Top 5 Must Watch Retro Video Game Commercials
It is always fun when something new comes out from a video game company. Be it a new game, a new system, a new controller, whatever. But to get people excited for the new offering, commercials have got to get people excited. So here are the Top 5 Video Game Commercials You Must See.
#5 – Metroid II
A lone figures head telling you that a single Metroid creature from the first game survived and the Metroid hero, Samus, will have to do it again or be destroyed is a powerful way to send the message. it also helps if you do it in the style very similar to Game Boy’s art. Telling people you will get more powerful weapons in this version of the adventure while showing off scenes from the game helps get people’s attention. The glowing red eyes and the call to “Destroy or be Destroyed!” leaves a lasting image of the new game before it is released.
#4 – Game Boy
Nintendo made a big announcement in 1990 by introducing the original Gamer Boy system. The handheld video game system was introduced to people with this commercial in 1989. Using an extra suit from the Captain Power live action show to be a villain in a face-off with a gamer, the commercial showed off the big features of the new system.
#3 – Doom
Atari had a lot to make up for in Introducing the Jaguar system in 1993 but releasing Doom for the system in 1994 was a big step in the right direction. Not only did it have a lot of shooting and killing of evil hell spawn monsters, the new system had the computing power to make it happen like never before. What better way to announce a violent and bloody shooter than have it come from a preacher delivering the message of hell to his flock.
#2 – Super Mario Brothers 3
Nintendo had a lot to live up to by 1990. The first Super Mario Brothers game had become an institution in gaming, while the second game had a lot of weird talk considering it was actually another game switched with the Super Mario Brothers 2 name. So what better way to announce the release of the third game than showing a crowd calling for it. The image of Mario’s face made to look like it was a BIG crowd of people showed how popular Super Mario Brothers was at the time.
#1 – Genesis Does
The Sega Genisis system was the big contender against the Nintendo system by 1990. While the “original” Master system wasn’t much of a threat a few years before, the Genesis system brought much more to video gaming. This commercial not only announced the better graphics and action but also showed off a lot of the famous names that hade games on the way soon. All this presented with an upfront and confrontational package that showed what Sega was doing compared to what their competition was not.