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6 Nintendo Promo tapes not seen since 1990's on YouTube

jjgames

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I recently purchased 6 rare Nintendo promo VHS tapes from the 1990's. To my knowledge most of the videos have not been seen publicly since they were made. They are now on youtube for all to enjoy.

The videos are a fun trip down memory lane and make it pretty obvious that there have been big changes in promotional video style in the last 20 years.

Nintendo World Championships 1990 Recap
http://youtu.be/A2OpRgo0dQI

Campus Challenge 92 Sales Presentation
http://youtu.be/kjpl82GazPE

Nintendo PowerFest 91 Sales Presentation
http://youtu.be/_8QEz3cCA8A

Ken Griffey Jr Baseball Promo Tape
http://youtu.be/PNfxp0CfESs

Nintendo SCES 1994 Marketing Video (Summer Consumer Electronics Show)
http://youtu.be/nNA3R5g55X0

"How We Do It" - Marketing video for prospective retailers and business partners
http://youtu.be/GMEskzqVoyw
 

Danny Dudekisser

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Read thread title, thought it said "porno tapes," was less interested.

But still pretty interested.


Edit: Actually, I saw the Ken Griffey Jr. one as a kid. Now we're in maaaad nostalgia territory.
 

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It's funny listening to the old promos and how much Nintendo used to stress the amount of "memory and bits" that went into making a game great. Loved Ken Griffey Baseball.
 

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Read thread title, thought it said "porno tapes," was less interested.

But still pretty interested.


Edit: Actually, I saw the Ken Griffey Jr. one as a kid. Now we're in maaaad nostalgia territory.

Nintendo porno tapes would have been very interesting indeed.

I love the "100% cool" comments in Ken Griffey video. So many great lines in these videos.
 

entremet

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I remember that Super GB commercial so vividly. Advertisers know what they're doing.
 

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I've only watched the first one so far, but the sound mixing is really awful in it at times. xD

Great uploads though, thanks for sharing! Much appreciated.

^LOL. Iwata's sex tapes.
 

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Flashing slogans like "Hock a loogie at life" while showing quick cuts of grungy kids skateboarding and messing with adults, while a song by the Butthole Surfers plays in the background....

I forgot how dang desperately Nintendo marketing tried to out-Sega Sega.
 

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Picked a random video. It starts describing Super Gameboy as "Wild jungle magic". Yeah, I can't,... the cheesiness.
 

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Truely awesome stuff. Thanks for posting this! In the first clip at 1:15 - 1:17, is that James Rolfe (Nintendo Nerd)? Sure looks like it if you've watched the episodes with clips from when he was a kid.
 

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Totally Radical, OP!


The early 90's were like the late 70's- the culture is completely forgettable, only gonna be cool for nostalgia purposes- but I love the first vid, encapsualtes everything 90's.

That Uncle Joey haircut is awesome!

You wouldn't get excited by hit Nintendo pornos like
"My body is ready" or Reggie fills a-me"?

 

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That summer '94 promo video was aired on tv, at least part of it; the whole part with Mortal Kombat 2 footage, which was THE MOST AMAZING THING WE HAD EVER SEEN.

My friend had recorded it off tv, and we would watch it again and again just to see those 0.5secs cuts of MK2 on the snes. We were incredibly blown away about the bizarre alt colors for Lui Kang and others (Lui Kang is sporting some blue pants at some point), Shao Khan attacking you before the Fight! text, and so on.

Of course, it was all footage taken from an unfinished dev version; but it did fuel hours and hours of speculation about 'street fighter-like color picking' and whatsnot!

It's very cheezy now, but that summer ad was incredibly effective for teenagers back then. It hyped the fuck out of us!
 

jjgames

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was there ever a network broadcast for the championship finals for 91?
The 1991 event ending up being completely different than what Nintendo described in this video. It was called Nintendo Campus Challenge and only toured university campuses and some spring break spots. It didn't have semi-finals. AND the final was never broadcast live.

I'm guessing Nintendo had a hard time getting enough promotional support to make the bigger event happen. It would be interesting to know what happened for sure, but the event they describe never took place.

I have some bad news OP...

...I think you only got 5 tapes.
There are five shown in that picture and then 1 red one that you can barely see the top of. You can see the other pictures here if you want
 

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Lol at star fox VHS, I remember receiving a Donkey Kong one in the mail as a kid. Lent it around and I think someone's VCR ate it or so they said.