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!

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Still the system I remember for being extremely overpriced at launch and having one of the most shitty start lineups ever.
1200 DM for a console, second controller, memory unit and one single game. Compared to the Dreamcast, which was 399DM at the same time. “But it can play DVDs” was unfortunately a legitimate point at that time, since a stanadalone DVD player was still a few hundred quid.

The marketing that sony pushed directly and through the stores which was directly driven at destroying the Dreamcast alienated me from the company though.
I loathe companies who advise sales personnel to discourage people from buying a competitors product, even though their own will only launch domestically one year later (which is exactly what happened here in Germany).

Strangely, nowadays people seem to have found some nostalgic love for Ridge Racer V, whereas on launch time it was ridiculed as “pixel racer” for its low res looks and lack of cars and options, a clear step backwards from Ridge Racer 4.
But then again, MSR on the Dreamcast also didn’t look as sharp as many people seem to remember it ^^