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Meet Tinker, The Mascot Of Barret’s Gang In Mega Man Legends 3

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Barret’s gang in Mega Man Legends 3 are called the “Bright Bats”. Capcom held another competition for fans to send in their designs for the gang’s mascot, and received over 450 submissions between Japan and overseas territories. Here’s the winning entry:

 

That’s Tinker, created by a fan going by “Espiownage”. He’s a cute little ferret the Bright Bats came across one day, and is wearing a Reaverbot eye on the belt around his waist. Tinker likes to tinker with machines (hence the name) and has a habit of sitting on Barret’s shoulder. Espiownage comments that he was inspired by something former Capcom R&D head, Keiji Inafune, once said about creating characters with unique silhouettes when designing the character.

 

You can read more about the thoughts that went into Tinker’s creation  over at Capcom’s development blog, along with a look at some of the runner-up designs.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.