Sonic Mania Plus Commercial Recalls the Glory Days of the 16-Bit Console Wars

It's as true now as it was in the '90s: If you're not playing Sonic, you're a neeerd.

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Sega's latest promotion for Sonic Mania Plus is a winner. A harried salesperson tries to sell a faceless shopper (that's you!) on a copy of a generic shooter called Finger GunZ even though the shopper is clearly interested in the "outdated" copy of Sonic Mania Plus running alongside the Finger GunZ footage. In the end, the shopper goes home with Sonic Mania Plus (and the salesman falls over a stack of unsold Finger GunZ CDs).

If you were alive just as the 16-bit console wars started heating up, this reference probably isn't lost on you. When the SNES launched, Sega aired a frankly brilliant advertisement where a similarly harried salesman tries to sell a shopper on the $199 Super Nintendo with Super Mario World, only to have the shopper show far more interest in the "cheaper, faster" Sega Genesis and Sonic the Hedgehog.

There's one noteworthy difference between the ads: The advertisement for Sonic Mania Plus doesn't call out any popular first-person shooters by name (though it does throw in a bit of lootbox snark), whereas the '90s ad takes direct aim at Nintendo. Sega's ads pumped more headshots into Nintendo, until the Big N finally fought back with its own edgy "Play it Loud!" ad campaign. The '90s were savage. It's a miracle we survived.

As for Sonic Mania Plus, it's difficult, but it's a lot of fun. Caty published her own hands-on experience with Sonic Mania Plus last week, so if Ol' Gil's failed sales pitch doesn't sway you, maybe our words will.

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  • Avatar for Kirby-Queen #1 Kirby-Queen 2 months ago
    That was pretty good
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  • Avatar for LBD_Nytetrayn #2 LBD_Nytetrayn 2 months ago
    This made my day, and warms my heart every time I see it.
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  • Avatar for Funny_Colour_Blue #3 Funny_Colour_Blue 2 months ago
    This is hilarious! It's funny how the same commercial can work 20 years later and still be funny. Sega did a really good job back then and it's just as effective now.

    I LOVE IT! 5/5!!

    To this day I still think Sonic 2 can cut julienne fries.Edited 2 times. Last edited July 2018 by Funny_Colour_Blue
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