Game Ads of Yesteryear

Above: Just look at the pure speed infused in the first screen alone


Above: Ironically the hardest thing to save was the fatally flawed Game Gear, no matter how many giant back packs it had


Above: With a grainy screen like that it’s worth $100


Above: You laugh now, but Game Genie did so much for the people of Bosnia


Above: “You shall die this night, Billy. Mark my words!”


Above: This guy Kwirk is so rad he can balance his game on his finger. Keep on trucking, you chill tomato


Above: Mario’s arm holding the spoon looks broken


Above: Tell your science teacher that at the heart of every atom is a Game Boy


Above: No game since has had a “special appearance” by anybody. It’s like Spider-Man is Bette Midler on Golden Girls


Above: What is this an ad for? Why didn’t Sega just burn their money?


Above: I don’t know printed page, it all looks so amazing it must be on a wondrously huge CD


Above: This ad dares to make fun of its out-of-shape audience


  • 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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