In case you missed the news, the original Spyro the Dragon trilogy is coming back in the form of the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy. The Spyro remake will hit store shelves later this year on September 21. Yet, Spyro’s good friend Crash Bandicoot has something neat to share regarding the announcement.
Aside from congratulating Spyro the Dragon, Crash Bandicoot has taken to his own Twitter account to share a special code so that players can view the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy trailer directly from within Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy. Players can access that trailer through the code shown below.
Sure, nowadays anyone can open their phone’s YouTube app and watch the trailer and go about their day, but the charm of this method would be lost on them. Notice that this tweet instructs players to go to the [Crash Bandicoot] “Warped” screen to enter the code.
You see, when Crash Bandicoot: Warped originally released in October 1998, Spyro the Dragon just made his debut the month prior in September 1998 (also notice that the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy will release 20 years after this point). In the spirit of good sportsmanship, you could say, both Naughty Dog and Insomniac (who were the original developers of Crash and Spyro, respectively) put “secret” codes into the manuals of their games so that players could demo Spyro the Dragon from Crash Bandicoot: Warped, and vice versa. Notice, in this picture of the original Crash Bandicoot: Warped manual, the code (which in itself is an homage to the Konami code) is identical to the code in the tweet from the Crash Twitter account. Now that’s nostalgia right there!
It’s reasonable to say that when the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy releases in September, Spyro may follow suit and provide a code to access a Crash: N-Sane Trilogy demo. It’s likely considering that Crash will be appearing on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch very soon.
It’s these small details that make me happy and nostalgic to have grown up with these games. Nice job to Crash and Spyro for keeping that friendship going after all this years.