History Franchise / CrashBandicoot

11th Jul '16 10:04:36 PM Eyeshield
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* ThematicRoguesGallery: Crash's recurring foes all have something to do with Cortex or Uka Uka, with many of them being mutant hybrids modified by either of them or N. Brio just like he is.
10th Jul '16 7:00:33 AM Fretless94
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** ''Crash Boom Bang'' is the only game in the franchise to have been developed in Japan, and as a result the character design and overall aesthetic of the game has an obvious anime flair to it.
16th Jun '16 9:41:13 PM OnoderaTearer
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'''''Crash Bandicoot''''' is a video game series once seen as Sony's unofficial mascot and its answer to [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] and Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}}. Originally began under the auspices of Creator/{{Universal}} Interactive, it eventually became part of Creator/{{Sierra}} and then Creator/{{Activision}}. The games star the eponymous Crash Bandicoot, a [[FunnyAnimal genetically enhanced marsupial]] and failed experiment on behalf of Dr. N. Cortex, resident MadScientist and [[TakeOverTheWorld world conqueror]], and more often than not the two wind up butting heads against one another, either for Crash to thwart Cortex's evil plans or just [[GoKartingWithBowser racing go-karts against one another]]. The games are mostly platform or action/adventure.

The original three PS1 games, developed by Naughty Dog, were purely linear 3D platformers and became massively successful. The series was famed for its humorous cartoony tone ([[TheManyDeathsOfYou losing a life often forms an amusing slapstick death for Crash]], and nearly all levels - and even some of the characters - have ridiculously {{Punny Name}}s, for example). Naughty Dog followed the trilogy up with a racing spinoff, but before they could begin work on another platforming game, ExecutiveMeddling forced them to move on to [[VideoGame/JakAndDaxter other franchises]] while the Crash series was handed to new developers and went multi-platform. Unfortunately, no single developer really stuck and the series ended up bouncing around for a while, which led to a lack of consistency. At first, the new developers tried to emulate Naughty Dog's style, but these games were ridiculed as soulless carbon copies.

Starting with ''Crash Twinsanity'', the fifth main series game, developers attempted to inject new life into the franchise by [[DenserAndWackier exaggerating the humor]] and giving the series a more self-aware vibe. Unfortunately, Twinsanity ended up being overly ambitious and the final product was rushed and poorly-received.

The series finally found a consistent set of developers with Radical Entertainment, who made the [[BrokenBase divisive]] decision to dramatically redesign the entire cast and rewrite their personalities to feature a much larger amount of [[ShoutOut pop-culture based]] non sequitur humor spaced throughout gameplay chit-chat (though the older games were still referenced occasionally, so this wasn't technically a ContinuityReboot). After making a racing spinoff game, Radical took a swing at producing the sixth and seventh main entries in the series, ''Crash of the Titans'' and ''Crash: Mind Over Mutant''. These games dropped the emphasis on platforming to instead focus on co-op melee combat and a "jacking" mechanic where Crash could control defeated enemies.

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'''''Crash Bandicoot''''' is a video game series once seen as Sony's Creator/SonyComputerEntertainment's unofficial mascot and its answer to [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] and Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}}. Originally began under the auspices of Creator/{{Universal}} Interactive, it eventually became part of Creator/{{Sierra}} and then Creator/{{Activision}}. The games star the eponymous Crash Bandicoot, a [[FunnyAnimal genetically enhanced marsupial]] and failed experiment on behalf of Dr. N. Cortex, resident MadScientist and [[TakeOverTheWorld world conqueror]], and more often than not the two wind up butting heads against one another, either for Crash to thwart Cortex's evil plans or just [[GoKartingWithBowser racing go-karts against one another]]. The games are mostly platform or action/adventure.

The original three PS1 UsefulNotes/PlayStation games, developed by Naughty Dog, Creator/NaughtyDog, were purely linear 3D platformers and became massively successful. The series was famed for its humorous cartoony tone ([[TheManyDeathsOfYou losing a life often forms an amusing slapstick death for Crash]], and nearly all levels - and even some of the characters - have ridiculously {{Punny Name}}s, for example). Naughty Dog followed the trilogy up with [[VideoGame/CrashTeamRacing a racing spinoff, spinoff]], but before they could begin work on another platforming game, ExecutiveMeddling forced them to move on to [[VideoGame/JakAndDaxter other franchises]] while the Crash ''Crash'' series was handed to new developers and went multi-platform. Unfortunately, no single developer really stuck and the series ended up bouncing around for a while, which led to a lack of consistency. At first, the new developers tried to emulate Naughty Dog's style, but these games were ridiculed as soulless carbon copies.

