As quoted from the instruction manual:
On board a mysterious space station and orbiting high above planet Earth,
Cortex is putting the finishing touches on his latest and greatest achievement:
A shrinking ray of global proportions, this diabolical tool will literally
allow him to minimize the planet to a size barely larger than a grapefruit! The
Planetary Minimizer is linked to crystals and gems strategically placed in
various locales around the world. When executed, the ray will effectively
shrink EVERYTHING, even the Earth! It is a true ork of genius, as evil as it
Finally, the time has arrived, and he’s done it! A massive bolt jolts across
space in a blue arc, enveloping the planet and shrinking it to only a few yard
HAS CORTEX FINALLY WON?
As quoted from the game:
On a mysterious space station orbiting high above the earth...
Uka Uka: Cortex, remind me why I keep you around. You have failed me one too
Cortex: Uka Uka! Forgive me... I’ve been wasting all these years trying to
vanquish that brainless bandicoot! He is of no importance to us... We want to
take over the world!
Uka Uka: I’ve heard it all before, little scientist! What is so different this
Cortex: Trust me Uka, I have a little plan to bring earth’s puny inhabitants
down to size...
Cortex: At last, my planetary minimizer is complete! Earthlings will bow to my
superior intellect! Muahahahahaha! Finally, after all these years of abuse,
the tables have turned! Who’s the little guy now? I, Neo Cortex, am your
ruler. You will look up to me! Hahaha! I have finally won! Now nothing can
stop me, not even that little bandicoot!
Aku: Crash, Coco, the world needs your help. Cortex has shrunk our planet to
the size of a grapefruit. We must stop him.
Coco: It looks as if Cortex is using the crystals to power his shrinking
machine... Crash, if you can find the proper crystals from around the world, I
think I can build a device to reverse the effects.
Aku: Good luck crash. You must find the crystals so we can put an end to
Cortex’s evil scheme.
Cortex: You fool! It will take me forever to fix this mess!
Coco: Super! You got all the crystals! Let’s hope there’s enough power in
these to reverse Cortex’s dirty work.
Aku: Crash, you’ve done well... But Cortex is still a threat to us, as his
space station and planetary minimizer have not been destroyed. You must go
back and retrieve the gems and relics from each location.
Cortex: You idiot! What have you done? You have destroyed the stabilizer
crystals! The unrestrained power of the minimizer is highly unpredictable!
All enemies: Arrgh! Ahhh!!
Monster: What have you done to us?
Monster: You will pay little bandicoot!