Top 5 Friday: Video Game Christmas Commercials – The Good, The Funny, and the Weird


5. Atari, 1983

“There was a huge crash…” In 1983, you bet there was. Still, points to Atari for soldiering on and trying to stay afloat for just one more Christmas with this delightfully cheesy spot.

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4. Nintendo/Target, 1988

I’m not sure what’s stranger about this commercial: that Aretha Franklin was shilling NESes for Target, or that Target existed in 1988.

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3. Cabella’s Big Game Hunter, 2012

Yeah yeah, roll your eyes…just watch it, it’s genuinely funny.

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2. PlayStation, 1996 (Japan)

It’s a video game commercial from Japan, so of course it doesn’t make a damn bit of sense. And of course you’re about to watch it twice.

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1. Nintendo/Pepsi, 1989

Full disclosure: This one got the top spot because I actually remembered this commercial, and it gave me all types of warm fuzzies. If you’re a gamer of a certain age, I dare you to watch this and not smile.