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Crash Bandicoot’s wild success proves that nostalgia sells

by Ron Duwell | August 2, 2017August 2, 2017 7:00 am PDT

As if anything that Nintendo has ever made suggested otherwise, nostalgia sells. People love buying up the products that made them happy in yesteryear, and Crash Bandicoot’s absolute domination of the UK sale charts proves that video games that make a lasting impact will forever hold an audience.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy appears once again on top of the sales list, the fourth time it has done so over the last five weeks! It also only dropped off 28 percent from the previous week, half of what the competition dropped.

Splatoon couldn’t bring it down last week after it came up short by 700 copies, and a resurging Grand Theft Auto V still comes up short of slipping into the top spot. The only game which has been able to dethrone it is, somewhat symbolically, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age.

Not my nostalgia, but just as long as it’s someone’s

I was still in full Super Nintendo mode during Crash Bandicoot’s most dominant years. By the time I jumped aboard the PlayStation bandwagon to play Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy TacticsCrash Warped had already come and gone, and I never went back to check it out.

Toss on top of it that Spyro the Dragon began eating up most of my dedicated platformer time, and Crash just never found his way into my repertoire.

That’s totally fine though because while I might not have nostalgic feelings for him, others certainly do, and I’m glad they could finally satisfy that itch after all these years. This is what makes nostalgia so special. It’s a personalized feeling that you and you alone are allowed to dictate.

It’s also why it’s such an infuriating phenomenon to those who believe that gaming fans and journalists alike should operate entirely on objectivity. How utterly boring.

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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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