New 'Super Meat Boy' Trailer Is From The '90s, Hurts My Brain

Super Meat Boy

In case you didn't hear me the first time, "Super Meat Boy," which launches on XBLA on October 20 for $15, is really effing good. Unfortunately the vast majority of the planet will have to wait until the 20th to see how good it is for themselves, but Team Meat decided to whet 2D platforming appetites out there with a new trailer for the game. Well, it's not really a trailer, it's more like a commercial. From 1991. Behold:

As you can see, it's a pretty faithful representation of gaming commercials from the early '90s, complete with VHS static, a screaming announcer, and peoples heads exploding in awesomeness.

It's so accurate, in fact, that it makes "Super Meat Boy" look way crappier than it actually does. The real game is rather beautiful, but when you lower the resolution to Super VGA levels, the whole thing looks a heck of a lot like a Turbo Grafix game, which I guess was the point of the trailer. It says a lot about a developer when they're willing to make their game look crappier just for the sake of authenticity.

As a means of comparison, watch the above commercial and then watch this HD trailer. The difference is dramatic, but the HD trailer doesn't actually feature any screaming or exploding heads, so six and one-half, I suppose.

This isn't the first retro-style trailer. Remember Capcom's first "Mega Man Universe" teaser? Yep, it seems that everyone's getting all nostalgic when it comes to promoting their games. Now we just need to did that screaming Sega guy out of retirement and we're good to go!