Sony surprised a lot of fans earlier this week with the announcement of the PlayStation Classic, a pint sized version of the original PlayStation 1 console. Sony did confirm that the console would launch with 20 which include Final Fantasy VII, Wild Arms, and more, but the full list wasn't provided. Interestingly, it seems that list may be changing slightly depending on the region where people live.
While speaking at Tokyo Game Show, Sony Interactive Entertainment senior vice president Hiroyuki Oda revealed that the 20 games included within the PlayStation Classic will differ slightly between Japan and the West. However, he also mentioned that all of the currently announced titles are shared however, so Japan and the West will be able to play Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, and Wild Arms when the console launches in December.
While no additional insight was provided regarding the other 15 pre-loaded titles, Sony appears to be carefully considering what to include based on a number of factors. The three criteria for consideration is based around the game's overall popularity, size of its fanbase, as well as being representative of the PlayStation brand. Even with Final Fantasy VII making its way to both Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, many longtime fans would associate the Final Fantasy franchise with Sony, which satisfies those three requirements.
With the PlayStation Classic reveal, Sony joins the likes of Nintendo who has spent the last several years producing miniature versions of the NES and SNES systems. With what seems to be an annual cadence on new "mini" systems, many are hoping to hear about a new console reveal soon from Nintendo. Even though the Nintendo 64 would be the next system chronologically, Nintendo applied for a few GameCube trademarks a few months ago, which as naturally caused the fanbase to wonder if a GameCube Mini is around the corner.
PlayStation Classic launches December 3, 2018.