Crash Bandicoot is finally getting some much deserved and over due love in the form of the remaster of the first three titles, aptly titled the N. Sane Trilogy.
With the release date almost upon us, it’s time to answer one of the most sought after questions. What does that mask Aku Aku in Crash Bandicoot actually say?
He’s there throughout the games, muttering what appears like utter garbage. You’ll be forgiven for thinking he was saying something like “ABOOGABOOGA”, but there’s actually a story to it:
The sound Aku Aku makes is gibberish and was never intended to mean anything,” Dave Baggett, Naughty Dog employee who wrote code for the series, said on a Quora thread. “That said, various people on the Crash team (and our friends and relatives) interpreted Aku Aku’s little noise as lots of funny things, the most common of which (in my recollection, at least) was ‘Rutabaga’.”
He also revealed the inspiration behind the famous Mask, saying it came from a Polynesian restaurant where he and his friends lived for a period of time.
It had a giant tiki statue out front and, as I recall, fairly terrible food,” he said. “This spot is now occupied by Jasper White’s Summer Shack, and the tiki statue has been converted to a fisherman.
The N. Sane trilogy releases exclusively on June 30 for the PS4.