Starting with ''Crash Twinsanity'', ''VideoGame/CrashTwinsanity'', the fifth main series game, developers attempted to inject new life into the franchise by [[DenserAndWackier exaggerating the humor]] and giving the series a more self-aware vibe. Unfortunately, Twinsanity ''Twinsanity'' ended up being overly ambitious and the final product was rushed and poorly-received.

The series finally found a consistent set of developers with Radical Entertainment, who made the [[BrokenBase divisive]] decision to dramatically redesign the entire cast and rewrite their personalities to feature a much larger amount of [[ShoutOut pop-culture based]] non sequitur humor spaced throughout gameplay chit-chat (though the older games were still referenced occasionally, so this wasn't technically a ContinuityReboot). After making a racing spinoff game, Radical took a swing at producing the sixth and seventh main entries in the series, ''Crash of the Titans'' ''VideoGame/CrashOfTheTitans'' and ''Crash: Mind Over Mutant''.''VideoGame/CrashMindOverMutant''. These games dropped the emphasis on platforming to instead focus on co-op melee combat and a "jacking" mechanic where Crash could control defeated enemies.



After six years with no sign of life from the franchise, Crash made his triumphant return to console gaming by making a playable appearance in a [[ShowWithinAShow game-within-a-game]] in VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd, another game made by Naughty Dog, and having his own playable VideoGame/{{Skylanders}} toy. Furthermore, the original three Naughty Dog games will be receiving HD remakes for the PS4 (which is likely what Crash's Uncharted 4 cameo had been hinting at) developed by Vicarious Visions.

Interestingly, Activison, the current owners of Crash, are not mentioned anywhere in Uncharted 4's credits, even though Naughty Dog previously ''did'' have to credit them in an art book. It would seem that Sony and Activision have formed a partnership a la Film/SpiderManHomecoming, since previously Naughty Dog wasn't allowed to include easter eggs for Crash Bandicoot as blatantly as they could for their other series.

Several people, including Cortex's most recent voice actor, Lex Lang, have teased the existence of a new standalone Crash Bandicoot game, and some have hinted at being locked under Non-Disclosure Agreements. Either way, the sudden resurgence of love of the orange bandicoot from Sony is proof that despite a long hibernation, the franchise is not going away anytime soon.

The Crash franchise has a long history of crossing over with the Franchise/SpyroTheDragon games. Their initial developers, Insomniac and Naughty Dog have been close allies for years. They worked on Spyro and Crash literally right next to each other, in the same room. VideoGame/JakAndDaxter and VideoGame/RatchetAndClank have a similar relationship for the same reason.


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After six years with no sign of life from the franchise, franchise and just in time for [[MilestoneCelebration his 20th year of existence]], Crash made his triumphant return to console gaming in 2016 by making a playable appearance in a [[ShowWithinAShow game-within-a-game]] in VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd, ''VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd'', another game made by Naughty Dog, and having his own playable VideoGame/{{Skylanders}} ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'' toy. Furthermore, the original three Naughty Dog games will be receiving HD remakes for the PS4 UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}} (which is likely what Crash's Uncharted 4 ''Uncharted 4'' cameo had been hinting at) developed by Vicarious Visions.

Interestingly, Activison, the current owners of Crash, ''Crash'', are not mentioned anywhere in Uncharted 4's ''Uncharted 4''[='=]s credits, even though Naughty Dog previously ''did'' have to credit them in an art book. It would seem that Sony and Activision have formed a partnership a la Film/SpiderManHomecoming, similar to [[Creator/SonyPictures another Sony department]]'s partnership with Creator/{{Disney}}[=/=][[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Marvel Studios]] allowing shared production of ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' films between the two companies, since previously Naughty Dog wasn't allowed to include easter eggs for Crash Bandicoot as blatantly as they could for their other series.

Several people, including Cortex's most recent voice actor, Lex Lang, Creator/LexLang, have teased the existence of a new standalone Crash Bandicoot ''Crash Bandicoot'' game, and some have hinted at being locked under Non-Disclosure Agreements. Either way, the sudden resurgence of love of the orange bandicoot from Sony is proof that despite a long hibernation, the franchise is not going away anytime soon.

The Crash ''Crash'' franchise has a long history of crossing over with the Franchise/SpyroTheDragon ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' games. Their initial developers, Insomniac Creator/InsomniacGames and Naughty Dog have been close allies for years. They worked on Spyro ''Spyro'' and Crash ''Crash'' literally right next to each other, in the same room. VideoGame/JakAndDaxter ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' and VideoGame/RatchetAndClank ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' have a similar relationship for the same reason.




