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PlayStation "Classic"
« on: October 07, 2018, 11:48:18 PM »
So Sony announced the PS1 "Classic" a couple weeks ago, to get in on Nintendo's action with NES/SNES mini.

It's a lot less interesting to me for multiple reasons;

1) Every PS2 & PS3 can play PS1 games (and there are a still plenty of working PS1 consoles around too)
2) It's 10 years more recent than the NES
3) It comes with the original digital-only PS1 controllers - I'm sure this is because they're cheaper to make, and also so they can put out a second one later with the DualShock analog controllers
4) For me personally, I've still got a ton of PS1 games and still play them on my PS3

The NES Classic also had the "advantage" that every NES other than the top-loading models wore out and won't read carts properly (a major design flaw I don't think Nintendo ever even acknowledged and certainly never offered to fix).

Still, I'd consider the PS1 classic depending on the game library it comes with - I think they've still only announced 5 out of 20 titles that are supposed to be included?


So on to "Classic" systems I'd like to see;

An N64 classic is a no-brainer - there are so few "essential" N64 titles that all or most of them could be included. The problem here is going to be cost - beefier emulation hardware + analog controllers required, and probably 4 controller ports.

They can save money by only packing in 1 controller - but then, does anyone really want that damn awkward, uncomfortable N64 controller again?

Something like the Hori N64 controller would be preferable - maybe a more modernized version;



But that ain't gonna happen.

Other than that, a good-quality Genesis mini would do well - the existing ones are all hot garbage. Problem there is, how many of the best Genesis games were 1st party Sega titles? Not a problem Nintendo has.

What I'd like to see personally, and what would make a Genesis classic a more appealing prospect would be if they had built-in "Power Base Converter" then throw 30-40 Genesis games on it and ANOTHER 20-40 Sega Master System games on it. The Power Base Converter could even be included as a plastic part that fits in the fake cart slot. I don't expect that they'll actually do this mind you, just what I'd like to see (and I'd buy one if they did). It should also come with the 6-button version of controllers.

There's already a Neo-Geo mini, but it seems pretty dire;

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Other than that... I don't really give a crap about the Atari 2600, 5200 or 7800, nor the Intellivision or Colecovision. Don't think anyone wants a Jaguar "classic" either.

A Sega Saturn mini with a good selection of games - I'd be up for getting one of those, but it did so poorly in North America though that it seems unlikely.

Dreamcast is probably a bridge too far in regards to small/cheap emulation, and by the PS2 the game file sizes were getting large enough that putting them on flash memory (at least in 2018) may not yet be cost effective, plus again, beefier, more expensive hardware.

Any others that need the classic/mini treatment?

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Re: PlayStation "Classic"
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2018, 12:48:42 AM »
This probably belongs more in the "Classic Video Games" sub, if anyone wants to move it (I can't).

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Re: PlayStation "Classic"
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2018, 04:02:32 PM »
I'm sure Nintendo will get to the N64 classic at some point. It's more complicated to replicate/emulate but not Impossible especially if they can work around the specific games and make modifications where needed.

Not sure on the PSX classic either. What games will it have? Most of the PSX games aren't that expensive to acquire and as you said.. the PS2 and PS3 are all backwards compatible. I was just playing a PSX game on my PS3 the other night.

It's like this new Castlevania set that is coming out for the PS4.. I believe it has Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood in the collection. I still have my Symphony of the Night PSX disc and another PSX Castlevania collection with Rondo of Blood so it's like.. what's the point? Better have good extras.

But we'll see what games are on it.. if it costs $70 the games better be worth significantly more than $70.. ie lots of JRPGs, etc. But even those show up for sale on the PSN

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Re: PlayStation "Classic"
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2018, 04:21:43 AM »
A 32X "classic" would be a perfect fit too, since the game library was so small - just about everything could be included. Would use the same cheap digital pads as a Genesis/Genesis mini too. Same thing for the Saturn, except for "Nights" - but they could easily leave that one out, even if it was one of the few stand-out Saturn titles.

Not gonna happen, but a 32X mini could really work well. No obnoxious nest of cables connecting it to the Genesis either.

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Re: PlayStation "Classic"
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2018, 09:17:23 AM »
I think the problem with the 32x is the small library plus a lot of the games were licensed products which would be impossible to re-release.

Saturn would be cool but once again it's complicated hardware. Sega is at least kicking Atgames to the curb so maybe the new Genesis mini will be better for it.