The Japanese PlayStation Classic Has A Much Better Line-Up Of Games And Includes ‘Armored Core’

The Japanese version of the upcoming PlayStation Classic.Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Following the recent announcement of the PlayStation Classic micro-console, we now know the system’s line-up of games. However, the Japanese version has a much better selection and even includes Armored Core.

While Paul Tassi has already written up the U.S. version’s gaming line-up, it’s pretty clear that the Japanese version wins out by quite a margin.

For your reference, here is the full line-up of games for the Japanese PlayStation Classic.

  • Arc the Lad
  • Arc the Lad 2
  • Armored Core
  • Biohazard Director’s Cut
  • Final Fantasy VII International
  • G-Darius
  • Gradius Gaiden
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Jumping Flash
  • Megami Ibunroku Persona: Be Your True Mind
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Mr. Driller
  • Parasite Eve
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • SaGa Frontier
  • Super Puzzle Fighter IIX
  • Tekken 3
  • Toshinden
  • Wild Arms
  • XI [sái]

The main takeaways for me are that the Japanese version gets the first two Arc the Lad games, Parasite Eve, G-Darius and Gradius Gaiden.

While it would have been nice to include R-Type Delta as well, I am more than happy to see the original Armored Core listed.

This was an important game in Japan and had a wide influence on both other mecha games and mecha anime at the time (shown above).

With unique mecha designs by Shoji Kawamori, you could customize your mecha, called armored cores or ACs, into whatever configuration you wished.

That meant you had to balance out two major parts of the game, your mecha customization and how you piloted it.

These controls were quite complex, as the button configuration was comprehensive, to say the least, and resulted in a steep learning curve.

Considering that the PlayStation 4 doesn’t support backwards compatibility and doesn’t offer a digital version as per the PlayStation 3 Classics releases, it’s nice to know that the first Armored Core game will be widely available yet again in the near future.

Anyway, the PlayStation Classic is released in Japan on December 3 for 9,980 yen (or around $89).

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