Nintendo 1-2 Switch Commercial Actor in Japan is Also Professor Layton! Yo Oizumi Japanese Voiceover (more below)
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A lot of people say that Japan has some of the best commercials. With most of them being crazy or funny. I think that's true at first but once you learn Japanese, and understand what they're talking about, that kind of goes away. A lot of people also say Japan makes the best games. There's no denying that some of the best selling and most acclaimed titles came from Japan. Some require that you learn Japanese just to play them! But then there's Japanese game commercials. Some are cute, some are funny and some just get right to the point. You only have 30 seconds anyway right?
One campaign I noticed recently was for the Nintendo Switch. Since its goal is to promote a new piece of hardware and some new types of play, they can't really go too overboard on the silliness. I'll definitely say that the Japanese ads were much better that the ones in The West. To me they have the feel of one of those instruction videos on flight safety.
The star of these ads in Japan is Yo Oizumi. If you live outside Japan then that name might mean nothing to you, but he's a pretty big name over here. It's kind of like when you see this... it's not just any old schmoe they picked up off the street.
Yo Oizumi was born in Hokkaido, that's the northernmost of Japan's 4 main islands. And he got his start 20 years ago on a local TV show in Hokkaido called Suiyo Doudesho? (水曜どうでしょう？) in English, "how's your Wednesday?" He's done a lot of commercials and other TV shows since then, but what really makes it weird to see this actor in a Nintendo commercial is that Yo Oizumi is also the voice of Professor Layton! At least in Japan...
That's right! He's been The voice of Professor Layton for each game, the feature film and even dressed in full costume to promote Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, in 2007
Though there are a lot of strange and funny commercials from Japan, for video games or otherwise, at least take comfort in knowing that in this case, Nintendo remembers their history and went with someone with deep ties to gaming, whether you knew it or not
Music from : Best of No Copyright Sounds | December 2015 | Anime Japan Mix | colate remix works by Nightcore X Music and Professor Layton & The Curious Village Soundtrack - Layton's Theme
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