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January 16th, 2009 | EarthBound, Videos

I know this is old by now, but it’s something that deserves to be revisited, just in case anyone is still able to sleep at night.

Behold, the alagamation of a fast food peddler and a universal cosmic destroyer 😯

One of the things I really like about EarthBound is that it’s not entirely what it seems. At first, it seems like a lighthearted game – you’re just some boy who lives in a simple town, the graphics are almost kind of Charlie Brown-ish, and you fight hippies and slugs and stuff. You know, stuff normal kids fight 😛

But as you go along, it gets weirder and weirder, slowly but surely. By the end, everything’s freaky as hell. And that could be taken literally, even! Your souls have been ripped from your body, you’re stuck in a horrible place in the past, with practically no hope of ever returning, and then that’s when the crazy stuff starts happening.

I think the key is in the moods the game can create – if something’s weird, it’s genuinely weird and not just weird to be weird. Same with scary – things in this game are scary, but not cookie-cutter “boo” scary. And maybe not scary to the player right away, but if you imagine yourself in said situation, you’d actually be pissing your pants non-stop. And when there’s evil stuff, it’s not just “ooh, look at me, I killed lots of people, I’m evil!” You’re actually like, “Damn, that guy’s crazy evil.”

And when I see videos like the one above, I realize this all even more. The video’s so awesome because Giygas isn’t your regular boring villain. He’s seriously messed up. The video wouldn’t work at all with Kefka, or Sephiroth, or what have you. It’s crazy too, because you don’t even see or hear about Giygas throughout almost the entire game. But he’s so iconic and different. It’s impressive that Itoi, who isn’t really even a game designer, could come up with something like this.

And that’s why I still want a Giygas plushie that can talk.

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110 Comments to McDonalds + Giygas = OHH CRAP

ChickenHunter said on Jan. 16, 2009

Manly tears my boy

Silver Streak said on Jan. 16, 2009

Oh man, this video is an absolute classic. Just goes to show how much the Mother series has permeated Japanese culture as a whole.

Fobb_Z said on Jan. 16, 2009

Wow now I’m hungry for Mc Donalds!

Crono Breaker said on Jan. 16, 2009

Ronald Mc Giygas!

That video is clasic!, and I admit that it freak me out the first time I saw it.

(well… the normal “ran ru!” video of ronald is scary anyway so..)

shadowdeku said on Jan. 16, 2009

…I feel like I just went on an YouTube-induced acid trip. I’m surprised I haven’t seen that video before.

missy said on Jan. 16, 2009

ha, I love this thing. it won’t give me nightmares, but it’s still creepy.

Alxprit said on Jan. 16, 2009

I decided not to watch it.
I think I will not regret this decision.

Leirin said on Jan. 16, 2009

I saw this ages ago, and it was one of the scariest things I had ever seen.


That statement was in no way joking.

PikachuMan said on Jan. 16, 2009

I now have a case of Angry-Angryism: a case of being obsessed with red.

red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red

Briianz said on Jan. 17, 2009

Why do I get the feeling that if I watch this, I will regret it?

Poe said on Jan. 17, 2009

^ You’ll probably regret it if you’re afraid of clowns. Clowns don’t freak me out, but this video is CREEPY.

There’s something about Giygas that I really love, and I think you hit the nail on the head by saying he’s different from a lot of the cliche villains that are thrown at us in other games. He’s…special.

Bowser said on Jan. 17, 2009

There is a Masked Donald version too!

Difegue said on Jan. 17, 2009

I never watched this video because I was thinkin “ocrap this will give me nightmares”
But now I watched it.
Thanks Mato. 🙁

Hypotenuse Man said on Jan. 17, 2009

I can’t watch this video without having nightmares the next time I sleep.

Master Chicken said on Jan. 17, 2009

Love this video. I love how insane it gets. The facial expressions and the “DAISUKI DAISUKI DAISUKI DAISUKI” along with many other things just make this video…hardcore strange.

Pimpshi said on Jan. 17, 2009

I’ve shown so many people that video. Some know who Giygas is, some don’t, but all are scarred and get Ronald’s cackle stuck in their heads.

I think you’re right about the moods that the game sets — I’ve come to the same conclusion a number of times. I still can’t believe how this game can be hilarious one minute and dead serious the next, and you’re tugged right along with it. There’s something awesome behind Earthbound.

gBev said on Jan. 17, 2009


“Thanks to the magic of Ronald McDonald and fans Deer Hunter, Mother 2/EarthBound did not find its audience.”

Doesn’t it all make sense now?

JB2448 said on Jan. 17, 2009

I feel happy…meals.

