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Grand Theft retro: Sony announces the 20-game lineup for PlayStation Classic

Miniature console to be released in December, packaged with popular games, including Resident Evil, Ridge Racer, Tekken – and the original Grand Theft Auto

Sony has released the full list of games for its forthcoming PlayStation Classic, a miniature version of the iconic 1997 games console announced last month.

Sony announces 20

Several of the console’s most fondly remembered titles are present, including Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid, the original Resident Evil and Oddworld: Abe’s Odyssee, alongside more obscure selections such as Wild Arms, which only ever gained popularity in Japan. Notable absentees include Parappa the Rapper, a groundbreaking music game about a rapping dog, and gothic adventure Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

The full list is:

  1. Battle Arena Toshinden
  2. Cool Boarders 2
  3. Destruction Derby
  4. Final Fantasy VII
  5. Grand Theft Auto
  6. Intelligent Qube
  7. Jumping Flash
  8. Metal Gear Solid
  9. Mr Driller
  10. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  11. Rayman
  12. Resident Evil Director’s Cut
  13. Revelations: Persona
  14. Ridge Racer Type 4
  15. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  16. Syphon Filter
  17. Tekken 3
  18. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6
  19. Twisted Metal
  20. Wild Arms

Sony is the latest games company to cash in on a growing wave of 80s and 90s nostalgia. Nintendo’s NES Mini and SNES Mini consoles, each of which also comes with a selection of games, sold more than 2m each – the NES Mini briefly outsold the current PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles earlier this year.

Meanwhile, enthusiast retro-games console manufacturer Analog recently announced a high-end reproduction of the 30-year-old Sega Mega Drive (Genesis in America).

The PlayStation Classic is out on 3 December, priced £89.99.

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