I don't agree with your ND example... you said yourself they have been making their reputation since Crash, so it wasn't a single hit that made they famous...
You could say it about Minecraft and PUBG though.
Or even Bungie that with Halo jumped from 0 to 100 straight.
duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"
Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"
Azzanation: "PS5 wouldn't sold out at launch without scalpers."