Random: Wario really wants you to shop at TESCO 2009
If you turn your mind back to the mid-2000s, you’ll remember that WarioWare The series has only just begun to take off, with the launch of WarioWare Inc: Mega Microgame $! in 2003, created a huge buzz on the GBA. The previous titles in the series didn’t have a lot of voiceover features and had to go to the 3DS entry WarioWare Gold In 2018, we started hearing Wario’s own quiet tunes.
Well, it turns out that almost a decade ago, it was Charles Marinet who completed a pretty significant advertising deal for WarioWare DIY on the Nintendo DS in 2009. You might remember the ad itself if you’re in the UK, but it basically features Wario’s voiceover describing the game itself, before urging customers to go to TESCO, a very special British supermarket chain. You can check out the footage and accompanying voiceover work in the video above.
This information has been verified by Youtuber Squishy Pixelz and shared with The game is reinvented. Squishy personally contacted Mr. Martinet via email and the famous voice actor confirmed that, yes, it was he who actually voiced the TESCO commercial.
Seems odd for a Nintendo protagonist to advertise for a third-party company, doesn’t it? This is unlikely to happen again as Nintendo ramps up their own online stores, but it’s still a fun little return to simpler times!
Let us know if you remember this particular ad. If you’re out of the UK and this is your first time seeing it, please share your thoughts!