PlayStation Classic — Which Region Has the Better Version of the Mini-Console?

Who has the better lineup of games on the PlayStation Classic: Japan or the west?

on October 29, 2018 2:35 PM

After initially unveiling the PlayStation Classic earlier this year, Sony today finally announced the full list of titles that will be coming to the mini-console for those of us here in western markets.

Regardless of whether you think it’s missing out on such classic games like Crash BandicootSpyro the Dragon, or Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, it’s still a relatively solid slate of games for Sony to put on the device. Not to mention, most of those aforementioned titles that many have stated are missing from the console have seemed to have had recent remasters that have come to PS4 already, so their non-inclusion on the PlayStation Classic does make sense from Sony’s perspective.

In case you haven’t seen it already, here’s the full list that we’ll be getting in the west:

  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Destruction Derby
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Jumping Flash
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Mr. Driller
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  • Rayman
  • Resident Evil: Director’s Cut
  • Revelations: Persona
  • R4: Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tekken 3
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Twisted Metal
  • Wild Arms

What many soon realized after the announcement of the PlayStation Classic lineup over here for us here in North America and Europe is that Japan would be getting a pretty different lineup altogether. While standout titles like Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil (otherwise known as Biohazard in Japan) would still be present, Japan-only releases like Arc the Lad and Parasite Eve would be hitting the Japanese version of the PlayStation Classic in favor of some others that we’ll be getting.

Here’s the full list of games hitting Japan’s iteration of the PSOne Classic:

  • Arc the Lad
  • Arc the Lad 2
  • Armored Core
  • Biohazard Director’s Cut (Resident Evil)
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • G Darius
  • Gradius Gaiden
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Jumping Flash
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Mr. Driller
  • Parasite Eve
  • Revelations: Persona
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • SaGa Frontier
  • Super Puzzle Fighter IIX
  • Tekken 3
  • Toshinden (Battle Arena Toshinden)
  • Wild Arms
  • XI [sái] (Devil Dice)

So I turn to you, DualShockers faithful, and open the floor up to your thoughts — which of these versions of the PlayStation Classic is better? Do you prefer the one we’ll be getting here in NA and EU or is the Japanese lineup superior?

Or, maybe you’re like me and prefer option #3, which would be to just download most of these old games as PS1 Classics on your PS Vita. This is probably the least-costly option of the three, and hey, you can even take your PS1 games on the go with you. Long live the Vita.

Be sure to let us know down in the comments which version you think has the superior lineup and whether or not you’re still interested in purchasing this thing once it launches on December 3.

 /  Reviews Editor
Logan Moore is the Reviews Editor around these parts and believes that Super Mario Odyssey is the best Mario game ever created.