Tag: Retro Game Ads

retro gaming ads | early marvel

Early video game ads didn’t have the hot-shot graphics that we have today. Advertising for these games was nothing short of a marketing swindle with artwork that really had nothing to do with the game in question. None more-so-than early Marvel titles for the Atari, Gameboy and NES. Making use of some of the hottest comic talents around these ads steered the young consumer hearts straight to the stores; but when we got home that cover art was no where to be found in-game.
Even still, some the artwork produced for these games was fantastic; others are close to laughable. Take a gander of some of these early Marvel video game print ads from various comic books of the time. Presenting the return of the Retro Gaming Ads…


1982 | Spider-Man for Atari 2600
1985 | Marvel Adventures featuring The Incredible Hulk on PC Rom
1990 | Silver Surfer for NES
1990 | Silver Surfer for NES, high score contest
1990 | X-Men for NES
1991 | The Punisher for NES
1991 | The Punisher for Nintendo Gameboy
1992 | Spider-Man Arcade’s Revenge for NES
1993 | Captain America and the Avengers for Sega Genesis & sNES
1994 | The Incredible Hulk for sNES
1995 | Marvel Super Heroes War of the Gems for sNES
1997 | Marvel Super Heroes for PS1 & Sega Saturn
2000 | Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 for Dreamcast
Got a favorite I missed here? Let me know.

retro game ads: star wars

After a recent re-watch of the holy trinity, I’m posting a collection of early Star Wars video game ads. Personally I was hooked on Star Wars: The Arcade Game. Though, I never had the home version. Enjoy:

1982 Star Wars: Jedi Arena
1982 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
1983 Star Wars: The Arcade Game
1983 Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

retro game ads: heroes in a half shell

Hit the jump for more blasts from the past.
1989TMNT handheld

1990TMNT Arcade Game
1989TMNT for NES

1991Battletoads

retro gaming ads: double dragon

We all have an interesting past but none so much as the twin brothers Billy and Jimmy Lee! More old school flavor after the jump.
Double Dragon NES – 1989/1990


Double Dragon 2 The Revenge  NES – 1989
Double Dragon 3 The Rosetta Stone NES – 1990

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