Frogger's Rise To The Top
By | February 19, 2022
When it comes to nostalgic video games, few pixelated pastimes can touch the popularity and shelf life of Frogger. The quintessential arcade game became so popular that the Parker Brothers earmarked more money for its marketing budget than the Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back movie! Amusingly, Frogger developer Akira Hashimoto found the idea for the game while actually sitting in traffic. Supposedly, at that exact moment, a real-life frog attempted to cross the road. Once he assisted the inspirational fellow, he got to work on one of the all-time classics.
Frogger even received a dedicated storyline on Seinfeld, earned multiple renditions on platform after platform, and even technically paved the way for many of the video games we see today. Here’s the unlikely story of a frog trying to cross the road.
A Massive Hit
In 1981, Parker Brothers expected big things from the pixelated amphibian attempting to cross traffic. The company put aside $10 million for hopping frog and the video game adaption of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
In comparison, the movie only received $6 million for its marketing budget! Frogger sold three million in short order becoming a massive sensation overnight. Over the following years, the game sold over 20 million copies worldwide, cementing video games’ oversized place in our lives.
In a hat tip to the game’s incredible shelf life, notorious professional gamer Billy Mitchell held a Frogger competition, offering $10,000 to the first person who could score one million points. Too bad George Costanza wasn’t around for that.