My wife and I have been wanting to buy the NES Classic Edition and the Super NES Classic Edition consoles. Then news came out that PlayStation was going to make a classic version of the PlayStation One, which I was super excited about.
Like most items of this nature, what games are put on it is the huge selling point. My mind wandered with what could be included. I figured Chrono Cross wouldn’t be or Chrono Trigger via a redone Final Fantasy Chronicles. Crash Bandicoot being on there would make it an easier sell for my wife, though we own the trilogy through the PS4. I adored Legend of Mana, still the only Mana game I’ve played, and thought that could have a chance of being part of the set as it is (or was?) a popular franchise for a time. Looking over the list of PlayStation One games over at Wikipedia, I’m starting to think I hardly played the system but I recall spending hours upon months with it so I’m not sure. Maybe I just played six games and moved onto the PS2?
I enjoyed Pac-Man World, that series got better with future games.
PaRappa the Rapper, I thought had a great chance of being included as I still like to kick, punch, chop, and maintain a funky flow.
I attempted Paradise Eve but wasn’t good at it or there was a disconnect.
Was there only one Marvel vs. Street Fighter game? I played that one a bunch too, but I figured the rights to the characters would make that a hard one to get released now. I played that one and X-Men vs. Street Fighter, I thought there were at least two games.
We got one of the Rampage games, not sure which one, most likely, World Tour.
There we go. Activision’s first two Spider-Man games, self-titled and Enter Electro, With the success of Sony’s latest Spider-Man game, I thought there was a slight chance the first Spider-Man game could make it onto the list. I was searching the web for any news about Spider-Man when it was coming out, I remember being in a summer camp program and just using all of the limited computer time searching information on Spider-Man. Of course, no one else wanted to talk about it or even knew the game was coming out. It was that game and the first X-Men movie that was stealing all of my focus.
My other great love of PlayStation One was Star Ocean : Second Story, that’s the game I legit played so much! I was a huge RPG fan back in the day and I devoted so much time playing it and drinking Apple Juice and eating Yogurt covered Raisins. Which was my go to gaming food for a long time.
I tried Tomb Raider but couldn’t get into it for whatever reason, same for Twisted Metal.
I did have the WWE games that came out in a yearly fashion. They got a lot better with time.
There was also a snow racing game but googling that did not get me any results that matched my memory.
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The first five games they announced, of the 20, were:
Final Fantasy VII – which makes sense as people love that game. I picked Chrono Trigger so I have no real connection to Final Fantasy. Even when I got VI with Chrono Trigger, I attempted it but didn’t get too far into it.
Jumping Flash – I never heard of it
Ridge Racer Type 4 – It sounded familiar
Tekken 3 – Which I did attempt but I’m not much of a fighter gamer.
Wild Arms – Which my buddy Greg was way into and it looked interesting being a Western RPG, like a cowboy western and not Western world.
So a Final Fantasy game I wouldn’t mind playing after decades of hype and Wild Arms were the big sellers to me. But the other three seem questionable, so it wasn’t like someone would google “Top 25 PlayStation One games” and just assume those were the 20 games.
Then we got the entire list and it seems like a head scratcher to me.
Battle Arena Toshinden – Never heard of it
Cool Boarders 2 – Never heard of it
Destruction Derby – Never heard of it
Grand Theft Auto – which I’ll be super interested in attempting but I worry it’ll be like playing Fallout 1 after playing 3, it is a completely different game with different mechanics and interface.
Intelligent Qube – Never heard of it
Metal Gear Solid – I tried my best to get into IV but just couldn’t, and I tried for hours. The first one is pretty legendary though.
Mr. Driller – Never heard of it
Oddworld : Abe’s Oddysee – sounds cute, just from the title.
Rayman – I have Raymen Legends for the PS4 but haven’t even attempted it, but it’ll be nice to play the game that launched the franchise.
Resident Evil Director’s Cut – I’m not much of a zombie guy and I haven’t played any Resident Evil game but playing the first one, that is also pretty legendary, would be nice.
Revelations : Persona – Persona sounds familiar
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo – Never heard of, that title could use some work
Syphon Filter – Never heard of it
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six – I’m not much of a fighter, racing, nor first person shooter gamer, but here’s another game I wouldn’t mind playing the beginning of another mega franchise.
So out of 20 games, maybe seven games I want to play? For $100, that might be too much. None of them are games I have played myself so that isn’t great. I like how, for the general public, there is something there for everybody. Five marque names, a fighting game, a racing game, a zombie game, and a platformer, those are not bad. Heck, there even is an RPG so that satisfies an itch I’ve been having lately.
So we’ll probably be passing on this, until it is like a $50 item.
Goliath listed their top 25 games for the PlayStation One:
Chrono Cross came in at 24 (so the list is pretty questionable 😀 )
Spider-Man at 22 might actually confirm the questionability of the list.
