The thing about a lot of Nintendo's characters is that some of them have been around for much longer than any Sony's franchise characters. I'd also guess that some of them are more recognizable to people who aren't gamers. A lot of people will know who Mario, Luigi, Zelda, Link (though some people Link is Zelda) and Donkey Kong are, while characters like Sly, Sweet Tooth and Jak and Daxter will likely get you blank stares.
I do think that Spryo, Tomb Raider (Lara), and Crash Bandicoot are all pretty recognizable names to people in their 20's or 30's. These characters were all over the place in the 90's, and were anything but "obscure".
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