I don't think Sony has enough charismatic characters to pull this off… I wish I were wrong, but Smash Bros is just filled with very likable and cartoony characters, Sony doesn't have that.
what I think is odd is that they hinted at a LBP level but not as a fighter where as I think Sackboy works VERY much in favor of the point Pedro makes.. he's a very likeable very Sony character who works very well as a mascot as he could be rather cartoonish. All things I think would make for an ideal inclusion.
I can think of a decent bunch of cartoonish or well known characters Sony could use if this were true. Jax & Daxter, Crash Bandicoot, Sly Cooper, Spyro, Ratchet and Clank, any of the PS exclusive Final Fantasy games, Sackboy, maybe a Patapon to mix things up. I think they definitely have the lineup to do it, the problem is that Nintendo has stuck with a few key franchises for their entire lifespan, whereas each generation of Sony console has had its own 'mascots'.
some of those characters are included.. like Sly.
Maybe I'm remembering Final Fantasy different than literally every other game out there because I just don't see it, but you do make a good point in that Sony does sort of have generational mascots. I do however think this hurts the Sony branding more than it helps. A mascot should be greater than a single generation or it's not effective. If people have to relearn the face of Sony ever console they can't really associate any face with Sony. In this case I'd say they might more likely associate it with a console vs the company.
For my money they have two maybe three mascots they could use that could literally represent Sony just on a permanent basis. Sackboy and Ratchet&Clank (and maybe Patapon). Everything else is either dead, dying, or not iconic enough. I'll put Jak, and Crash in the first category, Sly, and Spyro in the second, and FF, and Drake in the third. Uncharted is a great game I love them but it's not a mascot maker.
Sackboy is fantastic. It can outlast the popularity of a single console, It's cartoonish enough to be warped into anything they need it to be. (Sackboy can guest stay in a sports game for instance, or as a collectible in an RPG, etc) i think Sony knows this and is setting up Sackboy are their chief icon.
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