I'm ready to admit it: I once clamored, begged, and schemed to acquire Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind for the Super NES. I'd read the Nintendo Power and Electronic Gaming Monthly previews and reviews of the game just before June 1993 hit, and as the sixth grade at elementary school was coming to an end for me, I began calling local stores and scouring shop shelves for the game. I'd gathered up all my loose change and allowance savings into a $50 pile and gave standing instructions to my parents that if they found Bubsy in their travels, they should buy it and I'd pay them back. I even had the Nintendo Power character poster hanging on my wall next to all of my other gaming decorations. All of this fuss over a game that just about everybody decried as yet another animal mascot platforming rip-off, but so what? I knew I was destined to save mankind from the Woolie invasion.