Think of furry mascots that didn’t make it, and the first one to come to mind is usually Bubsy the Bobcat. Accolade’s famous feline gave it the ol’ college try, but he too was left in Sonic’s dust. Never achieving the success of his blue rival, Bubsy still managed to muster enough energy for two sequels, each less successful than the original game.
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We have an interview with the creator of Bubsy, Mike Berlyn. Mr. Berlyn chatted with us recently about all things bobcat-related, including its sequels and the effect of Super Mario 64 on the franchise. It’s a great read, so check it out.
During the 16-bit era, mascots were a dime a dozen. Unfortunately for many of them, attempting to recapture Sonic The Hedgehog’s massive success proved much harder than anticipated, and most fell by the wayside. A few did manage to survive into the next generation of consoles, and one such straggler was Bubsy, Accolade’s smart-mouthed bobcat. He didn’t get too far though.
Sonic the Hedgehog ushered in a new age of mascots with attitude, and the world has yet to fully recover. One of the more guilty parties is Bubsy, Accolade’s pantless bobcat. In a total of two underwhelming adventures on the Genesis, he singlehandedly showed us why cash-run mascots are the work of the devil.