'90s kids, get ready for some serious nostalgia! Towards the end of the decade, Pokémon had pretty much taken over and a Game Boy was THE gaming gadget that was the talk of the playground. There was also an important allegiance to be declared: Blue or Red?
2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the original release of Pokémon Red & Blue, but can you even remember how you heard about it in the first place? Although long forgotten, Nintendo did actually come out with a creative (and considerably creepy) commercial:
Yep, a busload of our favorite little creatures are kidnapped and crushed in a compactor. Whose twisted idea was this, Nintendo?! We get the point of the ad is to show that the cute and collectible pets really are 'pocket monsters' but the dark filter and smoke make it look like a post-apocalyptic world — never mind the fact that a menacing middle-aged man is committing the crime.
The Pokémon commercial might even come close to beating that awkward Super Smash Bros ad from 1999 in the creepy stakes:
Coming into its 20th year as a hugely successful franchise spanning video games, trading cards, animated TV shows, movies, comic books, and toys, everybody still loves Pokémon. I think we can forgive them for this one horrifying commercial, don't you?