Today, The PlayStation 2 Was Born In Japan 19 Years Ago

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On March 4, 2000, the PlayStation 2 launched in Japan. It went on to become the biggest selling video game console ever.

The PlayStation 2 would launch later that year in North America on October 26, 2000 and in Europe on November 24, 2000. Since then, over 155 million PS2s have been sold, and some of the greatest games ever were released on the console. It wasn’t until 2018 that Sony finally said goodbye to the PlayStation 2 in Japan.


Fans on Twitter have been celebrating the PS2's launch with games they enjoyed, using the hashtag #PS2生誕祭 or “PS2 birth celebration.” Which PlayStation 2 games were your favorites?


Happy birthday, PS2!

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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.