Guess the Game Commercial: Wubba lubba dub dub?


HINT: A young Kosmo Kramer scit-scats about his virtual PhD…

In Guess the Game Commercial, we invite you to guess which game is being advertised based solely on a single out-of-context screen grab. The video below will feature the commercial and generally a short sizzle of our own making with the game in question. Scroll no further than the video ONLY if you’re stumped and ready to spoil the answer for yourself…




Dr Mario [1990, NES/Game Boy]


For marketing purposes, Nintendo really went out of their way to find what can only be described as The Coolest Kid in the Goddamned World! Not only does he accurately and succinctly describe the wonderful pharmaceutical puzzler that is Dr. Mario, the kids’ also apparently a doctor with the ability to scat. Fuck! I wish I was Jewish back in the day, so I could send this kid a handwritten letter inviting him to my Bar Mitzvah…


Not even in my rose-tintiest imagination can I believe this advert was capable persuading me Mario was better off donning scrubs in a puzzle game, but I’m glad something did. Even though my iPhone has recently traumatized me out of the entire puzzle genre with deceptively addictive qualities and free-to-play time syncs, I can still handle an occasional grapple with Dr Mario.


In all honesty, Dr. Mario can probably lay claim to some of the best two player experiences I’ve ever had. It’s so goddamned simple to instantly understand, I never had trouble playing it with a kid, my wildly interactively ignorant parents, or a girlfriend, and this is back when ladies were conditioned to hate games and the people who played them (Pre Pokemon. If you don’t know, you weren’t there, man!) In fact, as recently as two years ago, me and a bunch of guys and gals over 30 rocked this game until the morning light during the Christmas Holidays, which has to be an outrageous testament to its greatness, right?


15 thoughts on “Guess the Game Commercial: Wubba lubba dub dub?

    1. “This is Tom Waits for Doctor Mario!”
      When I first heard this on the podcast, I just about died from laughter.

    1. Also, I don’t think dancing behind powerful looking X-ray machines without any protection on, or messing around with pills is anything a commercial should insist that “Kids Try This AT HOME.”

  1. Awesome video Chris. Reminded me of simpler times; trapper keepers, snap bracelets and J.D. Roth (Fun house host.)

  2. I’ve watched this commercial so many times that I could tell what it was just by the screenshot on the article. I will always love that scat.

  3. “Did nobody notice the guy from the Spin Doctors getting electrocuted?”

    Those glasses are a dead giveaway.

  4. As soon as I saw this I thought about the old TDar where Chris played the audio and Brett (I believe anyway) lost his shit at how long the scat goes for, as did I. Awesome stuff

  5. Oh man, most of these might be though for me as I didn’t grow with most USA adds >>;

    It was a fun read nevertheless! really love the energy you got for all of this Chris! keep up the great work!

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