In the Wild West days of the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis, mascot-driven games were popping up like the plague. Every other title for the powerhouse gaming machines featured a cool and rude animal character engaging in less than stellar platforming action, all in an attempt to pry impressionable gamers from their parents hard earned cash.
One of the most notorious mascot characters to come from these days was Bubsy, a fast talking bobcat clad in a shirt emblazoned with an exclamation point who was on a quest to defeat the “space dweebs” known as “Woolies.” Bubsy debuted in the puntastically titled Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind, a SNES and Genesis game that featured a head scratching combination of Sonic-esque speed and Mario-esque platforming, resulting in a hot mess of a game. A slightly better sequel and truly terrible 3D sequel followed, but Bubsy eventually faded into obscurity, seemingly destined to clutter the dollar bins of ’90s game stores forever.
But the current holder of the Bubsy rights has decided that now is the perfect time for the quip-spouting bobcat to make his reappearance. Retroism, a publisher dedicated to re-releasing video games from bygone eras, has submitted The Bubsy Two-Fur for approval on Steam Greenlight.
Appearing with little fanfare on the Greenlight page on November 16th, The Bubsy Two-Fur is asking for fans’ support so that Retroism may bring a collection of the character’s first two 2D platformers to Steam.
To support the game, Retroism has launched a #SaveBubsy campaign on Twitter, urging all fans of the platforming star to cast their vote to get the title released. Should The Bubsy Two-Fur manage to garner enough votes, the title will go live in late 2015 and will retail for $4.99.
Retroism has also hinted that The Bubsy Two-Fur may not be the last we see of the platforming star, ending the game’s pitch with:
“With your support, Bubsy may finally be able to look himself in the mirror and smile, carry himself with dignity, and perhaps find the strength within to go on new adventures again…”
While Bubsy is mostly remembered these days for earning the title of one of the most annoying video game characters of all time, nostalgia is hot right now, with games such as Yooka-Laylee garnering attention for it’s throwback gameplay, which might just allow Bubsy to reach approval. Thus far, the Steam community reaction has been overwhelmingly negative, with reactions ranging from “God no” to “Oh God, no.” But for fans that hold fond memories of the motor-mouthed mascot, Steam Greenlight is still accepting votes, and Retroism is urging gamers to vote for the collection.
Source: Steam Greenlight