Adweek recently compiled a list of the best commercials of the past 10 years in order to commemorate the new decade, and two of the nominated commercials were video game ads. Nominated by critics and readers, Sony's “The Mountain” commercial and Microsoft Game Studio's Halo 3 “Diorama” commercials were two of the game commercials that received recognition for their creativity and design.
Although both commercials were beautifully crafted and deserve the honors that they received, modern video game ads will never have the charm and cheese of those of the '80s and '90s. See for yourselves, kids. Here are the most timeless retro video game ads.
10. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES, 1995)
(Viewer Discretion Advised: This video is disgusting)
If a “most disgusting video” category existed, this one would top it, no doubt. It's hard to imagine that this commercial would even be allowed to air on public television, ads like this one wouldn't get past the censors nowadays. The world was so different back in 1995, wasn't it? For Nintendo especially, this ad completely contrasts with the typical happy-go-lucky image of modern-day Nintendo.
9. Jet Grind Radio (Sega Dreamcast, 2000)
8. Panasonic REAL 3DO (1993)
7. Philips CD-i (1991)
6. Mario Bros. (Atari 2600, 1983)
5. The Legend of Zelda (NES, 1987)
4. Ice Hockey (Atari 2600, 1981)
3. The Legend of Zelda (NES, 1987)
2. Super Smash Bros. (N64)
1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES, 1992)