Remember going to Pizza Hut as a kid? The glorious aroma of pizza enveloped you as you were led to a classic red booth decked out in a red and white checkered tablecloth under the cozy glow of a stained-glass Tiffany-style lamp. You’d score some quarters to play an arcade game as you waited for your Personal Pan Pizza®, served hot in a cast iron skillet. Life was good.
Pizza Hut serves up ‘Newstalgia’ campaign celebrating what fans know and love about the pizza restaurant, but with a contemporary twist. Bringing the campaign to life, the brand unveils a limited-edition PAC-MAN box featuring an augmented reality game and a chance to win a custom PAC-MAN game cabinet.
Pizza Hut is bringing back all the nostalgic feels to customers with a new brand campaign that captures the concept of “Newstalgia.” The campaign puts a contemporary twist on celebrating all the things people love and associate with the brand – from Book It!® pins, classic arcade games, red cups and Tiffany-style lamps and of course, iconic Pizza Hut pizzas.
To help launch the campaign, Pizza Hut teamed up with new spokesperson, Craig Robinson, for a TV spot featuring the actor/comedian playing a retro PAC-MAN game while enjoying a $10 Tastemaker™ pizza. In a modern twist, Pizza Hut has partnered with PAC-MAN to offer a limited-edition PAC-MAN box, featuring an augmented reality version of the iconic game printed directly on the packaging that fans can play using their smartphones.
Beginning today, fans who play the AR PAC-MAN game can enter for a chance to win their very own custom Arcade1Up PAC-MAN game cabinet. Here’s how it works:
Order a large pizza from Pizza Hut. Scan the QR code on limited-edition PAC-MAN box and play the awesome AR PAC-MAN game. Then, to enter the sweepstakes, follow the on-screen prompts to share your score with @PizzaHut on Twitter using #PizzaHutARcade #Sweepstakes. The best part? You don’t need to be a PAC-MAN wiz to win! No matter your high score, as long as you share it, you have a chance to win. Limited-edition PAC-MAN box available while supplies last. For additional information, restrictions, and full Official Rules, visit here.1
On April 3, Pizza Hut will randomly select one lucky winner from all eligible entries properly submitted to receive the custom PAC-MAN arcade game cabinet for their home.
“PAC-MAN’s design and creation was inspired by the shape of a pizza with a slice taken out of it, making this partnership so appropriate for the PAC-MAN brand,” said Yutaka Fuse, Head of Licensing and Branding at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. “PAC-MAN games and Pizza Hut pizzas occupy a special place in many people’s memories; we’re excited to have the opportunity to create fun memories for a new generation of PAC-MAN and Pizza Hut fans through this collaboration.”
The Ultimate Pizza Lover
To kick off the campaign, Pizza Hut joined forces with actor and comedian, Craig Robinson. Robinson will be the face of Pizza Hut, and the campaign for the rest of the year. He can be seen embodying that ‘kid at heart’ and ultimate pizza lover in the new TV spot “Dots,” as he enjoys a $10 Tastemaker pizza while playing a vintage PAC-MAN tabletop game – just like the old days dining in at Pizza Hut.
“Everyone has their own special Pizza Hut memory – from being a BOOK IT! kid or grabbing post-game pizza with your little league buddies,” Robinson said. “Growing up in the 80s, mine was going into Pizza Hut and devouring those little PAC-MAN dots just like I did my pizza. Those arcade games in the restaurant – there was nothing better as a kid.”
“There aren’t many brands with more iconic elements than us, whether it’s the red cups, checkered tablecloths, connection to pop culture and entertainment – like PAC-MAN – or our iconic Pan Pizza,” said George Felix, Chief Marketing Officer, Pizza Hut. “As we look to connect with a new generation of pizza lovers, we are tapping into those things that make Pizza Hut great in a modern and relevant way.”
The PAC-MAN box, AR game and TV spot are just the beginning. Throughout the year, Pizza Hut will be fueling pizza lovers with new innovation, bringing back iconic pizzas and tapping into entertainment and pop culture in new and unexpected ways.