At long last, a new Crash Bandicoot game is on the way. Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is being made by Toys for Bob, the studio behind the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, and looks set to revamp the franchise's classic PlayStation 1 gameplay with a few modern twists.
The trailer for the upcoming sequel highlights a couple of new masks, known as the Quantum Masks, but one should not forget the original talking heads. Aku Aku has been a part of almost every major Crash Bandicoot game, while Uka Uka instantly left his villainous mark once he was introduced in Crash Bandicoot: Warped. Here are 10 facts about Aku Aku and Uka Uka that Crash Bandicoot fans should know.
10 They Started Out As Human Brothers
Long before a mad scientist evolved a bandicoot and gave birth to his worst nightmare, Aku Aku and Uka Uka existed as human brothers and were part of the same tribe. Ultimately, they would come back as floating masks, but that was not their default state.
Even back then, Aku Aku and Uka Uka were presumed to be polar opposites, and their later interactions suggest there was very little in the way of love lost between the two.
9 They Used To Be Witch Doctors
While Uka Uka would have to wait a couple of years to make an appearance, Aku Aku debuted in the very first Crash Bandicoot. While Naughty Dog eventually reduced the character to just a mask, Aku Aku was originally designed to be a witch doctor, although this was during a time when Crash was still going by Willy the Wombat.
The book The Crash Bandicoot Files: How Willy the Wombat Sparked Marsupial Mania contains the first game's original lore bible; Aku Aku's section explains that he was a witch doctor who turned to Willy to try and stop Cortex from polluting the environment.
8 Aku Aku Locked Uka Uka In A Temple Prison
Crash Bandicoot: Warped revealed that Uka Uka had been pulling Cortex's strings from behind the scenes; however, the voodoo mask was only freed when the doctor's space station crashed into his prison during the beginning of the third game. Unsurprisingly, it was Aku Aku who imprisoned his brother in the temple.
As seen in the games, Uka Uka's goal is to rule the world by collecting powerful artifacts like gems and crystals, which might explain why Aku Aku opted to lock his sibling away.
7 Aku Aku Owes A Lot To Uka Uka
Within Crash Bandicoot's universe, Uka Uka has caused nothing but trouble for Aku Aku; in reality, the latter owes a lot to his malicious sibling. Prior to Uka Uka's debut, Aku Aku had yet to utter a word and showed almost no personality. The mask was little more than a gameplay mechanic, with his most significant non-power-up contributions to the series being the tips he would provide in the Japanese versions of Naughty Dog's first two games.
Uka Uka's arrival gave Aku Aku a more prominent role in the story, and he was even blessed with a voice.
6 The Papu Papu Connection
Papu Papu holds a special place in Crash Bandicoot's legacy. Not only is he the inaugural boss in the series, but he is one of the few antagonists who seems to not be under Cortex's thumb. He is merely annoyed by Crash's presence. The tribesman also appears to have some connection to Uka Uka and perhaps even Aku Aku.
Crash Bash confirms that Uka Uka and Papu Papu are quite chummy, while the latter and Aku Aku speak the same language.
5 Their Mutant Phase
Crash of the Titans and Mind over Mutant are among the weirder Crash Bandicoot games. They pushed the franchise into the brawler genre and the latter even tried non-linear level design. They also gave Uka Uka and Aku Aku completely different aesthetics, and the two look almost nothing alike in these games.
Now, it should be said that both characters have been known to receive modified designs, but the Mutant games marked a strange phase in their histories.
4 Their Powers
As brothers, Aku Aku and Uka Uka share many of the same powers. Although it would not be fully explored until the Mutant games, the brothers can actively possess people. Aku Aku proved as much by allowing Crash to take over the Titans in Crash of the Titans, but Uka Uka has been known to take control of Cortex on occasion.
In Crash Bandicoot: Warped, Aku Aku and Uka Uka also did their best Dragon Ball impression by engaging in a beam struggle to nearly destroyed both Cortex and Crash.
3 Uka Uka Has Won
As a villain seeking to take over the world, Uka Uka's chances of coming out victorious are basically zilch, at least in the main titles. Crash Bash, a party game that allows players to join Aku Aku or Uka Uka's dueling teams, is an exception.
If the campaign is completed as part of Uka Uka's group, the mask ends up taking the crystals' energy for himself, evolving into such a powerful being that Aku Aku has no choice but to admit defeat. Uka Uka has a victory to his name.
2 They Are Not Above Teaming Up
Aku Aku and Uka Uka have seemingly been mortal enemies forever. They exist to oppose each other, with one representing good and the other evil. That said, if the stars happened to align, the brothers are willing to co-exist, even if only temporary.
Crash Twinsanity's villains are the Evil Twins, two parrots who were accidentally sent to another dimension by Cortex. They return for revenge and to make the world their own. Annoyed by these newbies encroaching on his turf, Uka Uka agrees to team up with Aku Aku to take on the Twins. They lose, naturally.
1 The Ancients
Overall, little has been revealed about the origins of Uka Uka and Aku Aku and the nature of their powers, but Crash Bash did introduce the concept of The Ancients. Now, in all truth, The Ancients are almost a complete mystery, with the spin-off game only clarifying that they would stop Aku Aku and Uka Uka from fighting.
They were also responsible for locking up the Elementals in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex. Considering Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time appears to ignore everything past Naughty Dog's games, The Ancients might no longer exist.
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