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The 8 Most Irrelevant Video Game Mascots of All Time

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Not quite having the staying power as Mario, Luigi, and Sonic the Hedgehog are these eight of the most irrelevant video game mascots from gaming history.

Polygon Man

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Created to be the mascot for the PlayStation 1's launch in North America, the blocky faced character featured in a few advertisements before unceremoniously being given the boot. Global head of PlayStation, Ken Kutaragi hated Polygon Man's shading and so the character "was taken out into the car park and quietly shot," according to former Sony executive Phil Harrison.

Polygon Man did make a brief return in Sony brawler PlayStation All-Stars as the game's big bad, but don't expect him to become the face of the brand (again) any time soon.

Bubsy the Bobcat

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Alliterative and furry, Bubsy the Bobcat was the star of several platforming games in the 1990s. The series, which includes brilliantly named titles such as Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind, were envisioned as a rival to Super Mario Bros. and Sonic the Hedgehog.

While Bubsy never became as famous as Mario or Sonic, a television pilot based on his adventures was made. Sadly, it was never picked up for a full series, with poor Bubsy fading into irrelevancy.

Aero the Acro-Bat

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Zool

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Although he looks a bit like an ant, Zool was a gremlin who has to complete boss battles in order to become a ninja. He was the star of two games in 1990s, with Zool's adventures reaching critical acclaim.

But despite people having high praise for both Zool games, the ninja gremlin/ant-looking mascot wasn't a good enough rival to Mario and Sonic (as intended) and so he finds himself on this list.

Awesome Possum

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The star of Awesome Possum...Kicks Dr. Machino's Butt, Awesome Possum made history as the second video game character ever to have recorded dialogue (the other was Bubsy the Bobcat). Such voice lines included "I'm so cool!"

Unfortunately for Awesome Possum, he was the only one who thought he was cool, as Kicks Dr. Machino's Butt was panned upon release. Clearly, the plans for Awesome Possum to be a rival to Sonic the Hedgehog didn't quite pan out.

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