Fightin’ Talk

Die Cut N°4. 1994. US.


Ten testosterone-filled, sword-wielding, fist-flying, karate-kickin’, armour-melting, laser-firing, ear-boxing, shark-attacking video game adverts from big boys Nintendo, Sega, Atari, Activision, Capcom, Acclaim, Konami and Taito. 


Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.

Die CutN°4. 1994. US.

Die Cut N°4. 1994. US.

Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.

Die Cut N°4. 1994. US.

Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.

Detective Comics N°651. 1992. US.

Die Cut N°4. 1994. US.

Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.

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 50 images of Nintendo related goodness. Enjoy.

Die Cut N°4. 1994. US.

Die Cut N°4. 1994. US.

Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.

Taito titles for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The Young All Stars. 1988.

Zanac and Lunar Pool for the Nintendo and NES. The Young All-Stars. 1988.

Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.

Detective Comics N°651. 1992. US.

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.

Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.

De Speelboom N°3. November. 1987. Netherlands.

Speelboom Club Journal 5. 1987. Netherlands.

Kool Aid Nintendo offer. The Young All-Stars. 1988.


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

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.

Another ad for Double Dragon –

Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.


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.