but used to see all the time in late 2010-early 2011. Kind of a cliche now but slow-motion + awesome song ("Young Men Dead" by The Black Angels) worked at the time: