Release Date: July 29th, 2022

This video is special because it was written by someone outside of the Gaming Historian family – a first for the series! A few months ago, I decided I wanted to add additional writers to the show. I thought it would not only allow for more content but also give some recognition to some very talented video game historians who may not have a platform to display their work.

Ethan Johnson immediately came to mind when I was thinking of potential writers. He has helped me a few times before with research for a couple of videos. Ethan pitched me quite a few ideas, but this one stood out as a good one to start. I thought people would find the topic very interesting. It was a lot of fun to work with someone new on a project, and I think it turned out great! I think my favorite bit of information was the fact that Mario was advertising Atari and Nintendo products at the same time. Mama-mia!


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