Many self-respecting hardcore gamers hate Nintendo’s family-oriented commercials portraying silly-happy families playing on their Wii U and 3DS sporting dreadfully fake smiles.
Whoever was tasked with creating a trailer for Yakuza 1&2 HD For Wii U must have shared that sentiment, as he gave life to what’s probably the most hilarious and ruthless parody of a Nintendo commercial I ever saw.
Things start with an idyllic family scene topped by an appropriate classical track to set the perfect Nintendo mood. The stereotypical father with an absolutely ridiculous polka dotted vest is playing Yakuza, as the cute daughter switches channel telling him she wants to watch her Anime.
Of course the benevolent dad smiles and agrees. After all he can play the game on the screen of the Gamepad, right? After a while the fashionable mom prepares to leave and tells the daddy to take proper care of their daughter Haruka (conveniently named like one of the series’ recurring characters) while she’s away.
Then things take a steer away from Nintendo’s smile-saturated scenarios: the daddy completely ignores his dumbfounded daughter and takes advantage of his wife’s absence to play (in a rather pathetic way) with one of the sexy hostesses included in the game. He’s so engrossed with the virtual flirting that he doesn’t notice the return of his better half, that catches him in the act, asking him if she can have some some sake as well.
The dad is so taken in by the scene that he responds “Of course, Cheer…!” As his voice dies in his throat the mom says sarcastically “I forgot my purse”.
“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” isn’t exactly the usual message you find in your friendly neighborhood Nintendo commercial, but I like this version a lot more.