With the recent release of the “N-Sane Trilogy” on PlayStation 4, flooding back memories for video gamers, Crash Bandicoot has always been one of my favourite video game series ever since I first played Cortex Strikes Back as a three-year-old child.
As I had some data that I had wrangled from the VGChartz website at the start of the year, it seemed very obvious for me to put together this piece to compare and see how earlier Crash titles have fared in comparison to the more recent titles when N-Sane Trilogy was yet to be released.
One of the things that needs to be pointed out is the fact that I am focusing on Sony PlayStation sales and not other platforms that have had Crash Bandicoot released on Microsoft and Nintendo platforms. Crash Bandicoot was originally a PlayStation exclusive when it launched in 1996 so there will be more insights from the data I have gathered.
In the visualisation I created in Tableau, I found that it was not surprising to see a huge drop off in global sales for Crash after The Wrath of Cortex. The first three Crash Bandicoot games did extremely well for the PlayStation platform with there being a natural drop-off after Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, which sold a healthy 7.1 million copies in 1998.
As the Crash Bandicoot games became a non-PlayStation exclusive and Naughty Dog, the original developer and creator of the iconic platforming series, focused on Jak & Daxter for the PlayStation 2. Crash has been under numerous owners such as Universal Interactive Studios to Vivendi to it’s current owners Activision.
The most alarming thing with the sales is how the recent Crash Bandicoot titles such as Crash of the Titans and Crash: Mind over Mutant have sold less than half a million copies for the PlayStation 2 platform. But what you have to consider is the fact that Crash Bandicoot was going through a downward spiral which is uncomparable with the huge popularity of the earlier PlayStation titles.
I will update this post with the recent Crash Bandicoot – N-Sane Trilogy global sales on PlayStation 4 as of when the data is available. However, it has been fascinating to see how a popular video game series such as Crash Bandicoot has fallen overtime and regained public exposure.
If you are not nostalgic reading this post about Crash Bandicoot, then this piece of music may transport you back to your childhood.
Picture Credited to GameSpot and Activision.