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Crash Bandicoot sends UK chart in a spin, claiming the franchises’ first-ever no.1

Never underestimate the power of nostalgia. Last month, WipEout Omega Collection became the first entry in the series to claim the UK chart top spot.

One month on, Crash Bandicoot has pulled the same trick – Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy is also the first in the franchise to take no.1. [Update: Eurogamer claims it’s the biggest single-platform release of the year so far, beating Horizon Zero Dawn.]

We didn’t see a single available copy on store shelves over the course of the weekend, suggesting Activision underestimated demand. This bodes very well for the proposed Crash Team Racing remake and the recently rumoured Spyro the Dragon HD Trilogy.

Another blast from the past arrived at #2 – Codemasters’ Micro Machines: World Series. The PS4 version was the biggest selling, unsurprisingly.

GTA V – last week’s chart topper – falls to #3, and is followed by FIFA 17 and Forza Horizon 3 at #4 and #5 respectively.

Overwatch remains at #6 for a second week. Then at #7 it’s another nostalgia fare – Elite Dangerous. UKIE notes that the first ever UK chart (Gallup’s ‘Chartalk’ newsletter, in 1985) featured the original Elite at no.1.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is at #8, DiRT 4 dropped to #9, and then at #10 it’s Rocket League. With a Switch version of Rocket League due, we can expect this evergreen title to remain in the top ten for some time to come.

The Golf Club 2 was the next highest new entry, swinging in at #27. The standalone release of Modern Warfare Remastered made a lowly #32, while SEGA’s Valkyria Revolution is also off to a poor start, entering at #34.

Matt Gander: Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles for the site since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.