The reason why the Operation Rainfall Retro Commercial Research Team (in other words, me) started this Retro Wrap-Up segment every week was because of how much I enjoy the magical world of old video game commercials. They were clever, they were imaginative, and they were endlessly entertaining. While there are some commercials and advertisement campaigns that embody that sense of fun, most video game commercials these days tend to take themselves way too seriously. You wouldn’t see a commercial for Skyrim involving the Dragonborn in a modern-day office situation, or anything like that.
That said, in terms of downright weirdness, Japan always got the upper hand. Hang on, did I say “always”? Well, there was one commercial that was just so bizarre that Japan would look at it and say “The heck were they smoking!?” That commercial was for Joust on the Atari 2600, which is the subject of this week’s Retro Wrap-Up. It’s longer than your average commercial, but it’s…um…well, words cannot possibly describe what you’re about to see.
Here are the highlights from this past week.
Randy Thompson reviews Witch and Hero, Jeff Neuenschwander reviews Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo, Arik Yates reviews Dragon’s Crown, Josh Speer reviews Urban Trial Freestyle, Justin Graham reviews Dynasty Warriors 8 and Jonathan Higgins reviews Tails Adventure in this week’s Games of the Past review.
The Downpour Podcast crew brings all the discussions about music, visuals, narrative, and gameplay (in the case of video games) together to talk about examples of games and anime that excel in these areas in this week’s Downpour Podcast.
Nintendo decides to add an official Earthbound announcement community onto Miiverse. This means that we’re going to see a Mother 3 announcement soon, right? R…right!?