Quantcast
Watch five classic Nintendo system launch clips - Destructoid




Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android



Watch five classic Nintendo system launch clips photo
Watch five classic Nintendo system launch clips

4:00 PM on 11.17.2012

From NES to Wii U


Today, Nintendo launches the first next-gen system or last current-gen system, depending how you look at it. Things always appear different in retrospect, which is perfectly illustrated in these bizarre, ancient clips of Nintendo's past system launches. There is something about a Nintendo home console launch that makes fans go crazy and the media go even crazier, as a result. 

Don't believe me? Take a look.

1. Super Mario Bros. 3 Launch, February 1990

Look at those mustaches! Yup, it's the early '90s. TV news media still awkwardly reports on game launches, treating those that stand in line as deviants, but not to the degree media did in the '90s. It's as if the newreporter wants to say, "What the hell is wrong with you!?" The part when the little kid nerd rages on the newsreporter makes it all worth it: "You don't know! You're a grown-up! You hardly do this!" the kid yells. Hell yeah, kid! You tell him!

2. Parents Upset Over New Nintendo Console, August 1991

Instead of standing in line for the Super Nintendo, these kids are stuck in a room with a hack therapist because they are too "Nintenpendent". This is one of the most laughably sensationalized displays of news media exaggerating the effect games have on kids. The news station uses the launch of the Super Nintendo as a way of scaring its audience of the perils of videogames. Keep an eye out for the stunning green screen effects that put the newsreporter into F-Zero.

3. ITV News reporting on Nintendo 64 release, September 1996

The Nintendo 64's early years was my favorite time with a Nintendo system. I remember bringing it home and being blown away by all them friggin' bits. This news clip on the system's launch is pretty dry but worth watching for seeing some old talking heads. It's always amusing to hear a game journalist from 1996 saying, "These are the graphics we always hoped we'd be able to see." But, seriously, some one tell those kids to not sit so close to the TV. I mean, c'mon. That's like basic parenting, right there.

4. Japanese launch of the GameCube, September 2001

[video link]

Billy "Louie the Cat" Berghammer has been in the industry for longer than most journalists. I love the guy! Here's Billy at the Japan Gamecube launch, showing the event from a Westerner's perspective. The launch took place just two days after the Sept. 11 attack in the US, which explains the somber opening of the video. Either Billy visited the wrong store or the GameCube had a really sad launch in Japan, going by the video. Watch the following videos in the series for more.

5. Toys R Us Wii line, November 2006

Back in 2006, before Destructoid was sent multiple early pre-launch console for review, we did stupid stuff like stand in line with people during a system launch. Here's a buried Dtoid video of us hanging out at Toys R' Us for the Wii launch. You know, just because. I have a feeling the Wii U launch won't be quite as intense as the Wii's but who knows until it happens. Be safe out there, people! Keep your Wii U close and your riot shield closer.

[image]






Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.



GOTY 2014: Best musical photo
GOTY 2014: Best musical
4:00 PM on 12.17.2014






Destructoid Originals

10:30 AM on 12.19.2014
Predicting the next Telltale Games series

The people at Telltale Games are wizards. There's no other explanation. They have an uncanny ability to coax money men into handing over the keys to some of the most valuable properties in the entertainment business. Then the...more



3:00 PM on 12.18.2014
Nominees for Destructoid's Best Narrative Design of 2014

[Image credit: Mike Lambert] It's impossible to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes for great narrative design. It's just something you know when you see. It's more than an outstanding story (although, that's certainl...more



4:00 PM on 12.17.2014
GOTY 2014: Best musical

What a dismal showing this year. Last year had Frozen, which tailed into this year, world without end, amen, with a long icy tail like Halley's comet. When are we going to have the "Let it Go" of videogames? We'll never ...more



View all Destructoid Originals






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more