Move over, Jurassic World – this week’s Crash Bandicoot sales have seen the orange mascot hold his own at the top of the charts.
The new release on the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One has beaten the likes of Jurassic World: Evolution, Fifa 18 and Mario Tennis Aces to secure the number one spot for the second week in a row. Apparently, the Xbox One edition out-sold the Switch in the UK, but in Europe the Switch version was the choice de jour. Interesting.
The Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy – for those of you who don’t know – is a high definition remake of the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy from the 90s. It’s a crazily colourful platformer about a protagonist with a penchant for wumpa fruit, and players spin and jump their way through a series of hazardous environments in an attempt to crush the plans of the crazed Doctor Cortex.
Considering that this ‘new’ trilogy is identical to its PlayStation counterparts – albeit with enhanced visuals – it’s mind-blowing to see Crash Bandicoot sales such as these. I remember the PS4 version coming out just over a year ago, and indeed I attempted to purchase a copy for myself (I decided against online pre-ordering having been so badly stung in the past. Items would fail to arrive on launch day and I’d end up game-less, yet I’d see an abundance of copies in just about every store I’d walk into! Grr.)
Anyway, trying to buy Crash Bandicoot in a shop on launch day? Blimey, I might as well have asked for the 1977 cut of Star Wars, on LaserDisc. Nowhere stocked it. It was sold out everywhere. Call me naive, but I didn’t think products actually SOLD OUT on launch day anymore. As in, I’d had no problems getting my hands on the new Harry Potter books when they’d been released. I was stunned.
Fortunately, I managed to snag a copy in my local supermarket, far from the madding crowd, so I was able to get my Crash Bandicoot fix at launch. However, the fact that the trilogy continues to perform so well on the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One demonstrates just how much love there still is for the cheeky orange fuzzball… As ‘n-sanely’ difficult as his adventures might be.
What do you think of these Crash Bandicoot sales? Have you purchased the game on the Switch, or the Xbox One? And could there be more Crash titles in the pipeline? Let me know in the comments below.
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