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Classic Video Game Mascot Commercials

Written By: Elliott Thomas

Video game mascots have been with us for over three decades. Although many characters have come and gone, some enduring personalities have become gaming legends. What does it mean to be a mascot? A true video game mascot is a character that is seen to represent a company or a brand as a whole, and is not just the star of a single game or series. This is truly what separates the legends from the losers. Here is a collection of classic TV commercials featuring four of the most legendary mascots in video game history.

Super Mario Mania! 

Mario is the most beloved, most enduring and most popular video game mascot in gaming history. He has been called "the Mickey Mouse of video games." His legacy spans over 30 years. Mario is truly the biggest star in the video game industry. Here is an amazing collection of classic commercials and trailers featuring Mario and all of his friends. Be sure to watch all the way to the end to see a special clip featuring Charles Martinet the actor who provides the voice for Mario himself. We also have a treat for you Wrestling fans as Captain Lou Albano stars in short clip for the Super Mario Super Show. Mama mia!

Sonic The Hedgehog: Sonic Boom!

Sonic the Hedgehog took the industry by storm in 1991 and things have never been the same. Sega's blue flash has been featured in dozens of games and spin-off titles. He has even teamed up with his former rival Mario in a series based on the Olympic games. Even after Sega retired from the console hardware business Sonic remained the enduring icon that proudly represented the Sega brand worldwide. Watch this classic collection Sonic commercials from the 80's, 90s' and beyond. See TV spots for Sonic games on the Sega Master System, Genesis, Game Gear, Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, and more.

Crash Bandicoot: Crash Crashes the Party!

In 1994 Sony released the original PlayStation console and changed the video game industry forever! The front man for Sony's new console was a wacky marsupial named Crash Bandicoot. Crash was originally exclusive to the Sony PlayStation. He was featured in several classic TV commercials and soon began to represent the PlayStation brand as a whole. Crash also has the unique distinction of having two unique personalities. The US version of Crash is played by a wise cracking comedian in a Crash Bandicoot Suit. The Japanese version of Crash is a silent character and communicates his message only through pantomime. To this day there is a debate about which version is superior, Eastern or Western Crash. Watch our collection of videos and decide for yourself.

Pac-Man Fever!

Pac-Man is the original video game icon and the first character to become a video game mascot. He has been the star of multiple animated TV shows, had several different food products including cereal and pasta, and has tons of different merchandise. His enduring popularity has made him the longest running mascot in gaming history. The original Pac-Man arcade machine has never been out of production. That's quite impressive. He has also starred in literally dozens of different video games since his debut in 1980. He is currently the star of a new TV show called Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures which introduces the classic video game icon to new generation of gamers.

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About The Author: Elliott S. Thomas is obsessed with classic video game ads. Some people call him the "Don Draper of Video Game Advertising." He has played every platform game in the Super Mario franchise. He collects Sonic the Hedgehog games and merchandise. He frequently can be seen wearing a Crash Bandicoot T-Shirt. He has eaten both Pac-Man Pasta and Pac-Man Cereal, both in the same meal!