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Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (GameCube)

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Advertising Blurbs

www.xbox.com:
    Crash Bandicoot -- Action and excitement are brought to new heights as everyone's favourite Bandicoot comes toXbox. Known worldwide as one of the most popular character franchises ever, Crash is packed full of incredible graphics, realistic effects and hilarious characters. Having been defeated one too many times, Dr. Neo Cortex has developed a super secret plan to finally rid himself of his arch-nemesis, Crash Bandicoot. He discovers the resting-place of the Elemental Powers, and unleashes their destructive energies upon the earth.

    • THE BIGGEST ADVENTURE, EVER!
      30 NEW action-packed levels in massive rendered environments.
    • MULTIPLE MODES OF VEHICULAR MAYHEM
      Control 8 different vehicles– From a Crop-duster to a giant robot suit.
    • TWO CAN PLAY AT THIS GAME!
      For the first time ever, play as Crash's tough-as-nails sister, Coco.
    • POSITIVELY EYEBALL POPPING!
      The most dazzling special effects ever seen in a Crash game.

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (12138) on Sep 09, 2010.

"Nintendo Winter 2002" promotional booklet - GameCube:
    Everyone's favorite marsupial makes his Nintendo GameCube debut. The nefarious Dr. Neo Cortex has developed a super-secret plan to finally rid himself of his arch nemesis, Crash Bandicoot. He unleashes the destructive energies of earth, fire, air and water on the helpless planet Earth. It's up to Crash and his sister Coco to defeat Cortex before the elements destroy the world! Featuring incredible graphics, classic Crash game play and the Game Boy Advance connectivity, this is truly Crash's biggest adventure ever.

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4621) on Feb 25, 2006.

www.nintendo.com.au – GameCube:
    This quirky platformer is the biggest adventure to star Crash, the sneaker-wearing marsupial, and is also his first appearance on the Nintendo GameCube. If you're aching for a 3D platformer then get ready to take Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex for a spin.

    In this new adventure, Crash will learn a killer set of new moves throughout the game. The TipToe move can be used to sneak around trouble, the Super Double Jump allows Crash to reach high places, and the Crash Dash gives him a boost of speed. There are also a couple new offensive moves like the Death Tornado and the Bazooka that will teach bad guys not to mess with this videogame mascot.

    With several boss battles and more than 30 levels, there is plenty to explore in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, but some of the best moments are when you get to take control of one of eight crazy vehicles. Throughout the adventure you will soar through the air in glider, hit the slopes on a snowboard, dive deep underwater in a submarine, and blaze trails off road in a jeep. You can even play as Crash's sister, Coco, for the first time ever.

    Along with the new moves and vehicles, there are plenty of items to collect. There are 25 Crystals to collect that are the key to advancing in the game.

    The worlds are created with an elemental theme in mind whether it's fire, water, earth, or air. You will notice some nice graphical touches like snow falling, flames flickering, and bugs swarming around lanterns at night.

    Crash, himself comes to life nicely with exaggerated animations. As he tromps through the game you will see him perform even his most acrobatic moves with fluid life-like motion. The game looks and feels like a quality cartoon.

    Game Boy Advance owners will be happy as Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex has the cool connectivity feature. Using the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable you can load the Crash Blast mini-game onto Nintendo's latest handheld. Once you load this target shooting game on the Game Boy Advance you can disconnect the cable and take it with you.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (52133) on Oct 02, 2005.

www.nintendo.com:

    Crash gets connected



    The sneaker-wearing marsupial debuts on the Nintendo GameCube in his biggest adventure yet.

    Dr. Neo Cortex, Crash's longtime nemesis, has some new tricks up his sleeve. Besides creating Crunch, a bionic bandicoot, the no-good doctor has released four elemental masks of unspeakable power and assembled a cast of super-villains that would rival those found in a dozen James Bond flicks.

    New Tricks for an Old Bandicoot

    Needless to say, Crash has his work cut out for him. Fortunately, Crash will learn a killer set of new moves throughout the game. The TipToe move can be used to sneak around trouble, the Super Double Jump allows Crash to reach high places, and the Crash Dash gives him a boost of speed. New offensive moves like the Death Tornado and the Bazooka will teach bad guys not to mess with this videogame mascot.

    Most of the 30-plus levels involve collection runs through fixed paths. Some of the best moments come when you take control of one of eight crazy vehicles. While it doesn't seem a good idea to hand the keys to someone named "Crash," here he gets to ride a submarine, glider, snowboard, off-road vehicle and Super Monkey Ball-style sphere.

    Collect Crystals to advance through the game. Collecting all the gems will unlock secret levels. You can also race through already opened levels to earn Relics.

    Nabbing 100 Wumpa Fruits earns an extra life. You can even play as Crash's sister, Coco, for the first time ever.

    Graphics

    The worlds are designed around elemental themes like fire, water, earth or air. Nice graphical touches include snow falling, flames flickering, and bugs swarming around lanterns at night. Despite mundane architecture in places, the levels look quite pretty.

