Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is coming to the Nintendo Switch, the Xbox One, and the PC this week. A launch trailer for the Nintendo Switch port of the remastered versions of the classic Playstation games shows Crash Bandicoot in action with much-improved graphics. The remastered trilogy was originally released for the Playstation 4 in 2017.
Published by Sony and developed by Naughty Dog, platform video game Crash Bandicoot was released in 1996 for the Playstation as an answer to Nintendo's Mario and SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog. Two sequels, Cortex Strikes Back, and Warped followed, both for the same console. For several years, the Crash Bandicoot series received other installments and spin-off titles that were released for multiple systems. Unfortunately, the franchise's last major game was 2008's Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant. To the disappointment of fans, the series has been dormant for the last 10 years.
A launch trailer for the Nintendo Switch version of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy shows off the gameplay for some of the games' levels, as well as the vast improvements made to the graphics. In classic Crash Bandicoot fashion, the character can be seen running in terror from a giant rampaging polar bear, cruising through the streets on a motorcycle, flying an airplane, bounding over obstacles, and executing his trademark spin attack.
Though past Crash titles have been made by Naughty Dog, the remastered collection was developed by Vicarious Visions in partnership with Activision. As seen in the trailer, the goal was never to change the gameplay but to enhance the graphics, sounds, and animations. Even cutscenes have been remastered with recordings from the franchise's more recent voice actors.
The N. Sane Trilogy has already proven to be extremely successful. The Playstation 4 version sold 2.5 million copies worldwide in the span of a few months, so being ported to the Switch, the fastest-selling console in U.S. history, the PC, and the Xbox One, is sure to make the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy an even bigger hit. It's success has already led to a rumor that a brand new Crash Bandicoot game could release in 2019.
Based on the look of the game, it's no surprise that the N. Sane Trilogy has been able to single-handedly bring Crash Bandicoot back into the spotlight. Side-by-side comparisons of the originals and the enhanced versions show just how far these games have come from their initial releases. The amount of detail given to the remastered collection is remarkable, and adds hope to the idea that Crash Bandicoot may soon make a comeback.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy releases Friday, June 29th, for the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and the PC.