Love him or hate him, the wise-cracking cat and his Super Nintendo adventures could potentially release for PC through Steam Greenlight.
The 90’s were a testing ground for developers to establish a mascot representing their legacy. While the likes of Mario, Sonic, Rayman and arguably the Vic Viper have withstood the multiple-decade test of time, several marque video game characters fell off the map due to the changing video game market, studio acquisitions and closures, or just a complete lack of popularity. Some of the potential mascots lost to the era include Aero the Acro-Bat, Ecco the Dolphin, Bubsy Bobcat, Vectorman, Spyro the Dragon (though he lives on within Skylanders), Opa-Opa, and painfully Crash Bandicoot. However, one of these failed mascots may return from the dead to grace the Steam library, as Bubsy is now listed on Steam Greenlight.
Before the Test Drive series, Accolade took an ill-fated attempt at creating a mascot for their company, with Bubsy Bobcat. A wise-cracking cat wearing an exclamation mark shirt, Bubsy starred in only four games between the SNES, Sega Genesis, Atari Jaguar, Game Boy PS1 and PC. Whether it was saving the world from aliens, restoring the fabric of history, or saving Mother Goose, Bubsy could sprint and glide through each level, all while spouting head-shaking puns and one-liners. Released in 1996 for the PS1, Bubsy 3D: Furbitten Planet essentially killed Accolade’s mascot, as the title was critically slammed for its poor controls and lackluster gameplay design; Furbitten Planet is often regarded as one of the worst entries in the PS1 library.
Current owner of the Bubsy property, Retroism announced today that the first two Bubsy titles are coming to Steam Greenlight as a bundle. PC gamers can now vote for Bubsy Two-Fur on Valve’s gaming platform; Two-Fur contains the original SNES versions of Bubsy in Claws Encountered of the Furred Kind and Bubsy II. If enough votes are gathered, Bubsy Two-Fur will see an official Steam release, with an estimated price of $4.99.
A release window has not been announced for Bubsy Two-Fur.