5 Gaming Mascots That Time Forgot

Gaming Mascots - Blinx
Gaming Mascots - Blinx

Mascots aren’t quite the superstars they once were (at least, outside of Japan). Sure, there are some all-time greats that are still riding high – Mario, Sonic, Crash, and Spyro have all stood the test of time, gracing multiple hardware generations with their esteemed presence.

Sony’s intergalactic duo Ratchet & Clank recently leapt back into the limelight with the announcement of a new game as part of the huge PS5 lineup, proving that there is still a hunger for a good mascot platformer. But what about the mascots that didn’t make the hall of fame? These also-rans might have fallen from fame, but they’ll always have a special place in our hearts.

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Mascots aren’t quite the superstars they once were (at least, outside of Japan). Sure, there are some all-time greats that are still riding high – Mario, Sonic, Crash, and Spyro have all stood the test of time, gracing multiple hardware generations with their esteemed presence.

Sony’s intergalactic duo Ratchet & Clank recently leapt back into the limelight with the announcement of a new game as part of the huge PS5 lineup, proving that there is still a hunger for a good mascot platformer. But what about the mascots that didn’t make the hall of fame? These also-rans might have fallen from fame, but they’ll always have a special place in our hearts.

Blinx the Timesweeper

Blinx

When Microsoft entered the console game there were so many iconic mascots already on the scene that poor Blinx never even got a fair shot. As his name suggests, Blinx could manipulate time to his advantage using a tricked-out vacuum cleaner, therefore his debut title was naturally billed as the ‘world’s first 4D action game’. We think we speak for everyone when we say Blinx deserves a second chance on the Xbox Series X.

Gex

Gex

If you couldn’t tell by his expressive character design, Gex was an anthropomorphic lizard with attitude. Possibly too much attitude. Despite this flagrant disregard for common decency, Gex got to star in three platforming adventures from Crystal Dynamics, the studio that would go on to take over development of the Tomb Raider series and is currently hard at work on Marvel’s Avengers.

Bubsy

Bubsy

Not quite as cute as Mario and not as sassy as Sonic, Bubsy occupied an awkward space in the mascot scene of the early 90s. Despite never achieving the popularity of his contemporaries, Bubsy simply refused to die, starring in a total of six games, one launching as recently as last year. Say what you will about Bubsy, he’s one persistent bobcat.

Ty the Tasmanian Tiger

Ty the Tasmanian Tiger

Much like Blinx, Ty arrived a little late to the mascot party but his debut title was a solid collect-a-thon and performed well enough to garner three sequels and an HD remaster that launched earlier this year. Ty’s first game largely consisted of scouting out and collecting Thunder Eggs, which we understand are the national currency in Australia.

Wild Woody

Wild Woody

You wake up in a daze. It’s 4:20pm, 14 June, 1995. Exhausted from a night of heavy gaming and investing wildly in the stock market, you’ve fallen asleep at your desk and slept through the entire workday. Panicked, you realise that you have a meeting with the top brass in 10 minutes and your assignment to come up with a new gaming hero for the Sega CD console has gone woefully unfulfilled. You frantically scan your surroundings for something, anything to spark some inspiration, before your eyes land on a simple, every-day pencil. What if this pencil… had attitude? You ask yourself. We imagine this is probably how Wild Woody was conceptualised.

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