The global launch of Wii U is impending over us like the ominous moon from Majora’s Mask, and we are currently stuck in a maelstrom of advertisements, commercials, and promotions. However, Nintendo has always been a mainstay in the world of advertising, hasn’t it? Going on three decades now, the Big N has had a massive presence in the consumer electronics market around the world, and it has the advertising to back it. It’s not just at the launch of a major console or game that we have been privy to Nintendo’s colossal coffers of marketing money. Nintendo’s advertising has taken on many forms throughout the years, some good and some questionable. In the coming months, we may find ourselves on the cusp of what could be a major paradigm shift in the way Nintendo markets itself in the new generation. But before that happens, let’s take a look back at some of the best, most interesting, and downright cringe-worthy advertisements from Nintendo. Take a trip back to the archives and revisit some of the old methods that Nintendo used (or tried to use, anyways) to sell stuff to us.