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Japanese Store update is filled with Chocobo


The Japanese don't want one Chocobo themed game -- they want two. And that's exactly what they're getting this week on their PS Store update. Five new PS1 games are available for 600 yen each, and two of them are about Square Enix's notorious yellow mascots. Here they are:
  • Grille Logic
  • Dice de Chocobo
  • Chocobo Stallion
  • Arkanoid Returns
  • Yamasa Digi Selection
[Via Siliconera]

Sony exec admits 'we haven't done enough with third parties' for PS1 downloads


Where are all the PS1 games? We chatted with SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida about the lack of PS1 downloadable titles in America, and he admitted it frankly: "I'd like to see more games on that as well ... we haven't done enough with third party publishers."

In Japan, companies like Square Enix and Konami have supported the PSN by re-releasing treasured PS1 classics onto the PS Store. However, the rest of the world's catalog has been quite lacking. Yoshida explained that these digital downloads don't offer much profit, calling the potential monies "insignificant." He also noted that there are many issues involving licensing, especially with the music found in older games. That usually adds to the difficulty of bringing back PS1 games.

While lamenting the lack of PS1 support on the PSN, he did ask us a favor: "Maybe if you can convince the third parties."

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Ehrgeiz, Brave Fencer Musashi on Japanese PSN

Six more titles have popped up on the Japanese PSN. Two most of note are from Square Enix. One being a pretty good game in Brave Fencer Musashi and the other being the abysmal Ehrgeiz which is only interesting for the cameo FFVII characters. The other four games are b.l.u.e. Legend of Water, Raycrisis, Wizard's Harmony R, and Aquanaut's Holiday: Memories of Summer 1996.

A game like Ehrgeiz might be a game that's good to pick up for collectors and Final Fantasy freaks. This blogger owned the Japanese version back in the day and it's quite English friendly as most fighting games are. Just remember, to buy games off the Japanese store you need a Japanese account and a Japanese PSN card to load funds.

[Via PSP GadgetZ]

Square Enix to release PS1 classics, begins with Xenogears


According to a NeoGAF posting, this month's Dengeki PlayStation reveals the very first PS1 games Square Enix will revive on the Japanese PSN. The titles will be available for 600 yen each, and will begin releasing in Japan today. There are twelve titles planned, starting with Xenogears. However, there are a number of other titles to be released today, such as Einhander, Astronoka, Rakugaki Showtime, Raystorm and Fighters Impact. While none of these titles feature the words "Final" or "Fantasy" in them, many are considered classics of the PS1 era. Titles like Xenogears can be pretty rare, so these re-releases are of great convenience to those that missed them at first. At only 600 yen each, this is an incredible bargain, especially when one considers the ability to play these downloadables on both the PS3 and on the go with the PSP.

Unfortunately, SCEA and Square Enix USA haven't announced any similar plans to release English language versions of these classics. We hope that they follow suit soon.

[Thanks, Noshino!]

Japanese PSN updates with six more PS1 titles

Japan is getting more PS1 classics added to the PSN. Among the new titles are: Jade Cocoon, an RPG; Crash Team Racing, obviously it's Crash Bandicoot plus go-karts; and lastly, Acid which is ... er, we don't know. It's said to be an action title -- if that helps. There are also three slot machine games at ¥300. That's half price off the normal ¥600 the other games are going for.

News of six new PS1 games for Japan is quite a huge contrast to North America's ... zero. While it would certainly be ideal to have more vintage games on our side of the earth, we still need to remember that a tangled web of legalities are what's keeping things from moving further. Rights and ownership to digital content ... is there any program that can be implemented to speed up such processes?

[Via PSP GadgetZ]

Don't Underestimate the Power of PlayStation: 10 best ads



Perhaps our previous feature on the ten worst PlayStation ads has left you with sleepless nights? We apologize for any bodily harm or psychological damage we may have caused you. You just need to remember that the history of PlayStation ads and campaigns is rich and rife with content. Sometimes these ads can be undeniable hits ... and sometimes they can be wayward misses. You just have to learn to take the good with the bad.

Like we promised, we're now presenting our top ten best PlayStation brand ads to balance out our previous feature. Are these good ones as memorable as the awful ones? Or are they not shocking enough to deserve your attention? You'll find out soon, won't you?

Bomberman plus three other PS1 titles blast onto PSN

Four more PS1 classics are hitting the Japanese PSN. The most notable one of the lot is Hudson's Bomberman. What's good about this title is that you can pick it up from the Japanese store and you can still play it just fine without any knowledge of the Japanese language. Playing it on the PS3 shouldn't cause any problems but playing on the PSP means that multi-player won't be possible.

The other three games include Lord Monarch and Wizard's Harmony 2 which are both strategy RPGs. The last is Dig-a-Dig Pukka, a digging game. All titles are ¥600 ($5.73) each.

