Artifact Details

Title

Commercials for various video game systems, 1982-1990

Catalog Number

102651757

Type

Moving image

Date

1982-1983

Publisher

Nintendo of America, Inc.

Duration

01:37:49

Format

Digital Video Disc (DVD)

Description

This video collection contains commercials for a wide variety of video game systems, video games, and computer platforms from the early 1980s to the early 1990s. Specific gaming platforms mentioned include the Atari 2600, the Atari 5200, the Atari 7800, the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Sega gaming system, the Coleco Vision gaming system, and the Commodore 128.

These commercials give a sense of the intended audience for video games and platforms during this time period, as well as a fairly complete look at the types of games being offered at the time. Classic games featured in the commercials include Super Mario Brothers, Metroid, Duck Hunt, Berzerk, Missile Commander, among others. The commercials also serve as a timeline for developments in human-computer interaction, featuring tools such as 3-D goggles, motion-sensing gloves (the Nintendo Power Glove in particular), hand-held weapons, and joysticks.