Toro (left) and Kuro (right) holding PocketStation units
|First appearance||Doko Demo Issyo (1999)|
|Created by||Sony Interactive Entertainment|
Toro(トロ), full name Toro Inoue(井上トロInoue Toro), also known as the Sony Cat, is a fictional character created by Sony Interactive Entertainment. He is an anthropomorphized cat who participates in numerous events and tries to act like a human.
Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC (SIE) is a multinational video game and digital entertainment company that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, the central hub for Sony's American businesses.
Toro first appeared in the PlayStation game Doko Demo Issyo, and has since appeared in every PlayStation platform. While not as popular in the west, he serves as Sony's mascot in Japan - in particular, of the PlayStation Network.
The PlayStation is a home video game console developed and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment. The console was released on 3 December 1994 in Japan, 9 September 1995 in North America, 29 September 1995 in Europe, and 15 November 1995 in Australia. The console was the first of the PlayStation lineup of home video game consoles. It primarily competed with the Nintendo 64 and the Sega Saturn as part of the fifth generation of video game consoles.
A mascot is any person, animal, or object thought to bring luck, or anything used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team, society, military unit, or brand name. Mascots are also used as fictional, representative spokespeople for consumer products, such as the rabbit used in advertising and marketing for the General Mills brand of breakfast cereal, Trix.
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The character is an anthropomorphized white cat of a chibi design style. Toro is characterized by its big, trapezoid-shaped face, a rectangular-shaped body, and its vast variety of face expressions. Toro's family name originated from a debugger called Toro 'Inoue' (井上 Inoue).
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Chūtoro(中とろ) is the name for medium fatty tuna when served in sushi restaurant. A bluefin tuna yields akami, chūtoro, and ōtoro(大とろ, pink fatty tuna). Chūtoro is usually found near the skin on the back and belly. It combines the lighter but deep, slightly bitter flavor of an akami with the sweet tenderness of an ōtoro. It is quite expensive and usually served only on special occasions.
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Toro first appeared on July 22, 1999 as the main character (chatterbot) in the video game Doko Demo Issyo (also transliterated as Doko Demo Issho and meaning "Together Anywhere") on the Sony PlayStation, and included support for the PocketStation.
The PocketStation is a Memory Card peripheral by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation home video game console. Categorized by Sony as a combination of a Memory Card and a miniature personal digital assistant, the device features a monochrome liquid crystal display (LCD), infrared communication capability, a real-time clock, built-in flash memory, and sound capability. To use the device's memory card functionality, it must be connected to a PlayStation through a memory card slot. It was released exclusively in Japan on January 23, 1999.
In 2004, Doko Demo Issyo was released on the PlayStation Portable, a free demo being available in the Japanese PlayStation Store.
Toro stars in the PlayStation 3 title Mainichi Issho ("Everyday Together"), a talk show-like game where Toro delivers daily news together with Kuro, his black cat neighbor. Players can also answer trivia questions to win game money (Myale) and prizes such as furniture to decorate Toro's in-game apartment; an online IQ versus test game is also possible. Mainichi Issho is available free of charge download in the Japanese PlayStation Store only. A sequel to the game titled Weekly Toro Station was released on November 2009 as a replacement for Mainichi Issho.
Toro is a playable character in Everybody's Golf 5 .He also appears as a playable character in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale , with Kuro assisting him during one of his super attacks.
Toro is the main character of the free downloadable PlayStation Vita game Toro's Friend Network, in which the player must help him make friends so that he can save Kuro who has been kidnapped.
Toro and Kuro both appear as exclusive fighters for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of Street Fighter X Tekken by Capcom, in which Toro mimics Ryu's fighting style, while Kuro mimics Kazuya's fighting style.This was their first game appearance outside Japan, predating PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (both are fighting games that were released in 2012). Toro alone appears in Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F (available with the "Popipo Special Edition" downloadable content), where his appearance is used for multiple accessories and he stars in the "PoPiPo (Toro and Kuro special edition)" PV.
Toro and Kuro both appear as NPCs during specific quests in White Knight Chronicles 2 .Toro and Kuro also appear in the MMO Phantasy Star Online 2 as Vita and PS4 exclusive NPCs that the players can take with them on missions, and can eventually get them as MAGs for their characters. Toro is summonable by the player in Destiny of Spirits . Toro and Kuro make an appearance in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls in a Monokuma assembly line. Taro also appeared as a DLC bomber in the September 2018 update to Bomberman R .
Toro costumes appear in LittleBigPlanet (available as a downloadable content),and in Tales of Graces f and Tales of Hearts R . Sony also made Toro and Kuro a free DLC plush for the player's character to wear in Tokyo Jungle for the PlayStation Network. In celebration of Toro's 15th birthday, and the 20th anniversary of the PlayStation, crossover images featuring Toro, Kuro and Freedom Wars characters were released.
Buzz! is a series of video games originated by Sleepydog Ltd., developed by Relentless Software and published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable consoles. They are quiz games that see the players answering trivia questions while competing in the fictional game show, Buzz!. Created specifically with multi-player party gaming in mind, the series launched in October 2005 and to date comprises 18 games; including 13 in the Buzz! series and five Buzz! Junior titles. The series made the transition to the PlayStation 3 with Buzz!: Quiz TV in 2008. The sixteenth game in the series Buzz!: Brain of the UK was released in March 2009. The latest Buzz! game is Buzz!: The Ultimate Music Quiz which was released in October 2010.
Polygon Man was the former mascot for the Sony PlayStation in North America. He appeared in the consoles pre-launch ads commenting on various launch games but was dropped before the launch of Sony’s first console and replaced by a series of popular game characters starting with Sofia from Battle Arena Toshinden, Parappa the Rapper, and Crash Bandicoot.
Echochrome, released in Japan as Mugen Kairō (無限回廊), is a puzzle game created by Sony's Japan Studio and Game Yarouze, which is available for PlayStation 3 from the PlayStation Store and for PlayStation Portable (PSP) on either UMD or from the PlayStation Store. Gameplay involves a mannequin figure traversing a rotatable world where physics and reality depend on perspective. The world is occupied by Oscar Reutersvärd's impossible constructions. This concept is inspired by M. C. Escher's artwork, such as "Relativity". The game is based on the Object Locative Environment Coordinate System developed by Jun Fujiki—an engine that determines what is occurring based on the camera's perspective.
Mainichi Issho is a November 11, 2006 Sony Computer Entertainment online game for the PlayStation 3. It is based on the Toro franchise, a cartoon character which is a mascot for SCEJ. This game is exclusively for the Japanese market. Its international title is Everyday Together! as seen romanized in the Mainichi Issho Store. A PlayStation Portable port called Mainichi Issho Portable was released on October 15, 2008 and a sequel to the very first Dokodemo Issho game titled Toro to Morimori was released on the PlayStation 3 on July 23, 2009.
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Weekly Toro Station is a video game developed by Bexide and Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable. It is the sequel to Mainichi Issho and was released on November 11, 2009 through the Japanese PlayStation Store. Some services were terminated on March 28, 2013, and the services were completely terminated at the end of September 2013.
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Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X is a 2016 rhythm game created by Sega and Crypton Future Media, released on March 24, 2016 for the PlayStation Vita in Japan. A PlayStation 4 version known in Japan as Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X HD was released on August 25, 2016. An North American and European version has been released for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on August 30, 2016. The title reflects the game being the 10th entry in the Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA series. The game takes a new approach to play style, focusing around the theme of "Live and Produce".