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Hi there fellow community!
Just wanted to ask whether there is an official PICO-8 mascot? Could it be Jelpi?
If not I think the community should probably decide on one since most platforms got their mascot.

P#38548 2017-03-22 09:57 ( Edited 2017-06-27 08:57)

i vote for this mutated katamari damaci that is your current avatar:

P#38554 2017-03-22 11:12 ( Edited 2017-03-22 15:12)

Don't see why PICO-8 needs a mascot. It already has a logo and specific font.

P#38561 2017-03-22 12:07 ( Edited 2017-03-22 16:07)

I always kind of figured Jelpi was pico-8's mascot

P#38685 2017-03-24 12:54 ( Edited 2017-03-24 16:54)

I agree that there should be a mascot. It would be cool if someone made a few solid sprites for a mascot character that could be used by developers for the platform to create a series of games similar to the large number of sonic, mario, etc games.

P#40836 2017-05-21 18:32 ( Edited 2017-05-21 22:32)

well, yeah, Jelpi.

P#40837 2017-05-21 20:09 ( Edited 2017-05-22 00:09)

I have a few suggests for a potential mascot. I think they have potential but I wanted to see what you guys think of them.

-An Italian Plummer
-A plucky Hedgehog

P#40839 2017-05-21 22:13 ( Edited 2017-05-22 02:13)

New to Pico-8 and the community, but I thought as ultrabrite did that Jelpi was the mascot. Just from the first time I visited the website. Haha

P#40842 2017-05-21 22:21 ( Edited 2017-05-22 02:21)

I didn't even know Jelpi had a name but I still considered them the mascot lol

P#40849 2017-05-22 04:39 ( Edited 2017-05-22 08:39)


P#40855 2017-05-22 09:45 ( Edited 2017-05-22 13:45)


P#40859 2017-05-22 12:35 ( Edited 2017-05-22 16:35)

I've been toying around with the idea of doing Pico-Golf. Maybe I should use Jelpi as the golfer? What is the thought on here with using other people's sprite designs? Ask first, I assume? Or just open?

P#40899 2017-05-23 12:37 ( Edited 2017-05-23 16:37)

At first I was also like, there's a logo and a font, what else do you want? But once sloum mentioned the golf game, I flashed back to the Nintendo of my childhood and remembered how Mario was basically a placeholder that made things Nintendo-y. Maybe mascot is too strong of a word. I would like to see people throw out ideas for an open source type character that could be used for non-essential characters to create Pico-8-ness. Jelpi is great, but I don't think super flexible for using in various roles.

P#41346 2017-06-07 08:06 ( Edited 2017-06-07 12:06)

Yeah! That is how I was thinking of it. A character that can appear in games, sometimes as the star, sometimes as an easter egg or background character. Just something to bring things together as part of the same console. It isnt necessary, but could be fun.

P#41468 2017-06-09 11:18 ( Edited 2017-06-09 15:18)

What about the pico-8 palette starburst thing? The thing in the logo:

I think that could be used as an easter egg powerup/point bonus thing. Like the Hudson Bee, or that swirl thing Capcom used in the NES era.

Also, it should probably play the pico-8 'system boot-up' noise when you pick it up.

P#41470 2017-06-09 11:34 ( Edited 2017-06-09 15:34)

Sounds like we need to get a Jelpi Jam going over here, where we all just make different genres of games starring Jelpi. I could easily see a kart racer being made featuring Jelpi as the main character alongside a cast of some of zep's default avatar characters, liberties taken where necessary.

If you want to use the Pico-8 logo and the boot sound effect, though, I have an old cart for that.

Cart #16286 | 2015-11-06 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

P#41485 2017-06-09 13:34 ( Edited 2017-06-09 17:43)

Thanks @JTE
That cart tripped me out.

Does anyone know where to find a collection of the default forum images? Are they just randomly assigned?

P#41488 2017-06-09 13:59 ( Edited 2017-06-09 17:59)

I don't know the specifics of how they're assigned (probably by user id), but there's 32 in total. Here's a wall of pixels. You may recognize some characters already being used in Voxatron. I'm not sure which came first.

Cart #16245 | 2015-11-05 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

P#41490 2017-06-09 14:12 ( Edited 2017-06-09 18:14)

I agree! Jelpi would make a GREAT mascot!

P#41872 2017-06-23 02:00 ( Edited 2017-06-23 06:00)

Cart #41890 | 2017-06-23 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

P#41881 2017-06-23 09:12 ( Edited 2017-06-23 15:15)

solar, that is so cool!

P#41898 2017-06-23 20:25 ( Edited 2017-06-24 00:25)

btw, I've retouched the avatars to fit the pico8 palette (merely importing them didn't work well):


have fun :)

P#41942 2017-06-26 03:38 ( Edited 2017-06-26 09:08)

Solar, that intro is really rad. I dig it.

P#41956 2017-06-26 13:20 ( Edited 2017-06-26 17:20)

i dig it even more XD

P#41963 2017-06-27 04:57 ( Edited 2017-06-27 08:57)

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