- Publisher: Konami
- Developer: Konami
- Release: Sega Genesis, 1993
- Genre: 2D Action
- Players: 1
- Rarity/Cost: Moderate, US$10-15
It's been a long time since I based a review around an entry from TVTropes, so let's give it another shot. Today, I will be discussing the "Mascot With Attitude" trope, a character type which came into being with Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991. Many examples of this do their best to ignore what made the first Sonic games good, in favour of following at least three of these "marketable" traits:
- Is a Funny Animal, usually with a Species Surname. (i.e., Sonic the Hedgehog, Spyro the Dragon)
- Comes from a Platform Game.
- Is Totally Radical. This can be as mild as using totally bogus outdated slang, or as egregious as giving the character a love of "extreme" sports, fast food, or anything else with supposed "youth appeal."
- Is quippy, snarky, and prone to making lots of really bad jokes. Bonus points if one of them is a Take That against Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Is competent and violent, but not to child-unfriendly levels. He's also not allowed to swear, but will do his best to anyway.
- A supporting cast which reinforces his status as coolest character in the universe. Look out for an older uncool antagonist, a sidekick with a case of hero-worship, a helplessly devoted and/or snarky love interest, or a rival that's almost (but not quite) as cool as the mascot.
- Advertisements for his games put a lot of emphasis on said game's "intensity," especially twitch-action and "speed".1
|The European box art of Rocket Knight Adventures.|
|Sparkster, blasting off from the left.|
1 "Mascot with Attitude". Television Tropes & Idioms. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
2 I do support the not-in-your-face type of environmentalism, however, and I suggest you do the same.