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Classic Zelda Commercial


Lord of the Flies
Site Staff
Oct 14, 2007
West Dundee, IL
For those of you old enough to remember all the way back to the 1980's, you'll surely know that video game commercials were certainly not what they are today. Much of this has to do with the drastically different target audience and social changes that the video game industry has gone through over the years.

During this time period, there numerous commercials for Nintendo titles, including our beloved, Legend of Zelda. Embedded below is one of the many classic Zelda commercials.


I have added the commercial to a brand new section of the website that will be dedicated to listing all the various Zelda Commercials. Be sure to head on over to our Zelda Forums to discuss this awesomeness.


Apr 19, 2009
Oh My God. If they made this an advert today. This would make NO sales. Lol, who was this aimed at? People who hadn't seen the advert? Or failed white rappers? Lol.

Honestly one of the funniest videos I have ever seen.


Sep 20, 2008
That is classic 80's commercial material!
Truly a horrible commercial by todays standards, but back then, it would have been...meh.

Watching those kids rap was hilarious, I couldn't help but giggle throughout the entire thing!


Feb 2, 2009
Bwahahahaha. I remember this commercial from a while ago, when I found it on the internet. And I just love how they have this nerdy kid hanging out with this guy that looks like he's probably one of the "higher class" kids at school. I guess that's their way to target a wide audience. I still like the AoL commercial better, though.


Jan 31, 2008
Amherst, MA
Didn't I already answer this one?
"WHOA! Nice graphics!"

That made me laugh even more than the nerd kid trying to rap.


Sage of Tales
I've looked up Zelda commercials online before. A few small fan sites have them listed. They're easy to scrounge up on YouTube.

Have you ever seen the one where this crazy guy is just running around screaming "Zelda!!!!" ? That one is even weirder.

My very favorite Zelda commercials, by far are this one really creepy one for Majora's Mask that's done like the world's going to end in a modern city. There were people looking up at the moon (our moon) saying "The moon's gonna fall." Then there were scenes of someone playing MM and people saying "We're counting on you, kid, don't let us down." --- I don't think the commercial lasted long because it was very, very creepy. I saw it on YouTube and loved it.


One for Wind Waker. It featured a girl trapped in a tower with rain and ocean all around and she was telling the legend of a little boy who braved great dangers all to save.... "me." (I suppose whether the girl is supposed to be Zelda or Aryll is left up to interpretation).

Oh, and back in the 1980s, the graphics on the original Legend of Zelda *were* nice graphics. I remember the time period. I was there. I was a little kid, but I was there. Also, compared to the Atari2600 I had before I got an NES for my one of my birthdays? Yes, LoZ kicked graphics butt back then. *Laughs.*
Apr 5, 2008
Chula Vista, San Diego, CA
I always love these commercials, especially the older ones, because they hardly make sense and I can't contain myself, they're so stupid that I have to laugh at them. I hope we upload all the really lame ones soon, although, I could look 'em up anytime, I suppose, well that is if I wasn't lazy :P

Link Master

The Hero's Master
Oct 14, 2009
Now I am not from that time but I liked perhaps more than todays video game commercials. It did make me want to play the game again. If I were to rate I would give a 3 out of 5 for the following reasons.
One the game play.
Two the line what your saying you never played it ( or some thing like that )
Three last but not least the real use of the system and the controller played by the actual people doing the commercial.
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There's a Bazooka in TP!
Feb 28, 2009
Ontario, Canada
Oh dear. I remember that ad first hand, which is dating myself. I know I thought it was lame then, and I think it's lame now! The shots of the gameplay excited me, I do know that, but I remember making a LOT of fun about the attempted rap in the schoolyard...

And while we're on the subject of ads, I rememebr the guy running around yelling "Zelda!" that Shadsie mentioned. I actually remember it best out of the two ads. WW's ad was probably the best one though of the lot.


The Blue Bomber!
Sep 19, 2009
Ganon's Tower
I remember this commercial! I also remember the Wind Waker and Fourswords Adventure one. I would get excited when I saw a Zelda commercial. As well as the Minish Cap one, well I had to laugh at "Woah! Look at those graphics!". Really? :D


Dark Link is here...
Oct 4, 2009
I'm surprised that this was one of the first commercials for Zelda! Usually the commercials are all action-packed like "One hero will rise" instead of "Zelda is cool, Zelda is rad, Ganondorf is pretty bad!" :lol:

I wonder if anyone decided to buy the game just because this ad? :P

The Castellan

Going bump in the night.
May 13, 2010
My fav early NES ads were of Metroid where the kid got vaporized at the end, and the ad for Ironsword: Wizards and Warriors 2.

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