Do as the expert gamesman Dave Jackson say and buy the board games based upon Pole Position, Q-Bert and Popeye to improve your strategies! Now you finally will defeat your friends in the arcades!
Pitfall! was one of the most successful Atari video games of all time (only Pac-Mac sold more copies). This is the ad of its sequel, Pitfall II: Lost Caverns, released in 1984. Both games were developed by David Crane and starred by the jungle explorer Pitfall Harry. This game became very popular too.
The original game TV commercial featured a very young Jack Black:
Amidar was a video game developed for arcade by Konami in 1981. This is the 1982 home version ad, released by Parker Brothers. The gameplay is very similar to Pac-Man, alternating stages where the player is a gorilla chased by wild warriors and stages where the player is a paint roller chased by pigs. The name of the game and the structure of the stages are inspired in an oriental kind of lottery called Amidakuji.
If this is not strange enough, have a look at the TV commercial:
In 1982 Parker Brothers released for the Atari 2600 one of the first Spider-Man video games. In the game, Spider-Man is climbing a building defusing the Green Goblin’s bombs and avoiding to get killed by the Goblin’s gangs in the windows. When Spider-Man reaches the top of the building fights against the Green Goblin himself.
Don’t miss the TV commercial with the same script in action:
After their TV debut in 1987 the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became so popular that in 1989 Konami developed a home video game for Nintendo, an arcade game (also adapted to NES as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II in 1990) and the handheld LCD video game of this ad. The bottom of the page is shared by other games: Double Dribble, Top Gun, Gradius, Skate or Die and Contra.