If you skip the crystal at the end of a stage, Cortex will be annoyed and demand you re-enter the stage and retrieve it. If you skip it again, Cortex will be upset and remind you what the crystal looks like and have you go back. Should you skip it again, Cortex will be furious and remind you one more time to get the crystal. If skipped a fourth time, Cortex will reset the process of obtaining the crystals all over again.
In the Warp Room with Polar in it, if you jump on Polar 10 times, you get 10 lives.
Tiny Tiger was originally named Taz Tiger, since it was based off the extinct animal Thylacine, better known as the Tasmanian Tiger. His name was change possibly because it was to avoid any legal issues with Warner Bros., since there was another character that goes by the name of Taz, the Tasmanian Devil.
In the North American release, when you pause the game in the middle of Tiny's boss fight. His name reads Taz Tiger. This was a mistake Naughty Dog left behind and it was fixed in the European release.
Weeks before Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back was released in Japan, a murder was committed in Japan in which the murderer left only the head and feet of the victim. Because of this, a death animation that involved Crash being pressed down to merely a head and feet had to be cut from the Japanese release, in fear that the Japanese would find it tasteless due to said real-life murder.
Contributed By: ZeoKnight.
Hidden within the bookshelves in the Ripper Roo boss level, thick game guides for Crash Bandicoot 1 can be found.
The body slam attack has a larger destruction radius in PAL copies. This may be to avoid a known glitch where Crash can become stuck in crates.
Contributed By: Shotgunnova.
Dr. N. Cortex: (maniacal laughter) The crystals, of course! D'OH!
Contributed By: ABXYLR.
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