Nintendo ripoffs are not rare in this day and age. You’ve got mobile apps cashing in on their characters. Kickstarter projects by people trying to remake something they don’t own. The infamous repro scene where various people’s work gets stolen, burned onto a cartridge and sold for about 200 dollars apiece.
But there tends to be a pattern there. Namely, most of the ripoffs are by individuals and small companies who either don’t know better, or don’t care much about whether anyone else actually owns anything. Why? Because the likes of Disney have lawyers saying that taking other people’s property might not be the best idea in the world.
That doesn’t seem to be the case with this Argentinian TV company thought! Oh no, the May promotional video for Adelanto – Ultimatum uses the Super Mario Bros 2 theme song in the background! No, they probably don’t have permission to use it. Here’s a video showing the song in action, courtesy of TV Pública Argentina:
As you can hear, it’s pretty obviously the Super Mario Bros 2 athletic theme. I mean, there’s no denying this one, it’s that song. What’s stranger here is that the show has absolutely nothing to do with Mario, Nintendo or gaming in general. So why pick that song to advertise it? It’s not like Nintendo are going to be very happy when they find out. And as a choice… well, there are much better ones out there.
Either way, this has to be the most laughable attempt at ripping off Nintendo’s work that I’ve seen yet. It’s literally like if someone used the Legend of Zelda theme to advertise Coronation Street or the likes!
But what do you think? Is it hilarious how this commercial so blatantly reuses a song from Super Mario Bros 2?