As time inched closer to the PlayStation Classic's release, it seemed inevitable that we'd get its full lineup any day now. Today, it turned out, was that day. And it's not great, at least for North America and Europe. Meanwhile, Japan gets a drastically different 20-game lineup, with eight games in particular that diverge from our stateside list.
Japan's lineup for the PlayStation Classic includes Parasite Eve, two Arc the Lad games, Saga Frontier, Armored Core, G-Darius, Gradius Gaiden, and Devil Dice. Japan's roster for the PlayStation Classic stands out a lot more than the one we'll get the chance to get in December. The PlayStation was a great console for RPGs, and the Japanese lineup directly reflects that. While the European and North American version has a nice variety, it does have some huge gaps compared to its counterpart across the Pacific—in particular in omitting, well, all of the above.
A couple months ago, when the PlayStation Classic was first unveiled, we cooked up our own wish list for the final 15 spots. Pretty much nothing we suggested made it on, with the exception of Arc the Lad making its way to the… Japan version. It's a disappointment that our version pales so much in comparison to Japan's. So if you want to get a loved one a nice surprise for the holidays, you better look into importing.