Weird Video Wednesday: Legend of Zelda advertisements

I am determined to run the Weird Video series into the ground with all of these Nintendo adverts. Only this week, the gimmick is Japan! This time on the marketing-go-round, it’s the TV advert for the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on the Super Famicom.

Link is played by a badass woman here! Couple that with Thriller-esque dance moves, a rap lifted straight out of House of Pain’s “Jump Around”, and a menacing Ganon puppet, and you’ve got yourself an advert for the ages. A legend, even.

Meanwhile, in the USA…

Listen out for that “wicky wicky wig” at the end. Vocal impersonations of record scratching sounds ensure street cred in this advert for the ages. A legend, even?

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2 comments

  1. moresleepneeded

    I actually thought the American advert was better because it actually showed what the game was like. The Japanese advert was strange, considering it made the game seem more goofy than it actually is. Why is Link played by a woman anyway?
    I remember owning a videotape with a recording of an advert for Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The advert consisted of extracts from the game with sentences written in pseudo-Medieval English (“Doest thou want any old game?”).

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