The craziest Japanese video game ads
Strange, delirious, extravagant, curious, shocking. Japanese humor based on the absurd pervades the japanese advertising, especially the one broadcast on television. It is common for USA and other Western nations to go viral. spots Japanese products also available in our lands, but that have a different marketing strategy, crazy evenin the country of the rising sun.
And video games are no exception. For decades we have been surprised by very strange advertisements aimed at the Japanese public that attempt to capture attention in a title based on humor. In recent days, the campaEsports Extrasthat Capcom, together with the veteran animation studio Nippon Animation, is carrying out to promote Resident Evil 4 Remakeand this has led us to recover other spots mythical and other more unknown.
Resident Evil 4 Remake
Nippon Animationthe creators of Heidi, Frame and the dog of flanderssEsports ExtrasResident Evil 4 Anime PV Resident Evil Masterpiece Theatera series of animated shorts depicting with absurd humor the situations of the Capcom video game. You can see here the second and the third episode.
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“This is a martial arts dream” has become a mythical phrase. The Japanese publicists of Square Enix decided to record in USA the spots of Dragon Quest VI: The Dream Realmsand for this they used actors who, either due to lack of preparation or experience, starred in an advertisement absolutely delirious for the Spanish-speaking public.
The Dancing Crash
In an advertisement for Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, A family eats apples quietly in the living room of their house. Crash Bandicoot shows up unannounced and everyone starts dancing through the bush and through town. why? Well, why not?
A monstrous actor to promote Monster Hunter
Monster Hunter World It was exclusive to PS4 in Japan, and Sony decided to promote the game with an actor well known to the Japanese public: Takayuki Yamada (13 assassins, The Naked Director). The artist participated in several advertisements, but the following is probably the most bizarre and funny of all of them.
A very different tone has the following spots of the expansion, Monster Hunter World: Icebornein which with a operatic style and with the music of the game a song is composed using the names of the monsters.
Chiitan vs. Rico Rodriguez in Just Cause 4
The Japanese have a culture of risky test tv shows very settled And that’s exactly what this one is inspired by. spots of Just Cause 4in which Square Enix created a mascot, Chiitan, who must pass tests inspired by the actions that Rico Rodrguez performs in the explosive game of Avalanche.
Kirby eats a child
We do not know if it is his way of thanking him or if it is a punishment for having painted on the wall, but in this ad for Kirby Dreamland for Game Boy Nintendo’s pink ball comes to life after a child draws it. Immediately he swallows it and spits it out to the starss. Incredible.
God of War. and the dance
What can be the best way to promote a game in which a fearsome man travels with his son through the Nine Kingdoms of Norse mythology, beheading and mutilating mythological beings? Of course, the only way to advertise God of War: Ragnarok is with one children’s song superimposed on those scenes.
This announcement of Choo Choo Rocket austa
One of the most original and beloved titles in the Dreamcast catalog is Choo Choo Rocket!, a cute puzzle developed by Sonic Team and later appeared on many platforms. What fewer people know is his bloody anime japanese adwhere a KapuKapu eats the ChuChus and they, from the inside, make a rocket and make it explode.
Zelda: A Link to the Dance
Probably inspired by the mythical video clip of thrillerthe Nintendo publicist team decided that it was a good idea to try to replicate the work of Michael Jackson to promote The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The result? A mythical audiovisual document.
out of humor but very interesting, well done and with a professional aesthetic, although with a certain degree of absurdity. The promotional video of playstation classicSony’s miniature console, runs through various scenes in which the actors yell “1, 2, 3” in reference to the device’s release date of December 3 (which in Japan would read 12-3).
Super Mario RPG and songvorous plants
Super Mario RPGthe Square and Nintendo co-production for the Super NES that didn’t make it to Europe, had an advertisement on Japanese television that, like everything on this list, it doesn’t make much senseo, but it’s funny and allows us to make the song-eating plant joke.
The limit of the absurd with Super Mario Advance
It seems that Nintendo takes the cake when it comes to crazy advertising. Here we see a boy who watches, through a broken fence and in a way a little disturbingto another group of boys playing Super Mario Advance. All this while it seems that need to go to the bathroom and use different gadgets to jump over the fence. Don’t ask us.
SEGA mistreating Sonic
Platform game fans have gotten used to SEGA roughing up Sonic, but in this spots advertising of sonic adventure already see it coming. In the two ads that you can see in the following video the blue hedgehog goes through all kinds of hardships in pursuit of adventure
What other crazy Japanese ads for video games and/or consoles do you know? Have we discovered any? We read you in the comments!