The '90s were a time when gamers were enthralled with the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario and not so much with these 10 Worst Video Game Mascots. Toss in the average child's affinity for Saturday morning cartoons (how we miss you!), and both developers and retailers aimed to market at gaming's most prominent audience by concocting some of the most diabolically stupid creatures ever made in the history of fiction. As a result, the '90s had a plethora of uninspired mascots with each character headlining in a lackluster title. Get ready for some horrible platforming because here are the 10 Worst Video Game Mascots!
Gex the Gecko
It was either Gex or Crash Bandicoot starting off our list of the 10 Worst Video Game Mascots, and Crash at least had some redeeming qualities to him. Let's just hope that Gex's appearance on Hot Shots Golf 2 will be the last time he is ever a playable character.
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger
Ah we get it, because he's a Thylacine (Tasmanian tigers are actually a real thing), he has to use a boomerang due to being an Aussie. Apparently this tiger grew opposable digits so he can throw his cliche weapon.
Cool Spot's original Sega Genesis title may have actually been decent, but he's still just that silly dot who tried to encourage us to drink 7 Up instead of Sprite.
Conker (Before Bad Fur Day)
Prior to his antiheroic romp, Conker was just as corny and uninspired as the rest of this list. Perhaps those droopy eyes of his were an early sign of the alcoholism Conker had in his following title.
Horrible controls, sub-par level design and an atrocious plot all plagued the debut of such a lame character. Diggin' the jungle girl, though.
Zero the Kamikaze Squirrel
Though he might weigh in only at the halfway mark on our list of the 10 Worst Video Game Mascots, Zero was an offshoot character from Aero the Acrobat 2. The only reason why Zero didn't score worse than the others on this list was because he was a kamikaze, which meant that this atrocity would at least end on a high note.
Who knew that a developer as grand as Capcom could so easily be put in the pocket of Domino's Pizza?
Bubsy the Bobcat
Bubsy the Bobcat debuted in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind, where he defended the planet's supply of yarn from alien invaders. You know a character is boring if his creator had to put an exclamation point on his chest.
A spinning, anthropomorphic animal has to stop an evil scientist and his army of robots from turning his animal pals into robots and save the world? Nope, that's not Sonic, it's Awesome Possum. And he's also here to teach you about recycling.
Aero reigns surpreme on our list of the 10 Worst Video Game Mascots because he was the face of this entire "alliterating animals with attitude" movement of the '90s. Aero was the first major carbon copy of Sonic. And for him starting the trend (Spot and Noid were already pre-existing mascots), we consider this side-show carny the worst of the worst.
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