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Japanese PlayStation Store Heading Towards Virtual Console?

You know, all we could say when seeing this was something along the lines of, "Hey. HEY. Heeeeeeey...!" I'm gonna move to Japan.

If you weren't already aware, there are an absurd number of original PlayStation classics on the Japanese Store; there are so many, just sitting there, waiting to be downloaded. North American gamers have nowhere near as many and our European friends have even less. But to add to the irritation, it now seems as if the Japanese PSN is expanding beyond the PlayStation realm: according to Joystiq, Sony has announced four PC Engine (Turbografx-16) titles that will be added to the already-immense library of downloadable classics on the Japanese Store: Bomberman '94, New Adventure Island, Sengoku Mahjong and Devil's Crush. Each will retail for 600 yen, which is about the same price of games on the Wii Virtual Console. Like most stuff on the PSN, they will be playable on both the PS3 and PSP, and it seems clear that Sony may make further strides towards a Virtual Console of their own. The only problem is, we may never see it in this country, which would be a definite drawback... Just think of all the games out there that might end up on the Store!

If you eliminate the PlayStation restriction, we could nab titles from all over the damn place. What old Nintendo or Sega titles would you pay for? How many old classics would you buy? For a cheap price, I'd pick up more than a few...

7/15/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (31 posts)

GuernicaReborn
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 11:19:44 AM
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I've been dying to play Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition and Chrono Trigger again. I still have most of my old games, as well as all the consoles. But these two I can't find, and I want to play them again. That would be cool. As for the Japan PSN, I may have to make a new account...

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bamf
Saturday, July 18, 2009 @ 8:34:19 PM

I hate the way the PSN isn't global. SCEE should top sitting on their hands and catch up with at least NA PSN

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Buckeyestar
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 11:23:00 AM
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Chrono Trigger for PS3/PSP would be a day 1 buy for me. I really don't understand why other regions are getting shafted when there's so much on the Japanese store.

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Natalisrubbish
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 11:32:21 AM
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S.O.B. That sounds awesome, it is really ashame we in the American PSN will more than likely not be receiving as many classic games as Japan. Well, here's to f****** hoping!

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Highlander
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 11:52:12 AM

Have you looked at the library of games (all of them, PSN, PS3, PSP and PS1 classics combined)on the US PS Store recently, it's actually quite large. Surprisingly so. And then theres the add-on content....

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Highlander
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 11:47:51 AM
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Why not in this country or Europe Ben?

Technically, the PS3 is a powerhouse that should be able to emulate anything up to and including the PS2. So a virtual console should be well within it's grasp, if it has to work on the PSP as well, then the performance targets will be a bit lower, but the PSP is a very capable computational device in it's own right, and should be able to emulate a lot of systems.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 12:27:19 PM

I really have no idea. I wish I knew why we didn't get the same stuff.

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Highlander
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 1:06:41 PM

I Gotcha, I just thought maybe you were implying that there were issues (other than technical) that might prevent such a 'virtual console' from being offered in Europe or NA.

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jaybiv
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 12:02:14 PM
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Original Tecmo Bowl and RBI. Get those two on PSN and it's a wrap for me.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 12:28:17 PM
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For those of you looking to play Chrono Trigger again, remember that it was included on Final Fantasy Chronicles for the PS1. That might be cheaper and easier to find than the original CT.

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PS3addict
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 12:51:12 PM

Target has it for 19 and amazon has it for 16.. I may need to buy this. Is it better than the SNES version? Just asking, 'cause that is the only version I played.

Wow, OK there are a lot of differences I just found out.... Gonna have to get this now!

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PS3addict
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 2:32:49 PM

I just found it locally at Fry's electronics for $14.99. They have 4 copies in stock.

Here is the link to order it online:

http://www.frys.com/product/3029749

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 2:54:50 PM

I played it through on my PS2 and I didn't have any issues. And yeah, there are a few little extras. :)

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PS3addict
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 12:29:46 PM
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Maybe we could get "Mr. Bones" from the Sega Saturn. I loved that game!! I would actually just be happy to get all of the games that japan currently has. Is this a licencing issue or what? I do not understand how one country can get a game while others can not IE Outrun online. Ireland has it, but USA does not? anyone know why this is and is there a loophole or an experation date on it??

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Highlander
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 1:09:51 PM

Copyright and contract laws that apply to specific countries, and an exclusivity clause or two are your most likely reasons for the PS3 (PSN) version of Outrun being available in Europe but not NA. After all the XBL version made it to the US....

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Hexen
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 12:34:05 PM
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MK Trilogy,Moonwalker and Sonic CD would feed my appetite.I don't get why there isn't any Sega games on PSN and everyone else gets plenty.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 2:26:31 PM

There's a Sega Genesis pack here in the US.

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dlte
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 1:22:33 PM
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Sonic 2

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 2:27:50 PM
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There must be some evil laws in the way because there would be much money to be had by all if classics were spread around at cheap prices.

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Alienange
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 2:58:27 PM
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If Sony starts offering classic Nintendo games well... that would be a veeeery scary day for Nintendo.

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Highlander
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 4:31:00 PM

Wouldn't they need to come to an agreement with Nintendo to avoid copyright issues either in the games or in the firmware that the emulator runs?

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Banky A
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 8:42:49 PM

I presume they would.

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Alienange
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 4:35:26 PM

Ben says the Playstation restriction would have to be lifted. I don't know what that is and I'm sure even without it we wouldn't get Mario and Zelda, but not everything belonged to Nintendo in the old days.

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PS3addict
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 3:35:38 PM
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Great, so we only have to wait 95 years for the copyrights to expire??? I swear if I owned a older game regardless of the original system it was published on, I would want to make some additional money of of it...

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alnemozac
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 4:24:45 PM
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Bring me Golden eye from the N64 is all I have to say

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Hexen
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 4:42:21 PM

Nintendo would have a hard time getting Goldeneye in the VC let alone Sony.

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RadioHeader
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 5:59:50 PM

Yeah I'll take Goldeneye, and Diddy Kong Racer :)
...unlikely, but I wanna revisit those two some time.

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tlpn99
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 6:59:48 PM
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That 2nd picture was deffo Wonderboy I had that game on my Commodore 64 lol :)

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Skatejimmy5
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 9:12:17 AM
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I'd love some Earthworm Jim, and maybe even Jazz Jackrabbit.

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daus26
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 11:15:14 AM
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Are these games remastered for HD display? If so, I would love to revisit my N64 days with Banjo, Donkey Kong, and Star Fox 64 to name a few. There are so many Nintendo games I adore in the N64 days. Too bad it isn't the same with the Wii.

I've seen many classic nintendo games such as Super Mario Bros. already playable on a psp. I would like the ability to play it on a big tv though.

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SerichA
Friday, July 17, 2009 @ 1:41:36 PM
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It can easily happen with non-Nintendo stuff.

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