subdirectory_arrow_right Blinx: The Time Sweeper (Game), Xbox (Platform), Microsoft (Company)
Despite being positioned as the Xbox's mascot by the gaming press, Blinx the Time Sweeper was not created to fill that role or rival the likes of Mario and Sonic. Despite an internal push from the Blinx team for the character to become the platform's mascot in Japan (of which executive producer Ed Fries claims to be "not sure how seriously [the Blinx team] took it"), as well as the desire of Bill Gates for Microsoft's gaming department to have a mascot, the character was not officially used as an Xbox mascot. The game did still get a major marketing push in Japan thanks to convenient timing during a Christmas dry spell of game releases and being a Japanese game.
Attachment The game's director, Naoto Ohshima, had initially designed the character of Blinx to have purple fur, later being changed to orange for unknown reasons.
The game's director, Naoto Ohshima, stated on Twitter that Blinx was based on the fairy tale character 'Puss in Boots'.