Let us count the errors in this old promotional image for Nintendo.
1. The NES console pictured is not hooked up to the television.
2. The television, however, is indeed displaying Super Mario Bros. Why use an off-screen unit, and not the one in the ad, for gameplay?
3. There is a Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt cartridge on the table. Clearly this is to show it off, and make it clear what game is being played. And, perhaps, there is even another copy inside the console shown (not to mention the one in the off-screen console actually playing). But, really, what kid or family just keeps a second copy of SMB/DH handy on full display?
4. Those outfits. Ghastly.
5. Are the controllers even plugged in? My theory: Their cords just go down to the floor, while a couple others are in the console and are hanging out somewhere beneath the table. Seriously, look at Yellow Shirt Kid’s controller. That thing is an outcast, on the peripheral, far from actually being used.
6. The NES console pictured has no power supply.
7. Super Mario Bros is a one-player game. Why are both kids holding their controllers so intently? They are ludicrously focused.
8. Power button on the NES is not pushed in. You can also tell because the red light is not on.
9. Look carefully at the screen: Whoever is playing really sucks at Super Mario Bros, because they are jumping backwards. They were making forward progress just fine, but decided, “Hey, let’s switch things up a bit and start traveling left, into the border of the screen. You know, just for kicks. This is a fine-looking pit to leap into…”