Category Archives: Video Gaming

NINTENDO… taxis, love hotels and video games!

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The Japanese company Nintendo was founded on September 23, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi. The company originally produced hand-crafted playing cards. By the early 1960s several other ventures had been tried out including a taxi company and a love hotel!

Nintendo first ventured into the video game industry in the 1970s. In the 1980s they introduced us to their classic Game & Watch hand-held games and soon-to-become-iconic characters like Donkey Kong, Zelda and the Super Mario Bros. Other early Nintendo products include Game Boy, the NES and SNES consoles, and a co-ownership of the Pokémon franchise. Nintendo continues to be one of the leading innovaters in the electronic games industry today.

Warning: awesome alert code red. This post contains more than 40 images of Nintendo related goodness. Enjoy.

US. Groo. 1990.


US. Dark Hawk. 1991.


Gameboy. Denmark. 1991. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.


US. DC Starman.1989.

US. DC Starman.1989.


USA. Groo. 1989.


USA. Groo. 56. 1989.


France. Pif Gadget. 1983.


US. Groo. 1988.


US. Groo. 1989.


US. Groo. 1989.

US. Groo. 1989.


USA. Groo. 54. 1989.

USA. Groo. 54. 1989.


US. Starman. 1989.

US. Starman. 1989.


US. Nth Man. 1989.

US. Nth Man. 1989.


US. Groo. 1988.

US. Groo. 1988.


US. Groo. 1988.

US. Groo. 1988.


US. Groo. 1989.

US. Groo. 1989.


Cloak n Dagger. 1989.

Cloak n Dagger. 1989.


US. Groo. 1990.

US. Groo. 1990.


Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles Nintendo. Denmark. 1991. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.


US. Groo. 1989.


US. Groo. 1989.


US. Groo. 1990.


US. Firestorm. 1989.


US. Nth Man. 1989.


US. Groo. 1990.


US. Groo. 1989.


US. Groo. 1989.


US. Nth Man. 1989.


US. Nth Man. 1989.


US. Groo. 1991.


US. Starman. 1989.


US. Groo. 1988.

US. Groo. 1988.


US. Groo. 1989.

US. Groo. 1989.


US. Groo. 1989.

US. Groo. 1989.


Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1983.


UK. Hamleys Catalogue. 1983.


France. Pif Gadget. 1984.


USA. Groo 49. 1989.

USA. Groo 49. 1989.


US. Firestorm. 1989.


US. Groo. 1989.


US. Nth Man. 1989.


USA. Marvel New Universe. 1988.

US. New Universe. 1988.


For the complete rundown of Nintendo products from the ’80s to present see the official site: Nintendo

Retro Gaming Galore!

Video games consoles, cartridges, hand-held games, computers and electronics – as featured in the 1983 Hamleys Christmas catalogue.

Warning: TVTA cannot be held responsible for any sensory overload you may encounter as you feast your eyes on 80s electronic heavy-hitters like Atari, Coleco Vision, Vectrex, Texas Instruments, Bandai, Philips, C.G.L., Parker carts, and classic games like Frogger, Q*bert, Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, Galaxy Invader, Snoopy Tennis, Pitfall!, River Raid, Space Invaders and more!













 

Eight retro gaming ads

TVTA presents eight retro gaming ads fresh from the 1980s … featuring Atari’s Advantage Prize Offers and Moon Patrol … Intellivision’s Kool-Aid Man and Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Video Games Taito’s Bubble BobbleWrestle Mania … Parker Brothers Popeye The Sailor Man … and game offers from the UK’s BOMB!


US. Firestorm 81. 1989.

US. Firestorm 81. 1989.


US. Firestorm 24. 1984.

US. Firestorm 24. 1984.


US. Alpha Flight 4. 1983.

US. Alpha Flight 4. 1983.


US. Firestorm 24. 1984.

US. Firestorm 24. 1984.


US. Firestorm 81. 1989.

US. Firestorm 81. 1989.


US. Firestorm 81. 1989.

US. Firestorm 81. 1989.


US. Alpha Flight 4. 1983.

US. Alpha Flight 4. 1983.


UK. Starburst 66. 1984.

UK. Starburst 66. 1984.

Seven retro gaming ads

From France, the US and UK – seven adverts featuring Amstrad, Philips, Atari, Invicta, Imagic and Parker products from the 1980s.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


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France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.


UK. 2000 AD. 1983.

UK. 2000 AD. 1983.


UK. 2000 AD. 1983.

UK. 2000 AD. 1983.


UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.


UK. 2000 AD. 1983.

UK. 2000 AD. 1983.


 

Four Atari Adverts

Made for the UK market: three comic strip style Atari ads and a competition to win Atari consoles with Colgate toothpaste.


UK. Eagle. 1984.

UK. Eagle. 1984.


UK. Eagle. 1984.

UK. Eagle. 1984.


UK. ROTJ Weekly. 1983.

UK. ROTJ Weekly. 1983.


UK. Eagle. 1983.


