I just love the Japanese sense of humor. They really can make things entertaining for the rest of us. I'm sure you've witnessed at least one scenario where you almost laughed yourself silly on the floor at something they've done. Not only that, it's been a personal dream of mine to visit Japan and bask in their beautiful culture, as well as sample the great food they make!
Commercials are no exception to the rule, and it just goes to show that no limit is too high to show the world your new product or game. Three of those fall into the line of Konami commercial ads for their awesome games. Let's take a good look at them shall we?
First on the doorstep is the classic Goonies game from 1986. Remember that movie? Yeah, the one with the truffle shuffle, Sloth who likes chocolate, and Mikey who is on a quest to save his family's house and find the long lost treasure hidden by Captain "One eye Willie".
Sounds like a story to me doesn't it? Well the popularity of that movie spilled over into the gaming arena, and was never actually released in North America, but was playable on the Playchoice-10 and Vs. formats, which were an arcade style cabinet that played NES games.
The sequel called "Goonies II" was released on the NES in the West, and while it related to the movie so to speak, people actually thought it was based on a sequel to the movie that never took place. The first title was later released on the Famicom Disk System a few years later. If you haven't yet watched the movie, I recommend doing so, as it's a pretty darn good movie to boot.
Next up is Parodius, a side scrolling shooter game with a twist. Sure you've played your average garden variety Gradius games by Konami before, but not like this you haven't. The term Parodius comes from the words "Parody" and "Gradius", which in itself is an explanatory name.
The wacky and cartoon like graphics give the game an entertainment value that few people outside the realm of Japan get to experience. It's spinoff title "Sexy Parodius" was a bit of a controversy, and was never released in North America, and did manage to make its way to the Playstation, PSP, and Sega Saturn in later years.
Last but certainly not least, is the GREE partnership that Konami had to make the Star Wars mobile game. A card game to boot. It seems that a company that is now running the stage with the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise is no stranger to card based games. They did it with Metal Gear, and now they've even done it with a Star Wars game.
Again, another funny Japanese commercial that will have you laughing yourself silly. The force is definitely strong with this one, and for your portable and mobile game lovers out there, you can't go wrong with a title like that, so give it a try if you can.
By the way, take a close look at the Konami logo in each commercial, and you'll notice that it has changed its style over the years. Just a quick heads up about it. Oh, and the 12" vinyl record with Cyndi Lauper at the top featuring "The Goonies R' Good Enough" is the real deal. Somewhat of a collector's item for fans.