Deiphobus said on Jan. 17, 2009

i love this one =D

Aerostella said on Jan. 17, 2009

Ronald McMasked Man is almost as creepy as this. 😀

Smash Bass said on Jan. 17, 2009

Yeah, this video is not a new thing for me… but it is still scary. o_o

I love it. 😀

EmpoleMew said on Jan. 18, 2009

Regarding Ronald McMasked Man, I think we know what was on the Happy Boxes…

EBP said on Jan. 18, 2009

i love that video!

Masheysoup23 said on Jan. 18, 2009

I think I just wet my pants….

mrsaturn95 said on Jan. 18, 2009

Why are there so many McDonalds songs like this one? I’ve seen at least five videos using this commercial.

Q said on Jan. 19, 2009

@mrsaturn95: You may as well ask why there are so many videos involving The Faces of Evil for the CD-I. It’s a meme, daahling, go with it.

BeezoWeldar said on Jan. 19, 2009

Oh, I remember this video!
I showed it to all my friends, and only one of them liked it.
I think it’s funny as heck.

millhouse said on Jan. 22, 2009

I love this video. It’s an absolute classic, but no matter how often I see it, I can’t look away.

noticed that “daisuki daisuki daisuki…”? daisuki means love. WAY more creepy now, right?

Nameless Friend said on Jan. 23, 2009

Oh, I remember this! i discovered this two years ago! This is the scariest thing to ever grace youtube. RAN RAN RUUU!

Before the soup gets cold, we must care for Ronald, before the knife gets rusty, we must care for Ronald…

“If you stay here too long, you’ll end up frying your brain. Yes, you will. No, you will…not. Yesno, you will won’t.”

Phil L said on Jan. 23, 2009

. . . . . . . . . .

I can’t stop laughing… but I think it’s out of absolute fear for my soul.

Dr Shlub said on Jan. 24, 2009

Japanese mcdonalds is so crazay

Anonymous said on Jan. 24, 2009

You should be smacked with a newspaper for implying Kefka is a “regular boring villain”.

Nosekidk said on Jan. 24, 2009

This always scared me…

Mr. Jupiter said on Jan. 25, 2009

That was effing terrifying.

Phones said on Jan. 28, 2009

I just always laugh when I see this. It’s great.

SplatterHammer said on Jan. 29, 2009

I have to watch this every time I go to Youtube since I first saw it.

TheFlint said on Jan. 31, 2009

And I thought that Giygas was creepy O_O

sparksX said on Feb. 1, 2009

…XD thats funisn´t there a McGiygas pic? great idea lol

Slagy said on Feb. 1, 2009

That is probably an accurate depiction of what Ness’s gang was hearing during the Giygas battle: Distorted voices yelling different phrases all at the same time, like “Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness…” and “It hurts…It hurts…” along with the eerie noises(after the first form, it couldn’t even be considered music anymore).

fuuuuuuuuuuuu said on Feb. 2, 2009

kefka? pussy.
sephiroth? more like one-winged ONEHOURSUMMONOHMYGODTHISISSOGAY.
giygas is the (THE!) boss battle that still terrifies and amazes me everytime. i come for earthbound’s witty script, sharp soundtrack and fantastic story, i keep playing just so i can experience that one moment when the game itself seems to be tearing apart at the seams.

Iz_wantz_cheeseburger said on Feb. 3, 2009

McDonald is Michael Jackson.
So yes I’m gonna have nightmares.

kmeisthax said on Feb. 3, 2009

And you will be… just another Happy Meal to him!

universalperson said on Feb. 4, 2009

It’s all FLandre Scarlet of Touhou’s fault. Someone did a vidoe of ROnald to her theme “UN Owen was her?” and somehow it migrated to Giygas.

Also, I don’t really like villians who don’t taunt their heroes or are mindless monsters. Kefka is better because he’s NUTS!

Mushrooman said on Feb. 5, 2009


gasp said on Feb. 5, 2009

o great. you just killed me. thanks a lot.

XX Stone said on Feb. 6, 2009

…Who in the world decided to turn Ronald McDonald into Giygas? O_o

kn said on Feb. 8, 2009

1. how in the world did i miss seeing this the first time this is incredible

2. O_O
This will more than likely cause me to have a deep-seated fear of clowns at a later date.

Simpleton said on Feb. 11, 2009

You cannot grasp Ronald McGiygas’s attack!

Simpleton couldn’t stop crying!
Simpleton felt a little strange…
Simpleton’s body solidified!
Simpleton could move again!
Simpleton felt numb!
Simpleton felt nauseous…
Simpleton got 294690245 HP mortal damage!

Simpleton got hurt and collapsed.
Simpleton lost the battle…

nintendo_1111 said on Feb. 12, 2009

All i can say is O_o

CruxianAzelf said on Feb. 13, 2009

A Giygas plushie?
I want a Giygas scarf, myself, being all drapy and light and whatnot.
That’d be cool.