* ''Crash Bandicoot Mutant Island'' (2009) -- In a mashup of ''Titans'' and ''Mind'''s plots, Crash must stop Cortex when he creates a giant robot and begins distributing mind-controlling headsets to the inhabitants of the island. The game goes back to the days of old school side-scrolling platformers, with Crash running, climbing, jumping, and swinging throughout his journey. In contrast to the two games mentioned Titans are the game's bosses, where there are only 3 of them and in order to defeat them you must first [[ColossusClimb climb them]] to tame them (by ''tickling'' them, no less) and once you've tamed them they shrink down to a more affordable size and [[DefeatMeansPlayable you can summon them at any time]].

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* ''Crash Bandicoot Mutant Island'' (2009) -- In a mashup of ''Titans'' and ''Mind'''s ''Mind''[='=]s plots, Crash must stop Cortex when he creates a giant robot and begins distributing mind-controlling headsets to the inhabitants of the island. The game goes back to the days of old school side-scrolling platformers, with Crash running, climbing, jumping, and swinging throughout his journey. In contrast to the two games mentioned Titans are the game's bosses, where there are only 3 of them and in order to defeat them you must first [[ColossusClimb climb them]] to tame them (by ''tickling'' them, no less) and once you've tamed them they shrink down to a more affordable size and [[DefeatMeansPlayable you can summon them at any time]].



* ''Crash Bandicoot Remastered'' (2017) -- A collection of the original PS1 games remade from the ground up with PS4 graphics by Vicarious Visions. Historically, Vicarious Visions' Crash games have always been the most faithful to Naughty Dog's, so they're a great fit (Incidentally, they were also in charge of making sure Crash's appearance in Skylanders was faithful to his roots).

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* ''Crash Bandicoot Remastered'' (2017) -- A collection of the original PS1 games remade from the ground up with PS4 graphics by Vicarious Visions. Historically, Vicarious Visions' Crash games have always been the most faithful to Naughty Dog's, so they're a great fit (Incidentally, they were also in charge of making sure Crash's appearance in Skylanders ''Skylanders'' was faithful to his roots).



* ''VideoGame/SpyroOrangeTheCortexConspiracy'' (''Spyro Fusion'' in Europe, 2004) -- Basically just Crash Purple from Spyro's perspective, as previously mentioned.
* ''VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd'' (2016) -- Another Naughty Dog game that features an unskippable level of the first Crash Bandicoot game. This is not an emulation, but actually a complete remake of the original game from the ground up, which Naughty Dog seemingly did solely for the sake of a cool easter egg, or possibly to promote the upcoming HD remakes.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Skylanders}} Skylanders: Imaginators]]'' (2016) -- When a wormhole opens up connecting Skylands with Wumpa Island, Crash decides to join the Skylanders to help fight off Kaos's Doomraiders, complete with his own playable toy. Crash's appearance here is fitting seeing as Skylanders began life as a spinoff of the Spyro franchise, which the Crash franchise has a long history of crossing over with. This marks the first time Crash and Spyro can fight side-by-side in the same game, albeit this is [[ContinuityReboot a different Spyro]] from [[VideoGame/CrashBandicootPurpleRiptosRampage the one Crash met before.]]

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* ''VideoGame/SpyroOrangeTheCortexConspiracy'' (''Spyro Fusion'' in Europe, 2004) -- Basically just Crash Purple ''Crash Purple'' from Spyro's perspective, as previously mentioned.
* ''VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd'' (2016) -- Another Naughty Dog game that features an unskippable level of the first Crash Bandicoot ''Crash Bandicoot'' game. This is not an emulation, but actually a complete remake of the original game from the ground up, which Naughty Dog seemingly did solely for the sake of a cool easter egg, or possibly to promote the upcoming HD remakes.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Skylanders}} Skylanders: Imaginators]]'' (2016) -- When a wormhole opens up connecting Skylands with Wumpa Island, Crash decides to join the Skylanders to help fight off Kaos's Doomraiders, Doomlanders, complete with his own playable toy. Crash's appearance here is fitting seeing as Skylanders began life as a spinoff of the Spyro ''Spyro'' franchise, which the Crash ''Crash'' franchise has a long history of crossing over with. This marks the first time Crash and Spyro can fight side-by-side in the same game, albeit this is [[ContinuityReboot a different Spyro]] from [[VideoGame/CrashBandicootPurpleRiptosRampage the one Crash met before.]]]] The Wii U version, with its console-exclusive toys, also marks the first time Crash can team-up with characters associated with [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros a certain plumber boy and moustache man]] the marsupial once [[UsefulNotes/ConsoleWars held a grudge with back in 1996]].
15th Jun '16 2:32:26 PM Fretless94
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After six years with no sign of life from the franchise, Crash made his triumphant return to console gaming by making a playable appearance in a [[ShowWithinAShow game-within-a-game]] in VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd, another game made by Naughty Dog, and having his own playable VideoGame/{{Skylanders}} toy. Furthermore, the original three Naughty Dog games will be receiving HD remakes for the PS4 (which is likely what Crash's Uncharted 4 cameo had been hinting at).