[Via Siliconera]

Policenauts storms Japanese PS Store


In preparation of Metal Gear Solid 4's release, Konami has unleashed a Kojima classic onto the PSN. No, not the original Metal Gear Solid (that's already available in Japan!). It's Policenauts. This is one of Kojima's earlier works: a graphic adventure game, similar to Kojima's Snatcher. Through its point and click interface, players take control of a cryogenically frozen Jonathan Ingram, who wakes up in the year 2040. His estranged wife asks for his help in finding her missing second husband. After her murder, Jonathan has no choice but to use the clues provided to him and go on a journey through space to fulfill his dead wife's wish.

Kojima's Policenauts is joined by another PS1 title, Nectaris, in today's PSN update.

ESRB lists potential upcoming PS1 downloads


Reader Matt G. sent in a tip, detailing a number of PS1 titles rated by the ESRB that have yet to be released on PSP/PS3. These downloadable classics should arrive on the PSN some time in the future -- but when?
  • Wipeout XL (E)
  • Jet Moto 3 (E)
  • Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo (E)
  • Buster Bros. Collection (E)
  • Street Fighter Alpha (T) -- previously discovered, not released
  • Rayman (E)
  • Castlevania Chronicles (T) -- previously discovered, not released
SCEA has been slow to make PS1 classics available on the PS Store. We're eagerly awaiting a version of Puzzle Fighter we can take on the go.

Bloody Roar & shmups invade Japanese PSN

The Japanese PSN is updated yet again with a number of obscure games you've most likely never played. Many are shoot-em-ups, or shmups for short, and they're ideal for PSP play, no? Those with access to the Japanese Store can download for only 600 yen:
  • Wizard's Harmony
  • Pro-Mahjong Kiwame Tengensenhen
  • Joshikouki no Houkago... Pukunpa
  • Bloody Roar
  • Arcade Hits: Shienryu
[List via Siliconera]

Three more PS1 games on Japanese PSN

Three more PS1 titles grace the Japanese PlayStation Store. It seems they're back on track with the PS1 updates after taking a two-week hiatus for the store redesign. The three games are: Athena no Kateiban: Family Game, a board game; Magical Drop F, a puzzle game; and lastly, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage, an action platformer developed by Insomniac Games.

While the Japanese get back to building their downloadable PS1 catalog, what can we expect out of North America's PS1 offerings? Well, a store redesign not only means a graphical face lift; it could also symbolize a new direction with new content. With that in mind, let's hope the direction we're heading to means more PS1 games finding a place on the North American PlayStation Store, and a home on our PSPs.

Six PS1 games hit Japanese PSN


Several PS1 games have hit the Japanese PSN today. Six in total, actually. One of them was the previously announced Metal Gear Solid. It's a pretty diverse set of games, here's the full list:

  • Atelier Elie
  • Crash Bash (aka Crash Bandicoot Carnival)
  • Dezaemon Kids!
  • Master of Monsters: Disciples of Gaia
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Pro Mahjong Kiwame Plus II

That makes: one tactical espionage thriller in MGS, one RPG in Atelier Elie, a strategy adventure in Master of Monsters, Mahjong Plus II speaks for itself, Crash Bash is a party game, and Dezaemon Kids! is some sort of art title for children. Pretty nice list; however, MGS is top dog this week.

Metal Gear Solid downloadable hitting Japan soon


Perhaps to celebrate the release of the upcoming Metal Gear Solid 4, Konami's classic tactical espionage action game is hitting the PSN. The downloadable version of the original PS1 Metal Gear Solid will arrive in Japan on March 21st and will cost 600 yen. Hopefully, other territories will be able to get their Snake on as well.

[Thanks, Joseph C.!]

New PS1 games hit the Japanese PSN

Love obscure Japanese PS1 games? As both American and European PS Stores continue to get neglected with PS1 games, Japan continues to expand its library with four new titles this week:

Spyro the Dragon
Addie no Okurimono
Gakkou wo Tsukurou
Kawa no Nushi Tsuri

According to Siliconera, the most obscure title of the list, Addie no Okurimono, "is a puzzle game developed by Sony Computer Entertainment that gives players a Da Vinci Code-like toy to spell words." There's so many random games in Japan that just never come out here, huh?

Japanese PS Store update includes shoot-em-up creator

Japan's PLAYSTATION Store has been updated yet again with a number of PS1 games. Most interesting on today's update is Dezaemon Plus, a PS1 title that allows you to create your own shoot 'em up game. Spencer from Siliconera laments that there is no online sharing mode added to this release, because being able to share your game creations would've have been quite awesome. Also available this week for 600 yen each:
  • Dezaemon Plus
  • Pro Mahjong Kiwame Plus
  • Kuroi Hitomi no Noir ~ Cielgris Fantasm ~
  • Block Kuzoshi
  • WaiWai Kusayakyu

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