Going back on subject, I found this quite amusing.
Whoever had the idea to merge such things must be insane! P:

Vesper said on Feb. 14, 2009

Okey, that was scarier the Giygas. ;_;

Belasted said on Feb. 16, 2009

This is my first time seeing this. Can someone clarify for me whether or not this was an actual TV commercial? Where can I learn more? ~~~~

Aidan said on Feb. 17, 2009

Aidan is scared of big ol’ meanie Giygas.

BSX said on Feb. 24, 2009

It ate my soul.

Hejiru said on Feb. 24, 2009

I hid under the bed. Then my lamp attacked me.

Hejiru said on Mar. 2, 2009

These 2 posts combined = I smell a McDonald conspiracy:


EBCentralman said on Apr. 7, 2009

NessNessNessNessNessNessNessNessNessNessNessNessNessNessNessNessNess! I’m l.o….v……i…n..g i….t! Mcgiygas’s attack was unexplicable! 486 damage to Ness! 552 damage to Paula! Jeff’s eyes exploded! Jeff took 325 damage! Poo tried PSI Starstorm Omega on Mcgiygas! Mcgiygas’s shield reflected the attack! Poo took 1634 damage! Ness,Paula,Jeff,and Poo all collapsed and lost the battle! Mcgiygas:HaHaHaHaHa I’m Loving it!

Timman97 said on Apr. 20, 2009

Ness took over 9000 damage from McGiygas
Ness fantid
Paula was stuffed with burgers and calorie stickes
Paula was unable to move
Jeff ordered a 10-piece chcken Mcnugget with fries
5 damage to Ronald McGiygas
Poo fled to the bathroom because of dierea
Poo fantied

Timman97 said on Apr. 20, 2009

Timman97 and Ninten arived and filled the slots of Ness and Poo.

Ronald: I feel Ha..p..p.y (meals)

the form of McGiygas’s burgers were (insert word from battle here)
Timman97’s awsomeness badge reflected the attack
1 dammage to Ronald
Paula ate the attack O_O
Jeff’s meal protected him
Ninten’s Franklen badge ate a McDonalds resturant and barfed it at the attack

Timman97 said on Apr. 20, 2009

Timman97 threw a morshu-brand BOMB at McGiygas Over hiss sheald
OVER 9000!!!!!!!!!!!1111one11!!!!!
damage to McGiygas
Paula Ate Ninten’s Magic Orcarina 0_0
Jeff ate his fries
500 power bost to Jeff
Ninten Sang the song

*take a melody*
*simple as can be*
*give it some words and*
*sweet Harmony*

Timman97 said on Apr. 20, 2009

*raise your voices*
*all day long now love grows strong now*
*sing a melody of love*
*oh love*

Giugue of the past appeared
Giegue: shut up itiot thats the wrong alien your singing to!!!!!

GieGue disapeared

Ronald McGiygas’ soul died

Ronald McGiygas Fantied


everyone gained useless experiance.

Timman97 said on Apr. 20, 2009

Timman97 learned PSI Nitro beam _( )_

someone not important said on Apr. 24, 2009

My little brother thinks this is hilarious, but I think it’s disturbing. He’s 10, and I’m 13…

FuzzyPicklez said on May. 2, 2009

If anything, this shows how much “Porky” is in Ronald McDonald. Add that to the fact that he’s singing “Pokey Means Business!”

MegazeroX said on May. 4, 2009

………….who made this………(heart attack)

ThisAintJeff said on May. 14, 2009

is it normal that this gives me nightmares? and is this why i got a moldy chicken sandwhich from McDonalds?

Artillery said on May. 26, 2009

You know the first time I watched this I woke up with blood on my hands the next morning

Ice Sage said on Jun. 16, 2009

It’s the faces during 0:20-0:25 that are creeping me out to extremes. I don’t know whether I want to laugh or freak out. God I hate clowns.

Timman97 said on Jun. 16, 2009

I look at this at 0:20 and think

WTF clown on drugs!!!!!!!!!!!!1

AEther said on Jun. 29, 2009

So addictive…

Joshua Johnson said on Jul. 4, 2009

This makes me want to shoot ronald mcdonald.

*Cocks gun* well see who is the boss of these mcdonalds commercials

Anonymous said on Jul. 6, 2009

At one point it sounds like he is saying HE DIES HE DIES HE DIES. 0_o

Jeagle101 said on Jul. 23, 2009


Lost Hero said on Sep. 26, 2009

Ronald McDonald as he was meant to be seen.

