It might be surprising to some to see our favourite centrifugal force loving marsupial back at the top of the charts after 21 years, but honestly I’m not surprised. Vicarious Visions’ Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has come in at first place on the U.K. All Format Chart, thus placing it as the biggest single format release of 2017 so far.
This is the first time in Crash’s history the character has ever won a UK number one and puts our feisty retro friend in front of Sony’s other exclusive this year – Horizon Zero Dawn. Whilst it might be odd to some to see a retro game knock out a Triple A title like Horizon Zero Dawn, Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy was not a simple remaster but a complete rebuild that successfully tapped into some long held nostalgia.
It’s these record sales numbers that prove to be an interesting point, with Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy being almost impossible to find in stores at the moment. Around the globe and here at home in Australia, retailers are scrambling to restock their supplies, leaving many frustrated gamers turning to PSN to get their copy. But if you are one of the few without PSN service fear not, as most suppliers are continuing to restock as demand grows.
In other good news, thanks to Crash, Activision have said if Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is a success, which you’d have to be more insane than Rippa Roo not to think it was, “other stuff” will happen. What does other stuff mean? Well my money would be on a new Crash title, a remaster of Crash Racing, or other remakes of classic titles such as Spyro (we hope!). After all, there is a Spyro hint in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy!
For now it’s just great seeing Crash getting the much needed love and care it deserves and I can only hope more retro games (*cough* Stubbs the Zombie) see this kind of dedicated treatment and success.