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Video Game Ad of the Day: Virtua Fighter 4

Still waiting on Virtua Fighter 6, Sega!

Virtua Fighter 4 was the first game in the series released on a non Sega platform. The game saw a significant update in Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution which Sega would later release at a budget price – unless you lived in a PAL region. This ad is from the Australian release of the game.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: ICO

Looking forward to the upcoming HD collection.

ICO is considered to be one of the best games on the PlayStation 2, in spite of the fact it was not particularly popular when it was released. The game was originally in development for the PSX, but was shifted to the PS2 late in development. A HD collection featuring ICO and its pseudo sequel Shadow of the Colossus is due in September. This ad is for the Australian release of the game.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Knuckles Chaotix

A Sonic game without Sonic? Madness!

Knuckles Chaotix was the closest thing to a Sonic game released on the 32X. The concept for the game can be traced back to a leaked beta called Sonic Crackers, which had Sonic and Tails connected by proverbial bungee cord between rings that the two carried. Amusingly, the character Mighty the Armadillo was a character concept created for the original Sonic the Hedgehog before Sega settled with Sonic. This ad is for the UK version of the game.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Pitfall!

My favourite VCS game.

Pitfall! was created by David Crane, who with several other programmers had broken off from Atari to form the first third party video game developer Activision. It was the second most successful title for the Atari 2600/VCS with over 4 million copies sold.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Arch Rivals

I knew I had forgotten to do something today.

Arch Rivals was Midway’s first 2 on 2 arcade basketball effort – you could probably even say it was a precursor to NBA Jam in a way. Except for the fact you can punch your opponents out and pull down their pants. This ad is for the NES release of the game.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Suikoden IV

A somewhat reviled entry in the series, I am told.

The Suikoden games are a series of RPGs published by Konami, mostly on PlayStation family systems. Suikoden IV was the second game on the series released on the PlayStation 2, but was not as well received as Suikoden III, due to a shorter length, fewer dungeons and a return to a silent protagonist.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Gitaroo Man

One of those cult hits that everyone latches onto years after it came out.

Gitaroo Man is a music/rhythm game developed by iNiS and published by Koei for the PlayStation 2 in 2001. The game is about a boy named U-1, who is taught how to play the guitar by a talking dog named Puma. There’s a sequel of sorts on the PSP called Gitaroo Man Lives.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Chu Chu Rocket

Opening line of this ad is very amusing

Chu Chu Rocket was the game that kicked off the Dreamcast’s Online Service…unless you lived in Australia. The legend of Ozisoft’s failure will never die.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Banjo-Kazooie

Computer trouble means we’re running late today. Many apologies.

Banjo-Kazooie was one of the finest platformers of the Nintendo 64 era, even if it is unfairly criticised for its collection focused gameplay. The game has a fairly storied development history – it originally started on the Super Nintendo as a game named Dream, starring a boy with a wooden sword who fought pirates.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: EarthBound

An example of how crap advertising can sink a genuinely good game.

EarthBound, or Mother 2: Gyiyg Strikes Back, is the second in a series of RPGs developed by APE Inc and HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo. The series was created by notable Japanese author Shigesato Itoi. It is the only game in the series released outside of Japan, and one of the most heavily demanded re-releases. Unfortunately, due to a variety of potentially copyright infringing issues and large royalty payments to Mr Itoi, Nintendo refuses to re-release the game on Virtual Console, or publish the Game Boy Advance port and sequel. As a result, the asking price for a copy of the game has shot through the roof.

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