Ninji said on Nov. 20, 2009

I have been scarred for life, thanks a lot Mato…*shudders* *Ninji fainted from fear!*

ghostgirl21696 said on Dec. 14, 2009

I think even my cat got scared of this video.

aipe said on Jan. 4, 2010

The mind rape… it burns… ;.;

Lol said on Jan. 18, 2010

I don’t get it….
it doesn’t scare me… but why does mcdonald
interfere with earthbound………… ;(

Anonymous said on Jan. 18, 2010


the hippie named kaho said on Jan. 31, 2010


Tetra said on Feb. 8, 2010


UndefinedPersona said on Feb. 17, 2010

Ahh… I remember this. Hell, anyone who has seen this video at least once probably remembers it. And I see that the comments this post is attracting are along the same lines as the comments on the YouTube video… so I guess other people have seen this video before, too.

Waterwing said on Feb. 20, 2010

I thought the intro part was funny then al off a sudden BAM japaniese Ronald Mcdonald starts acting like Giygas. This just made my fear of clowns kinda worse. And Kefka’s just insane and funny at the same time while Sephiroth he doesnt creep me out let alone to me he’s annoying. Anyways Im gonna be screaming to the top of my lungs tonight or most likely not but still messed up! O________O

Kyoo said on Mar. 11, 2010

I prefer the black and red version of this it has more of the giygas feel to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9_7LCYH-RQ

plus than made ronarudo sound more evil

Andy said on Mar. 13, 2010

My friend watched this and he liked it, he thought it was funny even…

Mr. Saturn said on Apr. 7, 2010

When I first saw this, I was looking away when he does that weird smile early in the video, and I looked towards it. I fainted.

blahblah said on May. 8, 2010

how is this creepy?

Gon said on May. 8, 2010

This is…well…damn.

Ultrapyre said on May. 19, 2010

I still recall someone that hacked a ROM to accompany this video. But maybe I won’t post the link. After all, you can’t blow out someone’s eyes out a second time! 😀

motherman said on Jun. 27, 2010

this is just plain stupid… >n<

anonymous said on Jun. 29, 2010

okay, i was scared to watch this for a year because i watched the first two seconds and they haunted me for weeks, but now i actually see it, i’m like, “what the hell, this is all i was afraid of?”

Omnomnominous said on Jul. 14, 2010

…Now I can’t hear ‘Pokey Means Business'(
or whatever that song is called) without automatically thinking of Ronald McDonald…>_<

ADL said on Jul. 15, 2010

I know I should be scared of this…and maybe I will be in a few hours time, but this made me laugh. I laughed so hard that I started crying, I’ve only just stopped now.

Gyigg said on Aug. 6, 2010

I always wondered why Belch was a pile of barth..

Link the SwordMage said on Nov. 9, 2010

Oh boy, this is one of the things that doesn’t scare me at first but, will give me horribly strange dreams.

anon said on Jan. 7, 2011

This made me laugh so much that its on my ipod.
I never found earthbound a scarry game at all though, Then agan I find horror movies funny, But mother 3 was one of them games I could not stop crying

Matteomax said on Feb. 20, 2011

Ronald Mc Giygas suddenley attacked! You cannot grasp the true form of Ronald Mc Giygas’s attack! Ness became fat! Lol..

Floridian said on Feb. 25, 2011

Paula’s Big Mac
was absorbed
by the darkness.

DBlue said on Mar. 10, 2011

I got a chill running through my spine now.

Ben10fan900 said on Mar. 13, 2011

The Picture link Has ness after a G…O…O…D… meal and the Mcdonalds logo.
The Ronald Mc donald from america is not scary, at least.

maskedsaturn said on Apr. 9, 2011


Doruchan said on May. 13, 2011

The vote “I just died” Has 666 votes now 0.0

angryreimu said on Jul. 9, 2011

w..e…l..c..o..m..e t..o m..c..d..o..n..a..s* * a inside joke among my friends involving Mcdonalds.

NatX2 said on Sep. 5, 2011

0_0 What the carp did I just watch?

Ace of Technology said on Mar. 2, 2012

Watch this on halloween when there is no moon, its thuderstorming, and it is two in the freakin morning. I did that five year ago. That night I slept with a baseball bat right next to my bed in Mcgiygas or giygas was real. This is scary crap.

Mikeja78 said on May. 11, 2012

This was funny and scary at the same time. It was shocking and left me laughing, and also scared.

BusterTheFox said on May. 24, 2012

I just thought it was funny. :O

jinxkatty7 said on Jul. 16, 2012

as the video went on it got freakier and freakier… At first I thought ” What am I watching?!” Then it went to “Umm. I think I’ll turn down my headphones now… <:(" Eventually I was just forcing myself to watch that.

MotherFan said on Sep. 24, 2012

No as if I’d pick that :pick’s I just died:

Lucas said on Feb. 7, 2014

I always wanted to make Giygas eating sausages with ketchup during breakfast,but it’s too difficult to me.


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