Cowboy Jed

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Cowboy Jed showing off Bowser's "squidded" Flame Flyer.

“Get behind the wheel!”
Cowboy Jed, Second Mario Kart Wii TV Spot

Cowboy Jed can be described as an advertising mascot for Mario Kart Wii. Despite never appearing in-game, he appears in all three of the game's American commercials.

Jed is constantly found at "the Mario Kart Emporium," apparently a sort of kart rental or sales store that he owns; the commercials themselves are intended as parodies of those for car dealerships.[1] He always introduces himself with "Yee-haw! Howdy! It's me, Cowboy Jed! Come on down to the Mario Kart Emporium!" before moving on to promoting the game. In one commercial, he simply describes gameplay, using his son Jed Junior to prove its enjoyability. In another, he talks of the game's multi-player modes, showing a love of footage. He demonstrates karts in a third (online-only), telling status ailments along the way. Nintendo themselves have released some unused clips for the commercial, perhaps as another way to advertise the game; in these unreleased commercials, Jed Junior would have made continued appearances, and Cowboy Jed himself would be portrayed as more of a cowboy or farmer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Caoili, E. (April 22, 2008). Engadget. "Mario Kart ditches 'Wii would like to play' for Cowboy Jed". Retrieved May 14, 2008.