I don’t know about you guys, but I grew up in a household where sugary cereals were strictly verboten*. Nutri-Grain and other raisin-laden cereals were par for the course, and Honey Nut Cheerios were about as wild as we got. Tragically, I did not even taste a Lucky Charm until I was in high school, and it was at a friend’s house–and I wasn’t even guilty about it, mom.
So this video hits me right in the nostalgic center of my alimentary canal, but only because the Nintendo Cereal System was something that I desperately wanted to eat. Alas, I never did get to power up my balanced breakfast with froot-flavored Koopa Troopas–but who needed that when you had bowl after bowl of Product 19, right?
Along with the short-lived Nerds cereal (with its special two-sided bowl), the Nintendo Cereal System was truly a white whale of my childhood. Maybe in today’s era of retro-snack revivals, somebody will bring one or both of these ridiculous food items back to a supermarket shelf near you. Until then, at least we have this video of a guy somehow not dying while eating chemically fortified puffed corn from the George Herbert Walker Bush administration.