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After six years with no sign of life from the franchise, Crash made his triumphant return to console gaming by making a playable appearance in a [[ShowWithinAShow game-within-a-game]] in VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd, another game made by Naughty Dog, and having his own playable VideoGame/{{Skylanders}} toy. Furthermore, the original three Naughty Dog games will be receiving HD remakes for the PS4 (which is likely what Crash's Uncharted 4 cameo had been hinting at).
at) developed by Vicarious Visions.
15th Jun '16 2:10:41 PM thebandragoness
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* VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd (2016) -- Another Naughty Dog game that features an unskippable level of the first Crash Bandicoot game. This is not an emulation, but actually a complete remake of the original game from the ground up, which Naughty Dog seemingly did solely for the sake of a cool easter egg, or possibly to promote the upcoming HD remakes.
* [[VideoGame/{{Skylanders}} Skylanders: Imaginators]] (2016) -- When a wormhole opens up connecting Skylands with Wumpa Island, Crash decides to join the Skylanders to help fight off Kaos's Doomraiders, complete with his own playable toy. Crash's appearance here is fitting seeing as Skylanders began life as a spinoff of the Spyro franchise, which the Crash franchise has a long history of crossing over with. This marks the first time Crash and Spyro can fight side-by-side in the same game, albeit this is [[ContinuityReboot a different Spyro]] from [[VideoGame/CrashBandicootPurpleRiptosRampage the one Crash met before.]]

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* VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd ''VideoGame/SpyroOrangeTheCortexConspiracy'' (''Spyro Fusion'' in Europe, 2004) -- Basically just Crash Purple from Spyro's perspective, as previously mentioned.
* ''VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd''
(2016) -- Another Naughty Dog game that features an unskippable level of the first Crash Bandicoot game. This is not an emulation, but actually a complete remake of the original game from the ground up, which Naughty Dog seemingly did solely for the sake of a cool easter egg, or possibly to promote the upcoming HD remakes.
* [[VideoGame/{{Skylanders}} ''[[VideoGame/{{Skylanders}} Skylanders: Imaginators]] Imaginators]]'' (2016) -- When a wormhole opens up connecting Skylands with Wumpa Island, Crash decides to join the Skylanders to help fight off Kaos's Doomraiders, complete with his own playable toy. Crash's appearance here is fitting seeing as Skylanders began life as a spinoff of the Spyro franchise, which the Crash franchise has a long history of crossing over with. This marks the first time Crash and Spyro can fight side-by-side in the same game, albeit this is [[ContinuityReboot a different Spyro]] from [[VideoGame/CrashBandicootPurpleRiptosRampage the one Crash met before.]]
15th Jun '16 2:05:35 PM thebandragoness
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* ''PS4 HD Remakes'' (2017) -- Remakes of the original PS1 games from the ground up with PS4 graphics were announced at E3 2016.

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* ''PS4 HD Remakes'' ''Crash Bandicoot Remastered'' (2017) -- Remakes A collection of the original PS1 games remade from the ground up with PS4 graphics by Vicarious Visions. Historically, Vicarious Visions' Crash games have always been the most faithful to Naughty Dog's, so they're a great fit (Incidentally, they were announced at E3 2016.
also in charge of making sure Crash's appearance in Skylanders was faithful to his roots).
14th Jun '16 2:06:34 PM thebandragoness
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** Furthermore, the ''Skylanders'' crossover mentions that Crash came to Skylands from a wormhole on Wumpa Island. Wumpa Island was introduced in Crash of the Titans and Mind Over Mutant ([[{{Fanon}} though it's commonly assumed to be the second island from the original game]]), so it seems to be implied that, unlike Spyro who was rebooted for Skylanders, the Crash we see in Skylanders is the original, with Skylanders Imaginators presumably taking place sometime after Mind Over Mutant.

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** Furthermore, the ''Skylanders'' crossover mentions that Crash came to Skylands from a wormhole on Wumpa Island. Wumpa Island was introduced in Crash of the Titans and Mind Over Mutant ([[{{Fanon}} though it's commonly assumed to be the second island from the original game]]), Titans, so it seems to be implied that, unlike Spyro who was rebooted for Skylanders, the Crash we see in Skylanders is the original, with Skylanders Imaginators presumably taking place sometime after Mind Over Mutant.
14th Jun '16 2:02:46 PM thebandragoness
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** And finally, ''FINALLY'' averted with the news that Crash is getting a remake, and will be in ''[[VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}]]''.

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** And finally, ''FINALLY'' averted with the news that Crash is getting a remake, and will be in ''[[VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}]]''.''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}''.
14th Jun '16 1:59:51 PM thebandragoness
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