Chocobo is a really, really popular character in Japan. He's been appearing in games of his own since the PlayStation era, and although the west hasn't seen all of them, the yellow guy is starting to invade the hearts of gamers over here as well.
I love Chocobos as well if you couldn't tell. Chocobos and Cactaurs are like FF's mascots
Tonberry is the same.
I don't think "missed out on" was a good choice of words in this case.
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