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PaRappa the Rapper
Attachment In the "Funny Love" cutscene before the final level of PaRappa the Rapper, Club Fun is situated next to a radio repair shop that has official Sony certification, marking one of the rare instances where a non-entertainment branch of Sony has been referenced in a PlayStation title.
Also Appears On: Sony Computer Entertainment (Company)
Attachment There exists 3 versions of Tapper

•The original version with Budweiser branding
•The censored "Root Beer Tapper" version, which swaps beer for root beer and changes Tapper from a bartender to a soda jerk
•The Japanese release that replaces Budweiser with Japanese alcohol brand Suntory

The Suntory version of the game also carries over minor graphical improvements from the Root Beer version of the game.
Attachment In 1982, 7 Up licensed out Pac-Man for a commercial, depicting the game's yellow hero turning red like the 7 Up spot and consuming both 7 Up and its lemon and lime ingredients after being made thirsty by pizza. Mistakenly, the opening of the commercial depicts Pinky (or Speedy) as being orange and, as a result, identical to Clyde, as well as Pac-Man being misnamed "Pacman"; while the ending of the commercial shows Inky, two Blinkies, and a green ghost resembling Funky from Pac-Mania, which would not be released for another 5 years.
Also Appears On: 7 Up (Franchise)
Alex Kidd: High-Tech World
Alex Kidd: High-Tech World revolves around Alex going to a new Sega arcade called "High-Tech World", which seems to be a strange and arguably counter-intuitive product placement for Sega's Hi-Tech Land arcades that only existed in Japan and have a slightly different name from the one given in the game. The game was originally released in Japan as Anmitsu Hime, and revolved around finding a cake shop instead of an arcade, meaning that the audience that could actually have a Hi-Tech Land in close proximity would not be able to play the game under normal means.
Contributed by Rocko & Heffer on November 19, 2023
The Sega Retro article for Hi-Tech Land (https://segaretro.org/Hi-Tech_Land_Sega) claims the name to have originated after High Tech World's release in 1989, but the wiki itself has two contradicting pieces of evidence:

1990 flyer showing a listing for a Hi-Tech Land arcade that opened in 1978 (page 5):

A photograph of a Hi-Tech Land in Sapporo, Japan, dated to 1987, with the name visible:

Longplay of Alex Kidd: High-Tech World:

Longplay of Anmitsu Hime:
Biker Mice From Mars
Attachment The European version of Biker Mice from Mars has a sponsorship with Mars, Inc. promoting Snickers. This product placement is to a much greater extent than most other product placements in games not specifically themed around brands. Alongside the standard in-map advertising, all character portraits have been redrawn to show characters eating Snickers, Snickers replaces bike armor as a stat customization option, the invincibility power up was changed from a Mario Kart-style star to Snickers, and a Street Fighter II-style quote screen has been added before the results screen with a homogenized Snickers-themed quote shared between all characters:

"Even winners need something to satisfy their hunger!"
Vib-Ribbon was conceived after Mercedes-Benz contacted Sony to make a game to market their A-Class car to a younger audience. After the A-Class car failed the elk test, the game was redesigned with a new character in place of the car.
Franchise: Yakuza
Starting from Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, most games in the Yakuza franchise have featured destructible environmental objects, even extending to stores and businesses. However, real-life businesses like Yoshinoya that were put into the series have never been able to be destroyed in-game even when fictional stores are breakable. You also cannot enter a real-life store when in combat, and any aggroed enemies that chase after you will suddenly no longer want to fight you should you enter a real-life store in the game.
Wally Bear and the NO! Gang
The subway train level of Wally Bear and the NO! Gang contains advertisements for Shockwave and Crossbow, two other unlicensed games by American Game Cartridges - it should be noted that Crossbow's NES version was never released.
Also Appears On: Crossbow (Game), Shockwave (Game)
Contributed by Rocko & Heffer on November 2, 2023
Dog's Life
Attachment In the Japanese and original European versions of Dog's Life, there is product placement for Pedigree dog food. In the US, this was swapped for a fictional brand, Chow Chow.
Neopets Browser
Neopets' former CEO Dough Dohring was an avid Scientologist, and used L. Ron Hubbard's "Org Board" method for running the business. Neopets founders Adam and Donna Powell were unaware of Dohring's ties to the cult when signing on to allow him to run the company, and it supposedly did not affect the inner workings of the company, though most of the employees were Scientologists and Dohring would often propose implementing Scientology education into the website. Williams would claim of the ownership in a 2014 Reddit AMA:

"Yes. Although we were not aware of it at first as we were totally naive.

Basically the first group of investors (who were the guys that had spare office space in Glendale as their automotive firm was being downsized) were scientologists.

When we realised it was a bit of a shock. Somewhat awkward moment when you realise you started the biggest entertainment site visited by millions of children and teens, but the upper management you just signed the company over to are part of some weird religion that is banned in some countries...

The company was structured like a scientology org. It didnt really change anything that I noticed apart from some odd test that interviewees had to take consisting of questions like which straight line seemed friendlier and stuff like that. We also had a lot of obscure celebrities coming round the office for tours.

At one time there was some talk about putting scientology education on the site, but we killed that idea pretty sharpish.

Adam and I made sure that it never made its way onto anything site related. Religion and politics were two big no nos for us as far as site content went. Can't say the discussions we had to keep it that way were much fun though!"

Dohring would leave Neopets after it was acquired by Viacom in 2005.
Also Appears On: Neopets (Franchise), Neopets (Company)
Attachment Throughout the Super Monkey Ball franchise, SEGA has partnered with DOLE to promote healthy eating and DOLE fruit in their games, and promote their games by featuring AiAi on banana stickers. Later in 2010 a similar partnership was created between SEGA and Chiquita to promote the Wii's Super Monkey Ball titles such as Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll. There was also a Sweepstakes in which the grand prize was A 50" Flat Screen, A large sofa, four gaming chairs, a copy of Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll, a Wii balance board, Wii Fit plus and various other Wii oriented prizes.
PaRappa the Rapper 2
In Japan, McDonald's once sold demo discs of PaRappa the Rapper 2 and Ape Escape 2001 to promote the games in Japan. The PaRappa demo reskinned the Toasty Buns stage to take place in a McDonald's, while the Ape Escape demo included the first 2 and a half stages, added McDonald's buildings and blimps to the level backgrounds, and added McDonald's food as collectible items - it also included a bonus video of Japanese celebrity Papaya Suzuki exploring New York with a man in a Pipo Monkey mascot costume.
Also Appears On: McDonald's Original: Happy Disc (Game), Pipo Saru 2001 (Game)
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