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Yes it's true; there is an official PlayStation mascot character.  He is a cat called Toro Inoue, but he is only ever used in Japan.  This video I made covers his complete history with a look at every single game across all PlayStation generations (including the PocketStation!), all recorded using real PlayStation hardware.

I guess this story never gets told in the west because of the Japanese language barrier, but don't worry I'll be translating as I go.

Please have a watch as it took a long time to create this and I'm proud of how it turned out.



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Toro Inoue, the Sony Cat. It makes me remember Doshin the Giant.



Don't forget Polygon man! I have liked Toro for a while. I first discovered him when PocketStation was announced in the late 90s. btw yes I do have a PocketStation. I also used that PSVita app with Toro for a time.



Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

I really wish Toro was way more of a thing internationally.
PlayStation really needs a consistent mascot. Mario is Mr. Video Game himself, and the icon of Nintendo. Sonic for Sega, Master Chief for Xbox, and so on,
If Toro wasn't the mascot internationally, there are a few other good choices. Kratos, Sackboy, Ratchet & Clank, or Astro. Nathan Drake comes to mind as well, but there hasn't been a new Uncharted game since 4 in 2016 and Lost Legacy in 2017. The collection of those two on PS5 is just a remaster.



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Wman1996 said:

I really wish Toro was way more of a thing internationally.
PlayStation really needs a consistent mascot. Mario is Mr. Video Game himself, and the icon of Nintendo. Sonic for Sega, Master Chief for Xbox, and so on,
If Toro wasn't the mascot internationally, there are a few other good choices. Kratos, Sackboy, Ratchet & Clank, or Astro. Nathan Drake comes to mind as well, but there hasn't been a new Uncharted game since 4 in 2016 and Lost Legacy in 2017. The collection of those two on PS5 is just a remaster.

I always thought it would have been Crash Bandicoot.  Naughty Dog abandoned him in favor of Jak and Daxter which they abandoned in favor of Uncharted which they abandoned in favor of Last of Us...

That's kind of the problem with Sony and the possibility of a mascot.  They never do the work to ensure their longevity.  Of course, I don't think Sony really cares.  In many ways I think they are proud of the work they have accomplished without relying on a mascot or IP.  They let their IPs do the talking.  But that does leave a few fans left wanting more, myself included.  What I wouldn't get to see a new AAA Jak and Daxter created by Naughty Dog.



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super_etecoon said:
Wman1996 said:

I really wish Toro was way more of a thing internationally.
PlayStation really needs a consistent mascot. Mario is Mr. Video Game himself, and the icon of Nintendo. Sonic for Sega, Master Chief for Xbox, and so on,
If Toro wasn't the mascot internationally, there are a few other good choices. Kratos, Sackboy, Ratchet & Clank, or Astro. Nathan Drake comes to mind as well, but there hasn't been a new Uncharted game since 4 in 2016 and Lost Legacy in 2017. The collection of those two on PS5 is just a remaster.

I always thought it would have been Crash Bandicoot.  Naughty Dog abandoned him in favor of Jak and Daxter which they abandoned in favor of Uncharted which they abandoned in favor of Last of Us...

That's kind of the problem with Sony and the possibility of a mascot.  They never do the work to ensure their longevity.  Of course, I don't think Sony really cares.  In many ways I think they are proud of the work they have accomplished without relying on a mascot or IP.  They let their IPs do the talking.  But that does leave a few fans left wanting more, myself included.  What I wouldn't get to see a new AAA Jak and Daxter created by Naughty Dog.

 TBF I think Sony proved you don't necessarily need a mascot anymore. MS wanted Blinx to be their mascot and Malice, does anyone remember Malice? By that era, the need for one just kinda evaporated. Genesis/SNES kids were now in their 20s So they were into GTA and Halo than Sonic. I love mascots for consoles myself. Gave them more personality and identity. TG16 having Bonk was cool as well as those games are weird but fun. Sonic was the coolest thing ever. Mario World same year as Sonic and had Saturday Morning Cartoons for them so there is nostalgia for me.



Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

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Last edited by trunkswd - on 29 November 2023