In the 1980s, videogames weren’t ‘cool.’ They were rad. Totally rad. And the raddest games at the time were on the Nintendo Entertainment System, the console that made so many from our generation gamers for life. The collective memory of playing Super Mario Bros and blowing into cartridges has a worldwide reach that crosses cultures and transcends borders. The proof is in the ads. Check out some of our favorite retro Nintendo commercials from around the world for games you grew up playing.
USA – Aretha Franklin brings Christmas home
Above: The Queen of Soul sells Nintendo Entertainment Systems for Target
France – Duck Tales
Above: Who would’ve thought that a game about an old duck with lots of money and a cane would be so popular?
Japan – Don Doko Don
Above: A platformer by Taito where players used a mallet to smash enemies
USA – Dr. Mario – Ching Chang Walla Walla Bing Bang
Japan – Dr. Mario – Swimming Song
Above: The only videogame commercial that featured synchronized swimming
USA – Dr. Mario
France – Super Mario Bros 3
Germany – The Simpson’s: Bart’s Nightmare
USA – The Legend of Zelda Rap
Above: The Zelda rap war begins
Japan – The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Super NES)
Above: The Zelda rap war comes to an explosive end
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