It does list games that are on the Classic so that’s good to read a paragraph regarding games like Oddword : Abe’s Oddysee.
PaRappa the Rapper at 15.
Spryo not being on there goes back to my theory about remakes not making the list. Tony Hawk goes towards my other theory that it might be licensing issues.
Nice that two of the top five games, Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy VII made it the PlayStation One Classic.
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Now, the NES Classic is up our alleys. This does not disappoint at all!
Double Dragon II : The Revenge (I’m not sure if I’ve played this one)
ExciteBike (which I used to put quarters into at the arcade but I’m not sure I actually owned it on the Nintendo)
Mega Man 2
Super Mario Bros 1, 2, and 3
Legend of Zelda 1 and 2
I mean, just putting all of the Mario games and both Zelda games probably made this a guarantee seller. I’ve seen it at Shopko for $50 and twice have passed up on it but now that a copy can sit on the shelf for a week, I may have to throw down fifty and pick it up. I would definitely be getting my moneys worth from it.
Then the American exclusive ones got:
Castlevania II : Simon’s Quest
Donkey Kong Jr.
Final Fantasy (which we bought at a yard sell and I totally used the previous guy’s game file to first experience the game with)
With a few other games I’ve heard of but would eventually play too.
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With the huge success of the Nintendo Classic, of course they would make a Super Nintendo Classic.
My only thought was, if they put Chrono Trigger on it, I’ll throw down the pre-order money, as soon as they teased it. So me not owning it right now, should be a sign that Chrono Trigger didn’t make the list, which is a super shame! As it would work perfectly on this as opposed to the PlayStation Classic (I would imagine they would improve on the load times, right?).
It still has some pretty great games on it though!
Donkey Kong Country
Final Fantasy VI (they were so close!)
Kirby Super Star
Legend of Zelda : Link to the Past
Mega Man X
Secret of Mana (I would love to play the first game of this franchise, not like I was lost with Legend of Mana)
Star Fox 1 and 2
Super Mario Kart
Super Mario RPG
Super Mario World 1 & 2
Again, just being able to play the Mario games, plus one Zelda game makes this a must buy. I’m not the biggest Link guy, as I chose Mario back in the day, I still chose Mario, we’re a Mario house – minus us owning a Switch but one of these days.
Then the American exclusive got the following games:
Kirby’s Dream Course
Street Fighter II Turbo : Hyper Fighting
Super Castlevania IV
Super Punch Out!!
Which I adored EarthBound and would gladly play that game again.
I don’t have much connection with the N64, as I had moved to PlayStation after that and have pretty much stuck with them every since. We’ll supplement it with a Wii and WiiPlus, and I’ll accept an XBOX 360 as a gift, and have plans for the Switch, but I’m a Sony guy. Nintendo is great for family games though. I do like how they are still committed to platformers.
We owned like three games for the N64, and one of those was a WWE game, No Mercy, and I pretty much only played that. We didn’t have Mario 64 or GoldenEye but I was able to play GoldenEye at a friend’s house. I played Mario 64 on the DS and that wasn’t ideal. I’m not sure if it was a problem with the port or if that’s how the actual game was, so I missed out on that. I also missed out on Mario Sunshine too.
If they made a PlayStation 2 Classic, I’ll be curious about that but with the let down of what the One is like, I’m not sure.
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Has anyone had any luck with the Sega Genesis Classic Game Console?
Usually it goes for like $20 or something which makes it seem like it’ll be a pretty cheap product but for that price, it would be worth a risk. Plus, just keep the receipt and return it if it isn’t quality.
81 games and two controllers sounds pretty good. You get the Sonic games and Mortal Kombat seems to be the main games of interest.
Atari also has put out a similarly priced product with 105 games that I’ve seen around plenty of times. Pit Fall and Maze Craze would be the two games I want on it but I’m not sure if Maze Craze is on the list. It might not be as if it was, we would own it but maybe it is. My wife is a huge fan of those two games.
My wife got me the Ms. Pac-Man plug n play for Christmas and that was pretty nice. I think she spent too much on it and I wished it had a couple other games included as I turn it on, I play my four (five?) lives and then turn it off, so it can be a fun five minutes or twenty minutes, then I just lose interest or want to google a gif of the cut scenes moments.
I have been tempted to buy the Ms. Pac-Man game for the PS4 but I have a hard enough time pulling the trigger on buying a $20 or $25 PSN card but if I can ever justify it (or be gifted it), I’ll throw four dollars towards Ms. Pac-Man.
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I was going to buy a PSN card to get the season pass for Batman Arkham Knight but now I’m back to wanting to buy a few smaller things like the Ninja Turtle pack and Batman in LittleBigPlanet 3 and keep some money in the wallet for other small purchases. Or just buy the story and costume content and not the additional challenges in Arkham Knight but the costumes come with challenges so I should just buy the season pass. What I need is a $50 one and buy everything I want and not even have an issue with anything. Oh, the goals I have!