I’m going to let you in on a little secret that I am not proud to admit. I skipped the Wii. Not on purpose, mind you, as I really wanted one on day one. When it sold out and was re-stocked a month later, I still wanted one. Around sixteen months later, with the system still only found on eBay for around $400 (a sixty percent mark-up), I gave up and decided that, if I was going to spend that much, I’d just buy an Xbox 360 Elite, instead.
I’ve missed out on a lot of great Nintendo games; Super Paper Mario, Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl spring to mind. But, like all those days Peter Gibbons missed in Office Space, I wouldn’t say I’ve been missing them.
I remember this commercial very well, though at the time I had no idea who Paul Rudd was. I will admit to being taken in by his boyish charm and intensity, though. Did anyone else watch this and try to master the art of slamming the cartridge in with one shot? No? PUSSIES, ALL OF YOU.
Mario’s got some good moves for a plumber, but he’s no ninja. Game over, buddy.
(Although I like this, I must wax pedantical: Leonardo, the Ninja Turtle with the katanas, wore blue, not purple; that was Donatello. Maybe it was inspired by the first NES game’s glitch that could portmanteau the two turtles’ names into Donatardo during the intro. mulletsaurus, IkeCube, and I saw it happen firsthand ~15 years ago… and it still makes me giggle sometimes.)