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Rik Mayall’s 90’s Nintendo Ads

Published June 9, 2014 by |
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British actor and comedian Rik Mayall passed away Monday at the age of 56.

The news of his death clearly came as a shock to many, no doubt due to the sheer contrast between the somber realities of death and his vibrant larger-than-life on-screen personalities.

Rik Mayall is best known for his work on The Young Ones, Hollywood flick Drop Dead Fred, Blackadder and Bottom, however the alternative comedy star also featured in a number of TV advertisements for Nintendo in the early 1990’s.

Mayall’s style may not seem like the most natural fit for the oft-gentle Nintendo, but these ads aired during the height of Nintendo’s console war with then rival Sega — a period when ‘anything goes’ rang true.

Here’s a look back over some of those Rik Mayall Nintendo ads, including ads for both first and third party games and hardware. Rik even explains the benefits of Starwing’s FX chip. The ad for Link’s Awakening is a personal favourite, take a look:

Tetris 2

Street Fighter II Turbo

Nintendo Game Boy

Nigel Mansell’s World Championship Racing

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Starwing

Super Mario All-Stars


  • Muadiib

    Brilliant, thx for that. I grew up with the Young Ones and then later Bottom, I also loved his one off role in Black Adder and Drop Dead Fred, will be missed.