15 God-Awful Video Game Commercials (LIST)
5. Magnavox Odyssey: now with exciting games like Geography
Video evidence presented above suggests the Magnavox Odyssey sold approximately two units.
The thing is marketed all wrong. It’s like watching people play with flashlights on a wall. And two grown adults playing this thing? Yeah, right. Walking into a Sears and asking for a Magnavox Odyssey is equivalent to walking in and saying, “I haven’t had sex with my wife in 10 years. I will buy absolutely anything to divert my attention from how awful my boring sham of a marriage has become. Yes, I’ll play the flashlight TV game if it means I don’t have to listen to that harpy for five minutes.”
Or at least, that’s what I see when I watch this.
4. Dr. Mario inspires cross-cultural competition
Dr. Mario, in which the satisfaction you gain from vanquishing your foe is second only to the incredibly grating song parody we’re using to sell it. Prepare to have it stuck in your head for days.
Kudos to the actor playing the witch doctor, who sold out harder than probably anyone ever has.
3. Mario! Where are you! This crab got paint on me.
It may be ludicrous and awful, but it’s still better than the Super Mario Bros. movie.
It’s just kind of trippy to see Mario Bros. realized in any sort of real-life way. This spot is complete with paper mache monsters, fog machines and a pipes you can crawl inside.
Actually, lets be honest – throw a race car bed on that set and it becomes the greatest bedroom of all time.
2. I know! We’ll sell Zelda using interpretive dance!
The brilliant idea behind this Japanese spot is to not include any footage of the actual video game whatsoever.
Then they take it a step further – screw even pretending to show something about the game itself. Everyone can just dance. Kids dig dancing.
Though given the rampant popularity of Dance Dance Revolution games and their cones in Japan, this Zelda ad may be onto something.
1. The Legend of Zelda makes you do dumb things