Feature: Nintendo Hardware Launch Commercials Throughout History
Posted by Damien McFerran
A trip down memory lane
With the first UK showing of the Wii U TV commercial causing quite a stir online, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at Nintendo's history of launch commercials, right back to the days of the 8-bit NES — possibly an era when many of the readers of this site weren't even born.
Sit back and soak up the ambiance as we look at how the art of the launch commercial has changed over the decades — and be sure to check out the fashions of each period, too.
NES - When an advert begins with two guys looking meaningfully at one another and wiping perspiration from their brows, you know some serious business is about to go down.
Game Boy - One of the more inventive adverts we've seen, this rather eclectic Game Boy commercial features a rotund Elvis and a lady with loads of cartridges stuffed down her bikini bottoms.
SNES - Remember kids, playing video games turns you into a robot.
Game Boy Color - This is the ad where Nintendo basically tells you that the black and white Game Boy you've been playing all those years is little more use than a doorstop.
Virtual Boy - It came from the third dimension!
N64 - This is actually more of a promotional medley than a commercial, but we'll let it slide as it features the words UNIQUE JOYSTICK in big, friendly letters.
Game Boy Advance - Nothing helps promote a product more than a spot of hospital humour.
GameCube - Possibly the most non-Nintendo advert in the history of Nintendo, we'll let you form your own opinions on this bizarre offering.
DS - Not much happens in this commercial, but the DS sold well, so it obviously worked, right?
Wii - What could this be? This is Wii, apparently.
3DS - It's official, the 3DS is the only console that will allow you to get beaten on Street Fighter by attractive women whilst travelling on public transport! Given this fact, it's hard to understand why the system wasn't a bigger success at launch.
So there you have it. Did we miss any of your favourite commercials out of our list? Let us know in the comments section.