    Crash comes to life nicely with exaggerated animations. You will see him perform even his most acrobatic moves with fluid life-like motion. The game looks and feels like a quality cartoon most of the time, but you may notice a few graphical hiccups now and then, especially during the flying levels. Developer Travelers Tales will certainly get kudos from Game Boy Advance owners for building in a cool connectivity feature. Using the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable, you can load the Crash Blast minigame onto the Game Boy Advance.

    Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex is a solid 3D platformer. The colorful graphics may not wow your friends, but with cool new vehicles, secrets to unlock and 30 levels to explore there is enough action to satisfy fans of the genre. Plus, Game Boy Advance owners can use the great connectivity feature to take Crash on the road.

    This game has been rated "E" (Everyone) by the independent Entertainment Software Rating Board. Progress is saved to a Memory Card (not included) and requires two free blocks.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66269) on May 11, 2005.

Vivendi Universal Games UK website - GameCube:
    The game:
    Neo-Cortex is back, and he means to rid himself of Crash once and for all!

    Everyone’s favourite marsupial makes his GameCube debut in his biggest adventure yet. This time Neo-Cortex has had enough. Having been defeated one too many times, Cortex has developed a Super Secret weapon to finally rid himself of his arch-nemesis, Crash Bandicoot. Cortex has been busy building Crunch, a genetically engineered super-creature designed for one thing only, to defeat Crash Bandicoot once and for all! There is just one thing missing… a power source for the new diabolical creation. Uka Uka, Cortex’s master, calls upon the powers of the slumbering “Elementals.” These four ancient masks harness the powers of earth, fire, water and air. If Cortex’s super weapon wears these masks, he will then hold the power of the elements! However, to power this weapon, Cortex has set up bases around the planet, sucking the earth dry of its valuable elemental resources. It’s up to Crash Bandicoot and his sister Coco to defeat Cortex and his monstrous creation before they take over the world!

    Link technology allows Crash GameCube owners

    ...to unlock multiple secret features

    ...on the upcoming Crash Bandicoot Game Boy Advance sequel

    Lighting-fast load times and enhanced graphics

    Over 30 action-packed levels bring Crash to a Volcanic Island...

    ...Japanese Village, the Jungles of Africa and much, much more

    Vibrant graphics, real-time light and shadows,

    ...and the most realistic special effects ever seen in a Crash game

    Vehicular mayhem!

    Manoeuvre a 4x4; fly a Hang Glider, pilot a Crash-Mech and more!

    For the first time ever,

    Coco is a fully playable character

    ...with a whole new set of moves and attacks to help Crash in his quest!

    A huge cast of zany characters in addition to the cretin you love to hate,

    ...the devious, diabolical fiend,

    ...Dr. Neo Cortex, joins Crash and Coco

    Contributed by Xoleras (66269) on Jun 11, 2004.

Vivendi Universal Games UK website - PlayStation 2/Xbox:
    The game:
    Neo-Cortex is back, and he means to rid himself of Crash once and for all!

    Neo-Cortex is back, and he means to rid himself of Crash once and for all! To energise his most diabolical creation to date, Cortex channels the power of the Elementals, a group of renegade masks with the destructive power of Air, Earth, Water and Fire. To stop the Elementals and Cortex’s new weapon, Crash or Coco (fully playable for the first time) will face 5 game hubs, 25 dynamic levels and 5 unique bosses, as well as the appearance of a new character that will send shock waves through the Crash world.

    Enhanced Graphics:

    All NEW graphics engine will show case unique technologies

    ...that bring environment and characters like never before

    Play as Coco (for the first time):

    Complete specific levels of the game as Crash's

    ...fiery sister Coco will have a wide variety of moves and animations tailored to fit her personality

    A Star is Born:

    Introducing Crunch

    Dr. Cortex's new mastermind creation

    ...that forever change the landscape of the Crash series

    The most vehicles EVER seen in a Crash game. More vehicles

    ...than any other crash game. Travel by land, by sea and by air:

    ...Mad Max style glider, 4x4 Jeep, etc

    New Characters. New bosses and mini-bosses offer up a "Noah's Ark" sized list of new creatures

    New ways to increase your score. Locate hidden passageways,

    defeat hidden mini-bosses and get gems that will add major points to your final score

    New Story. Crash fans will be blown away by a storyline...

    ...that features everything from the ultimate evil plan and insight into the history of the ancestors.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66269) on Jun 11, 2004.

Back of Box - PlayStation 2:
    CRASH BANDICOOT is BACK... to Crush Cortex for Good!

    By harnessing the destructive power of the Four Elements, Dr. Neo Cortex creates Crunch, a Super-Bandicoot with one mission...demolish all that lies before him. Will Crash and Coco be up to the challenge? You can bet your bandicoot they will!

    The Biggest Adventure Ever!
    30 NEW action-filled levels in jam-packed environments.

    Multiple Modes of Vehicular Mayhem!
    Control 8 different vehicles - from a Crash-Glider to a giant robot unit.

    You Go Girl!
    For the first time ever, Crash's tough-as-nails sister, Coco, is fully playable.

    Positively Eyeball Popping!
    The most dazzling special effects ever seen in a Crash game.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69521) on Oct 10, 2002.