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Promo Man: ‘Bonk for President’, the Bonk RPG and more

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A super-deformed, chibi caveman is exactly the kind of thing I’d expect to fall out of Japan in the 90’s. Starring in one of the more vibrant and enjoyable games for the PC-Engine, Bonk was quickly turned into a mascot for NEC and the TurboGrafx-16. But I don’t think the marketing team thought much beyond having a face to go head-to-head (pardon) with Sonic and Mario.

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Promo Man: I mustache you a question

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I always appreciated the simple iconography of Mario and Luigi’s mustaches on this postcard. It wasn’t a standalone ad for Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga, rather a cheeky little postcard that came tucked into a few issues of Nintendo Power leading up to the game’s 2003 release.

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Promo Man: Some Sports Things

~ Are you ready for some sports… thiiiiiings!? ~ That’s how the tune goes right? I’m not a big sports game guy but over the years I picked up a few different merchandising tchotchkes. First was the Monday Night Football plastic cup from Data East that I got at CES 1992. For the longest time it held all my other tchotchkes from CES.

In 1995 I was working a high school job at Meijer and would look forward to visits from our Nintendo rep. She’d drop off posters and water bottles and keychains like this one (bottom) for Ken Griffey Jr.’s Winning Run on SNES. It was especially well balanced so if you had your pointer finger through the key ring you could swing the bat and ball back and forth in a satisfying twitch.

Four years later in 1999 Nintendo was promoting Ken Griffey Jr.’s Slugfest on N64 with this baseball glove keychain (top) at E3 and other events. It didn’t feel good at all but held the oversized baseball from the other keychain almost perfectly.

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