I believe that the bulk of the gaming community would mint the typical daisy-picking sing-a-long advertisement a fail. By all means, a gigantic fail. But what do you call a commercial so sickeningly cutesy that it could leap out of the screen and wink a rainbow at you, instantaneously decreasing the circumference of your testicles? Well, first let’s try to endure the blurb itself:
Okay, so you’ve now beheld the seventh dimension of cute and we can conclude that it makes PokePark look like Schindler’s List. We can’t shovel the ad off as cleverly concealed eroticism since that would be crude thing to do, but is there any other feasible excuse to which we can ground its existence?
Perhaps this lame marketing scheme was one of several reasons why Super Mario Sunshine failed to match the commercial success of Super Mario 64 (although Nintendo still pushed approximately 5.5 million copies to consumers; an impressive feat on the Gamecube). I honestly don’t see what demographic this ad might appeal to. Butterflies, maybe?
As far as the game itself is concerned, I thought that Super Mario Sunshine was excellent even though it didn’t quite live up to its legendary predecessor. Then again, Galaxy didn’t resonate with me like the original 3D Mario adventure did either. Regardless, mark my words: this commercial was made by people bred purely on Franklin story books and the belief that they were brought into this world by storks wearing adorable Postman Pat hats. What went wrong, Nintendo?