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Top 10 Funny Video Game Commercials

VO: Dan Paradis
Script written by Peter Sotiriou Providing countless laughs is a sure fire way to create a memorable gaming ad. Join WatchMojo.com as we countdown our picks for the Top 10 Funny Video Game Commercials. For this list, we’ve chosen the funniest game and console commercials that had us laughing long after the ad had finished airing. The commercial must have aired on television, so trailers for games were not included. Special Thanks to our user "Paul Robinson" for suggesting this topic on our Suggestion Tool http://WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top+10+Video+Game+Commercials
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Script written by Peter Sotiriou

Top 10 Funny Video Game Commercials


Providing countless laughs is a sure fire way to create a memorable gaming ad. Welcome to WatchMojo.comsuggest and today we’re counting down the Top 10 Funny Video Game Commercials. For this list, we’ve chosen the funniest game and console commercials that had us laughing long after the ad had finished airing. The commercial must have aired on television, so trailers for games were not included.

#10: “Segata Sanshiro”
Sega Saturn

No matter where you are, no matter what you do… If you’re not playing the Sega Saturn, Segata Sanshiro is coming for you. A parody of Akira Kurosawa’s “Sugata Sanshiro”, this judo master punishes anyone who isn’t playing Sega’s 5th generation console. Segata Sanshiro promoted the system and its various titles with his catchphrase “You must play the Sega Saturn!” He trains in the mountains. He’s faced off against zombies. He even sacrificed himself so that Sega may live on. The Sega Saturn owes its success in Japan to this one badass man.

#9: “The Laundry Bear”
“BattleTanx” (1998)

What do tanks and teddy bears have in common? Nothing, that’s why it’s up to these tanks to eliminate all cuddly laundry bears. Parodying the fabric softener Snuggle and its furry mascot, a tank bulldozes its way through a house and chases down the poor bear. Limbs ripped off, partially on fire and coughing up fluff, the bear would live to see another day as he was brought back for the sequel’s commercial in yet another parody, this time of “The Six Million Dollar Man”. Too bad the bear got run over again.

#8: “Perfect Day”
PlayStation 4

A perfect day is defined by a duel to the death, dangerous street racing and of course, all-out war. That’s what this hilarious ad for the PlayStation 4 demonstrates, as two buddies engage in live action versions of games they would typically be playing on Sony’s newest console. The two fight each other with swords and axes, race in exotic cars and engage in a shootout while singing Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day”. Sony got it right: spending hours one-upping your buddy in video games really is the perfect day.

#7: “Sponge Cake”
“Jam Sessions” (2007)

There’s nothing better than receiving a new game to play at your birthday party. That’s how this ad starts off, as friends and family have gathered to celebrate the boy. It’s all so heartwarming… Until mom brings a lame sponge cake. That’s when all hell breaks loose. This commercial clicks on all cylinders: it’s hilarious, vulgar and nostalgic, and it sells the player on the game. Play “Jam Sessions” and you’ll be an instant rock star, attitude included.

#6: “Mouse Love”
Game Boy Micro

Sex sells. This was Nintendo’s funny take on the old adage used to introduce their newest cash grab, the Game Boy Micro. Scientists test out just how addictive the new Game Boy is, placing it in a mouse maze along with a block of cheese. Well, he does this intead…Regardless of the Game Boy Micro’s success – or lack thereof – this commercial was a riot.

#5: “Robin and Zelda Williams”
“The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D” (2011)

While it may not be the funniest commercial in terms of laughs provided, we guarantee you this one will have you smiling from ear to ear for a while. As gameplay from “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D” is shown, we hear the soothing voice of the late Robin Williams serenade us with a speech geared towards Princess Zelda – or is it meant for his daughter Zelda, who owes her name to this iconic series? It’s a touching commercial, amplified by the passing of the legendary comedian.

#4: “Kevin Butler”
Various PlayStation 3 Titles

As part of their “It Only Does Everything” marketing campaign for the PlayStation 3, Sony created the beloved Kevin Butler character. Whether he’s the VP of Realistic Movements, the Regional Manager of War or the VP of Heroic Actions, Butler has become a PlayStation sensation with his plethora of job titles. Responding to “Dear PlayStation” queries submitted by fans, Kevin Butler provides hilarious, on point answers as he praises and promotes the console and its various games. Butler even takes shots at competitors Microsoft and Nintendo while continuing the PlayStation hype.


#3: “Standoff”
Xbox 360

Microsoft rightfully prides itself on its quality first-person shooting titles. Why not make them the focus of their Xbox 360 commercial? In a bustling train station, two men exchange dirty looks, leading up to the brandishing of handguns - quite literally, their fingers forming a gun as children would do. Soon after, everyone in the station partakes in this standoff, waving around and pointing their fingers. With a spoken “bang”, all hell breaks loose as adults run around “shooting” themselves, spilling out into the streets as people drop like flies because they’ve been “shot”. Although this commercial wasn’t officially banned, Microsoft chose not to air it, which is all the more of a shame since you can see that the actors are clearly enjoying themselves.

#2: “Happy Together”
“Super Smash Bros.” (1999)

With blue skies high above, a group of four familiar friends happily hold hands together and skip across a field filled with sunflowers. And then they proceed to stomp the crap out of eachother. This uproariously hysterical commercial degenerates into an all-out brawl as Yoshi gets double-teamed and Donkey Kong throws Pikachu by the tail, with punches and kicks being thrown relentlessly and unapologetically. This mayhem brought joy to the faces of fans everywhere, as gamers were witnessing a fighter with Nintendo franchises crossing over.

Before we reveal our number one funny video game commercial, here’s a look at some of our Honourable Mentions:

“Phil Hartman Loses It”
“Ice Hockey” (1981)

“Hey Lady, Hit the Gas!”
“Jet Moto 2” (1997)

“A Squirrel with a Hangover”
“Conker’s Bad Fur Day” (2001)

#1: “What’s Your Game?”
“World of Warcraft” (2004)

Celebrity involvement in commercials has always yielded hilarious results. Such is the case for Blizzard’s phenomenal series of commercials to promote their biggest hit, “World of Warcraft”. They didn’t just get one celebrity; they pulled out all the stops and got pop culture legends such as Ozzy Osbourne, Mr. T and William Shatner. Best of all? They got Chuck freakin’ Norris. Whether it was Ozzy debating about his status as the Prince of Darkness, Mr. T’s self-created character known as the “Knight Elf Mohawk” or Chuck Norris’ pure awesomeness, these commercials are priceless.

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