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!