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Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced (Game Boy Advance)

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Advertising Blurbs

"Nintendo Winter 2002" promotional booklet:
    Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced is the sequel to the smash hit Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure. This time, N. Tropy has teamed up with an all new partner-in-crime, the hypnotically evil N. Trance, to brainwash Crash's friends and turn them into bad guys! Now Crash must face off against his friends and bring them back to the side of good...or lose them to the villainous duo forever!

    Enjoy additional features by connecting to Nintendo GameCube Crash Bandicoot the Wrath of Cortex!

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4618) on Mar 03, 2006.

www.vvisions.com:
    Game Overview
    After the events of Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure, Dr. Neo Cortex and his minions have been jettisoned into deep space. Meanwhile, Uka Uka - the evil twin mask of the kindly Aku Aku - and Dr. N. Tropy are devising a master plan for world domination. N. Tropy, the master of time and space, peers into the future for the answer and sees that their goal cannot be achieved without the help of one Crash Bandicoot, his sister Coco, and the super bandicoot, Crunch - and it just so happens that N. Tropy knows someone who can make this happen. In his travels through space and time, N. Tropy has come across a being from the fifth dimension who is the master of hypnotism - the diabolical N. Trance! Together they hatch a plan to use N. Trance's powers to brainwash Crash and the gang, and make them do their evil bidding. The nefarious duo manage to capture Coco and Crunch, and N. Trance brainwashes them to aid in their plan. Now its up to Crash to rescue his friends and thwart Uka Uka, N. Tropy, and N. Trance's plans for world domination.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (53448) on Jul 14, 2005.

www.nintendo.com:
    You can always count on evil geniuses for two basic plans:

    A) They'll do whatever it takes to stop the hero.
    B) If that doesn't work, they'll resort to kidnapping the hero's friends and family.

    Universal Interactive's Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced picks up where the first game (Crash Bandicoot: The Big Adventure) left off...at Plan B. In his latest desperate bid for world domination, Dr. Nefarious Tropy has kidnapped Crash's sister Coco and best friend Crunch. Crash must rescue Coco and Crunch before N. Tropy's plans become a horrible reality.

    Doing What a Bandicoot Does Best

    Rescuing his friends isn't as easy as heading from point A to point B. Crash must collect special crystals spread across a whopping 30 levels in eight unique environments. Unfortunately for Crash, Dr. N. Tropy has legions of faithful followers who intend to make life difficult for our fearless bandicoot.

    Thankfully, Crash maintains all his signature moves while adding a few new skills along the way. Platforming mainstays running, jumping, crouching and sliding are all available from the outset. Crash's unique tornado spin ability allows him to spin like a top while flailing his arms at top speed.

    Crash is fairly susceptible to damage. A single hit from an enemy or trap can cost a life. To help forfend instant splatitude, Crash can pick up Aku Aku Masks. Each mask will allow Crash to withstand an additional hit. To add an extra life to your reserves, simply pick up a Crash 1-Up icon or collect 100 colorful Whumpa fruit.

    2D Or Not 2D

    Much like Crash Bandicoot: The Big Adventure, most of the levels in N-Tranced are laid out in classic, side-scrolling fashion. Scattered throughout each stage are crates, TNT and Nitro boxes. Different crates react in different ways to being jumped on or spun through. New crates such as Ice, Copter and Magic Carpet grant Crash temporary special abilities. Experiment with different types of crates to help you reach difficult-to-access areas.

    Also returning are the forced-perspective levels that have Crash advancing towards the screen. This time around, Crash goes wakeboarding through beautifully rendered water levels while being chased by a gigantic shark. Your objectives during these levels are to collect as many crates and Whumpa fruits as possible while jumping ramps and trying to avoid becoming the shark's next meal!

    New to the handheld Crash Bandicoot series are the isometric Atlasphere challenges. Inspired by Sega's Super Monkey Ball, these levels encase Crash in a rolling steel cage. Crash must navigate through 3D levels filled with crates, traps and ramps. Developer Vicarious Visions has added helpful functions to speed up and brake.

    Two Bandicoots Are Better Than One

    The new Atlasphere levels not only add a fun gameplay twist, but they also allow the developers to incorporate some highly entertaining multiplayer modes. Two human players can go head-to-head in either battle or race modes.

    By linking up your Game Pak with the original Crash Bandicoot: The Big Adventure, you can unlock new characters for use in multiplayer. Two GBAs, a GBA Game Link cable and two Game Paks are required for multiplayer action.

    With Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced, Universal Interactive and Vicarious Visions have pieced together a hypnotizing platform game. Players of all ages will fall under its spell for hours on end.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66253) on Dec 25, 2004.

Vivendi Universal Games UK website - Game Boy Advance:
    The game:
    Crash must bring back his friends... or lose them to the villainous duo forever!

    The nefarious N-Tropy is back and up to no good. This time, he has teamed up with an all new partner-in-crime, the hypnotically evil N-Trance, to brainwash Crash’s friends and turn them into bad guys! Now Crash must face off against his friends and bring them back to the side of good…or lose them to the villainous duo forever!

    More than 40 action-packed levels through 8 unique environments, featuring all new puzzles and enemies.

    An all-new, all-dangerous villain, N-Trance, makes his debut and is sure to become one of Crash's most diabolical foes yet.

    All new special moves - Rocket Jump and Super Slide with 3 new types of crates: Freeze, Copter and Magic Carpet.

    Ability to play as Crash, Coco and Crunch; pilot multiple vehicles and more make this one of Crash's deepest adventures yet.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66253) on Jun 11, 2004.