Crash Bandicoot shipped!Universal Interactive, Inc., a studio of Vivendi Universal Publishing, announced today that Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex(TM) for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft has shipped to retailers nationwide. Developed by U.K.-based Travellers Tales, Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex for Xbox follows the same high-energy storyline as Universal Interactives popular holiday 2001 release of Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award 2002. Crash travels by land, sea and air to defeat his arch-nemesis and creator, the evil Dr. Neo Cortex. Composed of more than 30 levels, the new title features the most realistic special effects ever seen in a Crash game. Vibrant graphics, real-time lighting and shadows, and even a new furry coat for gamings favorite marsupial are made possible by the enhanced graphical capabilities of the Xbox hardware. Level load times have been significantly reduced. Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex offers exceptional replayability with more than 40 hours of gameplay, multiple play modes, real-time sequences and five new bosses. "Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex for Xbox is a perfect example of Universal Interactives commitment to publishing quality interactive entertainment across multiple platforms," said Jim Wilson, president of Universal Interactive. "Travellers Tales has done an excellent job maximizing the power of the hardware to create a title that Xbox gamers will enjoy." Crash Bandicoot is among the best-selling character-based game franchises in the history of the PlayStation® game console. The Crash Bandicoot franchise has sold more than 25 million units worldwide, with more than 11 million units sold in North America alone.