TV commercials are an artform. Advertisers are limited by time and are competing with a wide range of other products for your attention, so these bite-sized productions have to deliver their message as tightly and effectively as possible.
Few commercials are as successful - and downright strange - as those created by the Japanese. YouTube user Aya-Maya Eve has put together a selection of vintage clips which show off some of the best adverts, including a bunch from our friends at Nintendo, and associated third party publishers.
Highlights include Star Fox, various Sonic commercials, a few amazing Metroid ads and some Fire Emblem TV spots. Both videos are basically essential viewing.