Sony may be totally done with handhelds at the moment, but at least one iconic PSP franchise is having yet another encore on console. On January 30, Sony is releasing a remastered version of Patapon 2 on the PS4 for $14.99.
Patapon 2 builds on the rhythm-based combat of the 2007 original, expanding the amount of customization available for your army of Patapon warriors. If you never got to play the first game on the PSP, a remastered version of it was released for the PS4 in 2017. As with the PS4 remasters of PaRappa the Rapper and LocoRoco, both Patapon and Patapon 2's assets have been redone for 4K support on the PS4 Pro.
It's nice to see Sony make PSP greats like Patapon available for a new audience. While PlayStation president and CEO Jim Ryan has made it clear that Sony considers the Vita the end of its handheld gaming legacy for now, Patapon and LocoRoco deserve better than only being left playable on a handheld from yesteryear.
Of course, as hackers discovered with the remastered version of PaRappa, it's also possible to emulate other PSP games on a PS4—but that's an option to pursue at your own risk.
If you want to have the full Patapon experience, you'll still need a way to play PSP games or will just have to hope that Sony also ports 2011's Patapon 3 at a later date. Maybe if the remaster of Patapon 2 drums up enough attention (sorry), Sony will finish bringing the whole trilogy forward.