The highly-anticipated Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is the Nintendo Switch's fastest-selling game of 2018. Admittedly 2018 hasn't been huge for Switch releases yet, but the remastered version of the iconic '90s franchise is already exceeding expectations only days after its launch.
Gamers will know that N. Sane Trilogy is nothing new and was originally released for the PlayStation 4 last June. In keeping with Nintendo's tradition of porting a little later, the remodeled version of the first three Crash games is cashing in on more than just the nostalgia factor as players head Down Under once again.
According to Games Industry, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy topped the UK gaming charts for the eighth time and also has the prestigious honor of being the Switch's fastest-selling game of this year. It knocks other Nintendo favorite Mario Tennis Aces from the top spot to claim the crown. The Nintendo version of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus continues to perform well but can't compete with that Australian orange blur when it comes to shifting copies.
The Xbox One edition of N. Sane was the best-selling this week, but it only outsold the Switch version by 250 copies. Either way, the game is doing great across all consoles and continues the success of its launch on the PS4. With some updated graphics and simple change of controls to fit with the Joy-Con, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is proving just as popular on the Switch as the three games did on the PlayStation two decades ago.
Considering how N. Sane Trilogy sold upon its original release, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that it would also do well on the Switch. That being said, to hold the title of fast-selling Switch game of 2018 is quite an accomplishment. The news is great for Nintendo, especially considering the company saw a sharp decline in its stock value after this year's E3 Expo. Although the Switch may not have huge exclusives like Sony has coming up, its third-party titles like Crash and first-party games including Super Smash Bros. Ultimate means that Nintendo is still selling huge quantities of games and consoles.
2017 and 2018 continue to be dominated and new games alike. Alongside Crash's renaissance, Spyro is also undergoing similar treatment and Capcom plans to release a revamped Resident Evil 2 in 2019. Vicarious Visions and Activision have done it again thanks to a clever balance of old-school playability factor and updating Crash just enough that it doesn't feel like desecrating a beloved franchise. Importantly, Crash N. Sane Trilogy proves that the Switch doesn't just need staples like Mario and Zelda to take a big slice of that Nintendo pie.
Source: Games Industry