THE HUGE ADVENTURE/ N-TRANCED/PURPLE: RIPTO’S REVENGE
If you had a mascot in the early-tomid 2000s, they got a Game Boy Advance 2D platformer. This was law, enacted across all studios and companies, and Crash Bandicoot was no exception. The Huge Adventure (titled XS in Europe, which is a much cleverer title) and N-Tranced were generally wellreceived as solid little games that probably haven’t held up super well, but Purple: Ripto’s Revenge is the interesting one here. It was a Spryo cross-over event game – Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy was also available at the same time. Minigames could be played between owners of each game, and there was an elaborate card-trading system in place too, because GBA games often had weird gimmicks like that in them. The two crossed over again, kind of, in the PS4 version of Skylanders: Imaginators some years later.