Why pick up Wumpa fruits individually when you can find a basket and catch them all at one time?
Today, Activision announced two new packs of Crash Bandicoot games for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S and Nintendo Switch. They are available now.
The cleverly titled Crashiversary the package contains a remake compilation Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (this contains the first three original Crash games), the recent entry of the new series Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s time, as well as the excellent remake of the 1999 PS1 CTR, Crash Team Racing Nitro.
Activision’s alternative bundle, dubbed the Crash Bandicoot Quadrilogy, contains only the N. Sane Trilogy and Accident 4.
While you think about the best choice, check out this surprisingly entertaining recap of Crash Bandicoot’s history so far:
Crashiversary sells for $ 119.99 and Quadrilogy sells for $ 89.99 on beefier home hardware (a bit less on the Switch, likely due to the less graphically intense ports), though they’re both currently on sale for $ 59.99 and $ 53.99 respectively .
If you don’t have any of these games yet, this might be the perfect opportunity to dive in. Be warned, however, that none of these adventures are what some might call “beginner friendly.” Just like their old fashioned PS1 counterparts, and Crash 4 case, simple challenge of retro inspiration – the revival Crash Bandicoot titles can be very difficult. That being said, the difficulty creates a truly satisfying sense of accomplishment. If you stick to it, that is.
Hearing about these packs made me nostalgic for everyone’s favorite marsupial, especially since Toys For Bob, the hugely talented development team behind Crash’s reimaginations, has been moved to work on Call of Duty instead of moving forward with the orange wonder. The mood is that Accident 4 just didn’t sell enough, which is a real shame.
Speaking of Toys For Bob, I’m still waiting for a good Skylanders Renaissance. A man can dream.