Sony has made a decision to discontinue selling games in PSP format on PlayStation Store. The company has also halted production of PlayStation Vita TV in Japan due to weak demand; citing strong demand for the Vita and PS4 as the main causes for the Vita TV’s decline in the Japanese market.
These consoles will soon fade away and join the ranks of legacy consoles – video gaming devices that are no longer being supported by their manufacturers.
Yet just because the big boys in the video gaming industry are no longer making and releasing software updates for older legacy consoles doesn’t mean the consoles are bad. On the contrary, some have pretty good titles that make them worth picking up on eBay and having fun with once in a while.
Here are some of the best legacy consoles that strike a balance of nostalgia and games that you can enjoy even when compared to today’s consoles:
Notable Titles: Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of Lions, Half-Minute Hero, Patapon, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, Corpse Party 3, Tactics Ogre: let Us Cling Together, Lumines, God of War: Chains of Olympus.
The PSP is one of the best hand-held gaming consoles in recent history. The best part is that players can still buy digital games by logging into the official PlayStation store using a browser to purchase and download the games. Considering the fact that Sony is still maintaining a digital store for the PSP eleven years after its release is a sign of how strong the console still is.
Notable Titles: Katamari Damacy, Zone of the Enders, Beyond Good and Evil, Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, Silent Hill 2, Persona 4, Metal Gear 3: Snake Eater, Shadow of the Colossus, Okami
The console may have been released in 2000 – making it more than 16 years old – but many of its most notable titles have aged with supreme grace. You can still burn a few hundred hours filled not just with nostalgia but genuine fun and exhilaration.
Notable Titles: Wii Sports, Xenoblade Chronicles, Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Okami, New Super Mario Bros Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Rock Band 2, Mario Party 9, Trauma Team
The Wii has a special place in gaming history as one of the few consoles to actually make motion controls fun to play. Motion controls eventually faded away in popularity and few titles actually made the most of the Wii’s full potential, but it’s nonetheless a solid platform to add to your collection.
Notable Titles: Animal Crossing: Wild World, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword, Contact, Picross DS, Advance Wars: Days of Ruin, Radiant Historia, Okamiden, Trauma Center: Under the Knife.
The Nintendo DS is another venerable handheld console with a ton of great games in it. The 3DS may have succeeded it, but the original DS’ slate of great games make it a legacy console that you definitely must pick up – especially if you can bundle in a bunch of great games in the process.