This month marks Crash Bandicoot’s 20th Anniversary. The first game released on September 9, 1996 for the original PlayStation a year to the day after the system’s initial launch. It was Naughty Dog’s seventh game and their first big hit, prompting the team to work with Sony in order to make three more games in the series before Crash went third-party and ultimately degraded in quality over time.
This video retrospective will go over fifteen out of the eighteen games in the series. Those three missing are mobile games and due to technicalities in footage capture, I decided not to cover them. Of those games Nitro Kart 2 released in 2010 and there hasn’t been a Crash game since.
At E3 this year Sony announced they’re going to remaster the first three games for PS4. This is to be expected in 2017 although no footage has yet to be shown. The next iteration of Skylanders, Imaginators, will also include Crash and Cortex along with levels based on the series when it launches on October 16. Info dump aside, enjoy my brief video retrospective for Crash’s 20th along with some notes below.
Crash Bandicoot Games By Naughty Dog
- Crash Bandicoot (9/9/96 PS1)
- Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (10/31/97 PS1)
- Crash Bandicoot: Warped (11/4/98 PS1)
- Crash Team Racing (9/30/99 PS1)
Crash Bandicoot Games By Eurocom (last Sony published)
- Crash Bash (11/6/00 PS1)
Crash Bandicoot Games By Traveller’s Tales
- Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (10/29/01 PS2 later ported to Xbox and GC)
- Crash Twinsanity (8/30/04 PS2/Xbox)
Crash Bandicoot Games By Vicarious Visions
- Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure (2/25/02 GBA)
- Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced (1/7/03 GBA)
- Crash Nitro Kart (11/11/03 GBA/PS2/GC/Xbox later ported to N-Gage and Mobile devices)
- Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto’s Rampage (6/3/04 GBA)
Crash Bandicoot Games By Radical Entertainment
- Crash Tag Team Racing (10/19/05 PS2/Xbox later ported GC and PSP)
- Crash of the Titans (10/4/07 PS2/360/Wii/GBA later ported to DS and PSP)
- Crash: Mind over Mutant (10/7/08 PS2/360/Wii/DS/PSP)
Crash Bandicoot Games By Dimps
- Crash Boom Bang! (10/10/06 DS)