A former PlayStation 4-exclusive game makes its way to the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC as Activision ports Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
Its availability on another platform other than the current-generation Sony console was first confirmed by the latest Nintendo Direct presentation. Subsequently, the publisher confirmed that the remastered collection will also get a PC and Xbox One version. The original franchise was established as a Sony-exclusive, which explains why a lot of gamers were caught by surprise.
Bang For The Buck
Unlike most remastered games that usually feature better textures and resolutions, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy completely reworked its visual presentation. Another Sony-exclusive title was likewise given the same treatment, Shadow of the Colossus was remade for the PlayStation 4.
The collection includes remastered versions of Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. The series made its debut on the original PlayStation system in 1996.
Activision's decision to port Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy over to the PC, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One marks the first time the first three original games appeared on another platform other than Sony.
Nevertheless, there were other Crash Bandicoot games that were previously launched for other platforms. Crash Bandicoot: Wrath of Cortex actually came out for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Xbox. Furthermore, the Game Boy Advance received several titles that featured the crazy marsupial including a crossover game with Spyro the Dragon titled Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage.
Due to the popularity of the remake, sources speculate that the publisher might have future titles in the pipeline. There is also likelihood that the upcoming games might be multi-platform immediately during launch.
Nintendo Direct Surprises
The news that Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was headed to the Switch happened during the Nintendo Direct showcase. The lineup of games for the 3DS and the hybrid console were impressive. As expected, the upcoming software catalog features several first-party-developed titles, which are presumably going to become best-sellers based on data collected from previous releases.
One of the games presented generated a lot of buzz after its long absence from the scene. Mario Tennis Aces finally reintroduces the beloved sports title to the company's newest game system. Packed with new features, upgraded visuals, and intuitive control schemes via the Joy-Con controllers, its return has long been requested by fans of the series.
It looks like 2018 will be a great year for video games as several anticipated titles on different platforms will launch later this year.