Gaming commercials that'll make you say WTF!?

Some gaming TV commercials like to play it sober, delivering a no-nonsense, easy-to-understand message to potential customers. And good for them. However, we tend to prefer televisual adverts that stumble wildly about on our screens like intoxicated hedgebeasts, crashing recklessly into our brains and making us dribble on the remote. Adverts that challenge and bewilder in equal measure. Adverts that provoke a confused "What the f...!?" mutterance. Yes, they're the ads for us.

To celebrate this special breed of dizzying advertisingment, we've ransacked the archives (ie YouTube) and smashed together a scrambled selection of baffling, madbrained and patently rubbish snippets of nonsense related to selling gaming stuffs on TV. Moderate entertainment guaranteed or your money back...

WTF!? Giant Atari anthropod attacks the 80s and tricks woman into bed for steamy insect love.

WTF!? "MS DOS 5 Upgrade, take that image further - it's like selling fries with every burger!" Brilliant public service promo from the stoopid dope posse at Microsoft.

WTF!? When adverts weren't afraid of exploiting cultural stereotypes.

Dr. Mario 
WTF!? Japanese ladies dressed in primary-coloured bunny suits all splashing about in a swimming pool.


  • PhantomRose96 - January 23, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    What a shame, Super Mario Sunshine was one of my favorite games, still is, silly commercial or not...
  • Black_X_1111 - November 21, 2008 10:47 p.m.

    yes you are. Shame, shame upon you all Games Radar. Loved the article though, too bad a lot of the movies have been removed.
  • Wartooth909 - November 21, 2008 10:44 p.m.

    but dude... That ad was really gay. Did you watch it? If so, how would u describe it?
  • adrenaguy - November 21, 2008 11:49 a.m.

    i loved that online dreamcast advert! that was AWESOME
  • scbyfn4evr - November 21, 2008 4:05 a.m.

    The NES commercial seemed oddly threatening.
  • jar-head - November 21, 2008 2:43 a.m.

  • sharifsta - November 28, 2008 2:03 a.m.

    okkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk that mario thing was realy big wtf resident evil one was good all i got to say left is wawawewa very nice
  • jimmcc - November 24, 2008 9:51 p.m.

    @GodlikeApe: Which dictionary would that be, OED and Webster's don't. @Wartooth909: Cunning satire, congrats you're a troll.
  • GodlikeApe - November 23, 2008 4:33 p.m.

    If you look in a recent dictionary, you'll actually see that gay is also defined as a negative adjective. Who knows the writer could be from 1940 and thought the advert was very 'happy'.
  • Wartooth909 - November 23, 2008 4:49 a.m.

    But being a bigot is so much easer then accepting people for who the really are. People who arnt just like me scare me to death.
  • jimmcc - November 22, 2008 12:46 a.m.

    @Wartooth909 The ad is clearly outrageous and I believe the writer is capable of writing something far more amusing and clever than just calling it 'gay.' The feature can be funny without singling out and insulting a minority group. It's 2008 and when someone calls a thing that's stupid, bad or ridiculous 'gay' they instantly sound like they're in junior high. Sorry to be pedantic but, you know, don't be a bigot.
  • jimmcc - November 21, 2008 10:24 p.m.

    Simply calling a commercial 'gay' does not a witty feature make. It puts you on level with an 11 year-old Youtube commenter. Now I'm all for embracing immaturity but it's got to actually be funny and not just tired and homophobic. You're better than that, Gamesradar.
  • rabbitsrmine - November 21, 2008 4:58 p.m.

    Clean is better than dirty, and dirty's meaner than clean!!!!!!
  • Nintendophile - November 21, 2008 1:51 p.m.

    BAM! Right in the FACE! lol.
  • NEzraF - November 21, 2008 5:01 a.m.

    Wow, They don't make them that good anymore. I blame the diminishing popularity of LSD.
  • codzprc - November 20, 2008 9:07 p.m.

    Stacked zombie mother feeding child. Then feeds on child.
  • darkshadow0308 - July 29, 2009 1:30 p.m.

    Yeah I LOVED SMS but that was the gayest thing i've ever seen!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
  • Suicide - June 30, 2009 2:39 a.m.

    The NES one scared me just a bit, the MS-DOS-5, wtf? What was so important about MSDOS5 ?
  • Turkeykilla7 - March 20, 2009 8:33 p.m.

    I Knew they would have the Original Japanese Zelda Commercial. The First time i saw it my jaw just dropped in amazment
  • Ironmaus - March 20, 2009 3:11 p.m.

    The new Xbox 360 ads with the slow-motion view of the creepy people with holes in their heads ALL qualify for this list. What is with Microsoft and their love of weird, weird shit?

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