It's official! Nintendo of America will be sending your humble narrator a copy of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for review, and you won't be hearing from us for quite a while once that happens because we plan to hole up with some water and beef jerky until Hyrule is safe. The latest game in the acclaimed series is supposed to serve as a prequel to Ocarina of Time, a game you may be familiar with for changing everything everyone knew about fantasy hack and slash adventures. Plus, we'll get to play it on the Wii, which means our sword arm is finally going to get some exercise in.
We've always been big Zelda fans, though we acknowledge Mario as the one true Video Game God. One thing that Link has over the plumber, though, is he has always put out the absolute best commercials. Excited as we are about the new game, the one we featured above doesn't even crack the surface as far as what Nintendo's marketing team is capable of. Here's some of their best work, and once you've seen that, make sure you stick around for the cream of comedy mockery.
We'll be doing a lot of retro in this article because being insane was so much more mainstream back in the day. Though this ad for the side-scrolling second Zelda game is actually pretty tame compared to some of the other things on the list, it was the first one we remember seeing, and we always end up defending this game to detractors. It takes some real genius to make 8-Bit game footage mesh up with live action performances, and here it's done seamlessly.
It's not that Majora's Mask is a bad game. It's just that Ocarina of Time was one of the best games of all time and that's a hard act to follow. If we'd seen this Japanese commercial for it, though, maybe we'd have given it more of a chance. This will not be the last time a Japanese commercial makes this list, by the way. They really know how to pull out all the stops.
This one makes the cut simply on sheer sweetness. We had no idea Robin Williams was a Zelda fan, and since we know for a fact we're never going to get to name a child Zelda, we've decided to live vicariously through him. Shine on, you nerdy diamond!
Hi, Japan! Did you miss us? If you have ever wondered what would happen if someone combined Michael Jackson's "Thriller," J-pop, a Takashi Miike gangster flick and the Legend of Zelda, then wonder no more. It's sad to think that nothing you'll ever do in your life is going to be more fun than the people in this commercial are having.
There was no way you could do a list of the greatest Zelda commercials and not include the infamous Zelda Rap. It would be number one except for its direct rival in the advertising for the original game. Namely the insanity of...
We like to think that this guy just wandered into someone's house while on meth and started talking about the Legend of Zelda. Twenty hours and a taser later, they added a few screen shots and called it a day. Looking back on it now, we realize that we've based our entire life around this one unrecognized genius of thespian performance.
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Even though the tune is equally dedicated to the theory that all these video princesses are actually making time with their captors, we feel that Zelda gets the starring role in this awesome music video. Not the least because if you watch it to the end, you get to see her audition for the world of adult video. Don't worry, it's SFW.
Another masterpiece from Zachary Byron Helm, the creator of the League of Extraordinary Industrial Retards, this send-up on the Zelda games hilariously shines a light on the absolute ridiculousness of the series when you really stop to think about it. You can see part 2 here.