 

 

Mattel Electronics – cool retro-gaming artwork ads

Kool-Aid Man, Burger Time, Tron… I love the artwork on these Mattel Electronics video game ads from 1983/4.

US. Legion of Superheros. 1983.

US. Legion of Superheros. 1983.

 

US. The Defenders. 1983.

US. The Defenders. 1983.

 

US. The Defenders. 1983.

US. The Defenders. 1983.

 

US. Nightforce. 1983.

US. Nightforce. 1983.

 

USA. Amethysts. 1984.

USA. Amethysts. 1984.

 

US. The Warlord. 1983.

US. The Warlord. 1983.

1983 ads for the Philips Odyssey Home Video Game Console

The following scans of the Philips Odyssey home video game console are part of a four page centre spread found in a 1983 Brazilian Disney comic Pato Donald.


Brazil. Pato Donald. 1983.

Brazil. Pato Donald. 1983.


Brazil. Pato Donald. 1983.

Brazil. Pato Donald. 1983.


Brazil. Pato Donald. 1983.

Brazil. Pato Donald. 1983.


Brazil. Pato Donald. 1983.

Brazil. Pato Donald. 1983.


More Philips gaming adverts

UK. 2000 AD. 1983.

UK. 2000 AD. 1983.


Early video game advertising from Philips. France. Télé Junior N° 4. 1977.

France. Télé Junior. 1977.


Pateta 36 1984 Odyssey Philips videogame

Brazil. Pateta 36. 1984


 

 

PAC-MAN… a pellet-popping, ghost-dodging classic

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Pac-Man was developed by Namco and released in 1980. Probably the most well-known arcade game and an icon of popular culture, Pac-Man has spawned a multitude of games, clothing, a TV series, music and merchandise sold worldwide. TVTA is pleased to present a selection of International adverts featuring the little yellow dude.


France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

France.PIf Gadget. 1983.


US. Groo. 1989;

US. Groo. 1989;


UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.


Pac-Man French pressing 7 inch vinyl record, sang by Willy. 1983. Polydor Records.

Pac-Man French pressing 7 inch vinyl record, sang by Willy. 1983. Polydor Records.



France. Picsou. 1984.

France. Picsou. 1984.


France. Pif Gadget. 1984.

France. Pif Gadget. 1984.


 

Brazilian retrogaming from the eighties

A selection of electronic and video games adverts from Brazil, 1984/85


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Brazil. Cebolinha N° 136. 1984.


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Brazil. Pato Donald N° 1738. 1985.


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Brazil. Pateta N° 36. 1984.


 

1982 Miro-Meccano jeux électroniques from France

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In 1982 the French company Miro-Meccano advertised a series of handheld electronic games that included the popular Merlin and Electronic Detective. The adverts below all appeared in issue 712 of Pif Gadget.


France. Pif Gadget 712. 1982.


France. Pif Gadget 712. 1982.


Pif Gadget 712 1982 MM jeu elec 03a


Gary Larsen thought he had all the answers… and other retrogaming goodies!

Riddle of the Sphinx

Poor Gary… look at him, a veggie, zonked out. Totalled. This 1983 ad for Atari’s Riddle of the Sphinx tries to convey how hazardous video gaming can be.

USA. The Defenders 1983.

USA. The Defenders 1983.


Freedom! No more wires…  

The Camerica Freedom Stick needed no cumbersome, tangly old wires, and was happy to interact with a number of different console brands.

USA. Groo 47. 1989.

USA. Groo 47. 1989.


Bubble Bobble…. a classic!

 I spent a good many hours tackling this fun game. Also included on this ad are the titles Operation Wolf, Sky Shark, and Renegade.

USA. Groo 47. 1989.

USA. Groo 47. 1989.


Video excitement in the palm of your hand…

I love the artwork on this 1989 ad for Double Dragon from Tiger Electronics.

USA. Groo 57. 1989.

USA. Groo 57. 1989.


Parker Brothers… Frogger, Popeye, and Q*bert

Poor Q*bert… in this ad he’s suffered damage to his nose from a removed price sticker – ouch! Shame he doesn’t have his usual little speech bubble above his head with his expletive written inside. Maybe Frogger is the culprit responsible for the price sticker removal… and Popeye is racing off to exact a swift punishment? 🙂

USA. Marvel Alpha Flight. 1984.

USA. Marvel Alpha Flight. 1984.


UK. 2000 AD. 1983.

UK. 2000 AD. 1983.


UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.

 


 

SEGA video games system

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Founded in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1940 as Service Games, later renamed SEGA and famous for Sonic the Hedgehog, the Master System and MegaDrive.

One of my favourite MegaDrive games was Altered Beast. Long gone are the days when I still had my console but I somehow managed to keep hold of this game.

Altered Beast. 1990.

Altered Beast. 1990.


US. Strange Tales. 1988.


US. Groo. 1991.


Sega Fighters Megamix Crimson Dawn 1 1997

Crimson Dawn. 1997.