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Retro Vault: Monkey Island 2, Lethal Enforcers, Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped

Plus: Mario Bros on Atari 2600 and the 'Invasion Of Nintendo'

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October 1998 - Crash Bandicoot: Warped artwork

Believe it or not, despite the success of the first Crash Bandicoot, it's actually the third game that's the best-selling title in the series.

Taking place immediately after the events of Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, Warped has Crash and Coco Bandicoot teaming up to defeat Uka Uka, the evil twin brother of Aku Aku (the floating mask that helps Crash throughout each game).

Naught Dog was given a tight deadline of a little under eleven months to develop Warped, which is all the most impressive that in that time the studio created three entirely new gameplay engines for different stages in the game - one for airplane levels, one for jetski levels, and one for motorbike levels.

By the end of the PlayStation's life, Warped was considered one of the ten best-selling games on the PlayStation, outselling its predecessors with sales (depending on who you ask) of between 5 and 7 million copies.

Crucially, it was also the first ever western developed title to pass the one million sales milestone in Japan, marking the early stages of the end of complete Japanese dominance in console gaming and the beginning of the east's acceptance of American and European titles.

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