This article was published on November 4, 2016

Check out this hilarious comparison of Japanese and American commercials

Juan Buis
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Juan Buis is TNW's Digital Culture Reporter, and you should click here. Juan Buis is TNW's Digital Culture Reporter, and you should click here.


Whether you’re aware of it or not, Japan has had an influence on your life. Ever played a video game? Caught yourself a Pokémon? Own something made by Sony? Yep, Japan. The country’s culture has been extremely influential for the last few decades.

While the Western world loves Japanese things, the cultures remain very different. When popular anime movies like Spirited Away are released in the US, the script is changed and parts of it are cut to make more sense to a foreign audience.

In this video, YouTuber videogamedunkey takes a closer look at the often hilarious differences between Japanese and American video game commercials.

By comparing the commercials from both countries for games like Donkey Kong Country it becomes clear Japan uses a lot more screaming, explosions and cute animals in its ads. Stay for the end, where a baby fighting game steals the show.

Down for some more high-octane commercials? Check out JPCMHD on YouTube, which posts weekly compilations of Japanese commercials to keep you sane.

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