Game Ads of Yesteryear

Above: If there’s one thing a Gamesman needs to get better in the arcade, it’s a board game


Above: Eight different systems at once? And a cataclysmic crash of the games industry follows a couple years later? Whodda thunk?


Above: Frogger lives in a suicide-inducingly sad world with everything out to kill him


Above: It scares us to think our military still uses an Odyssey


Above: Ever since his death, Tutankham has been waiting for a home video game about himself


Above:  You’ll need to turn your skin blue to command Air Wolf


Above: A “Password Feature” was once worth advertising


Above: We believe that quote is Mark Twain’s


Above: Somebody’s compensating


Above: We never knew a plastic sword and a rubber throwing star held so much POWER!


Above: So in Castlevania III you change from Simon Belmont to Dracula to a ghost to a pirate? Also, this ad offers a chance to visit Transylvania, probably the most disappointing trip a child can take


Above: A little known fact about old Vlad is that he loves off-road racing


  • JosefMotley - July 4, 2010 2:04 p.m.

    "double-teaming shredder's 700 foot soldiers"?? gulp
  • NottaFanboY - May 14, 2009 8:08 p.m.

    I have that kool-aid game on intellivision 3! now I wanna also Iron sword is a good game
  • lawless77 - March 6, 2009 2:13 p.m.

    Flashback! I've been trying to remember the name of that game for years. Man, I loved that one back in the day. Thanks, guys.
  • noofer7 - February 8, 2009 11:05 p.m.

    shoulda included tv commercials so u coulda shown that awesome OoT ad
  • RazorBladeDream - February 5, 2009 10:15 p.m.

    Ye Gods I owned that Qwirk game AND the Punisher game. The Punisher game was ridiculous, Spider-Man literally swung in for two seconds complete with a ridiculous *dooOOOO!!* noise. The Qwirk game wasn't all that bad, the puzzles were okay for what it was. I did own the dreaded Spot game for Game Boy which was more or less Othello.
  • Sash - February 5, 2009 1:35 p.m.

    And lol @ "This isn’t a basketball game, it’s a lynching"
  • Sash - February 5, 2009 1:25 p.m.

    Lol "Zonked out"
  • phoenix_wings - February 5, 2009 8:11 a.m.

    "We Saved Breakfast!" lol
  • Red - February 5, 2009 3:37 a.m.

    I loved how one of them actually went as far as advertising free pizza coupons from Pizza Hut if they purchased the game.
  • - February 5, 2009 3:10 a.m.

    I lol'd at the Mario breakfast and Decapattack ads
  • zymn - February 5, 2009 2:36 a.m.

    when that one ad said Gary Larsen, i thought they meant Gary LARSON... you know, the guy who made The Far Side... it was a comic strip in the 80s/90s? never heard of it? then go die.
  • HungryBeaver - February 5, 2009 midnight

    Kool Aid game? I wanna play that. Holy crap cool!
  • PCG_Evan - February 4, 2009 10:22 p.m.

    Good stuff. I like when Robocop strangled the dragon to grab his book of the shelf.
  • lava_lamp - February 4, 2009 10:10 p.m.

    >Is this an ad for a game or the Yellow Submarine? lmao i love that movie
  • ssj4raditz - February 4, 2009 9:16 p.m.

    FABIO! I just knew Iron Sword had to be in this.
  • babo_u_da - February 4, 2009 8:04 p.m.

    i can't choose which one is my favorite out of these the mario ad or the final fantasy mystic quest ad..
  • Crashdown1 - April 30, 2009 4:33 a.m.

    This article reminds me of the first video game system (I use that term lightly) I had. It was a Texas Instruments system with riveting games like Math-Man, which was a Pac-Man rip off that required you to do math problems before moving to the next level of the game. At the time it was the shiznit, now it just seems sad...
  • noofer7 - February 8, 2009 11:06 p.m.

    shoulda included tv commercials so u coulda shown that awesome OoT ad
  • thochaos - February 7, 2009 6:31 a.m.

    Awesome. I remember 95% of these. I used to buy a ton of comics in the mid 80s to mid 90s. Then I realised I could buy games with that money. Oh man. That was bad for my wallet.
  • theatticusera - February 6, 2009 5:25 p.m.

    Holy cack i had one of those turtles handheld green plastic dealies!! I loved it as a kid. Ah gamesradar you bring back fond memories! :)

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