Where there are things being sold, there are advertisements. Generally, you want your ad to be funny, catchy, or memorable in some way. Sometimes that means going balls-to-the-wall weird. The following are the Top 10 most bizarre video game ads on the planet.
#10 - Killer Instinct
This ad was part of Nintendo's super awkward adolescence during the mid-90s when the phrase “Play it loud” was shot out of plaid-barreled, grunge-rock powered cannons at 200 miles per hour straight into your brain. Basically, if you were a video game company in the mid 90s, and you're running an ad campaign, you want something as abrasive and “rebellious” as possible. And what's more rebellious than kids cussin'?
That's right, Mom, these 16-bits aren't f&(*ing for you! They're for f*&^ing me! I'm gonna go downstairs and play f(*&ing video games so loud, you'll have no choice but to ground me forever! No more quietly playing video games with my friends! Those days are f*&^ing numbered! S&%$, b(*^$#!
#9 – Darkstalkers
During the 90's, Capcom pretty much had the market cornered on commercials that were, visually speaking, interesting, groundbreaking, creepy, fucking bizarre. There's just no other way to accurately describe it.
I think the Darkstalkers characters are supposed to be imposing here? I really can't tell. Because when I think imposing, I don't think “muppet”. But that's what Capcom opted to go with. Except for Morrigan, who still manages to be super hot, despite the foam batwings coming out of her head.
God, even I cringed when I typed that.
Anyhow, what really sold this commercial for me was the scowling guy at the end. You put some bushy eyebrows on him, and you've got yourself a scowling Bert from Sesame Street. Magnifique!
Also, the music is just... great.
#8 The Legend of Zelda
This is like an ad from the 1960s was trapped in a glacial ravine and encased in ice for 30 years. Then, in the far flung future of the 1980s, it was unfrozen by some Madison Avenue ad-men. When the ice was cleared away they found your typical 60's dorky kid, and typical 60's cool kid followed by a 60s slogan that vaguely endorses the need for parental supervision in all aspects of a kid's life. It's all here.
Except, this is the 80s! Those dang kids are into the wrapping music these days, so let's get some of those beatsboxes and set 'em up while the kids read their weird poems. Alright, now put it on the air! Who wants this? Nintendo? OK! It's theirs!