This is a collection of random ads I've run across in publications that I don't mind cutting-up. There's no real theme other than they'll all from the 16-bit era. This is by no means intended to be a thorough collection and it's something I'll (slowly) add to over time so please check back in a while.
The higher energy video game system
Another puzzling ad - "The difference between the new TurboGrafx-16 and other video game systems is all in your head." Did whoever wrote that ever consider how incredibly negative it sounds? Yeah, I was totally going to buy a TurboGrafx-16 but then this exploding head ad told me I was only hallucinating when I thought it looked great.
Street Fighter II Special Champion Edition
This is one of the earliest ads to include a web site URL - http://segaoa.com/. This domain is no longer owned by Sega but does look like something created in 1995.
The Death and Return of Superman
I included this only to talk about my memories of all the nerd hype around the death of Superman comic.
I don't read comic books myself but I worked in a video game store in a mall with comic book shop when it all went down.
All my recollections are based on what I overheard, here's the deal:
Whoever it is that publishes Superman was planning to kill off the character. The edition where he died was going to be some massively collectible thing even though it would be the highest selling single comic ever making it about as collectible as a Big Mac. Even though he was dying they were still publishing the comic which should have been a pretty good indication that he wasn't really dead and this was all hype. At some point four, or possibly more, dudes emerged all claiming to be Superman. One, or possibly none, of them actually were Superman.
Mario is Missing
Alright, I saved the worst for last. I'm not talking about Mario is Missing, which is a bad game, or the preposterous claim that this is "Mario's Greatest Adventure Yet!" Nope, I'm talking about the quality of this scan. It was a multi-page ad that spanned the last page and back cover so it's two different textures. The end result looks pretty bad.