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Sony's PocketStation Plots a Return as a PS Vita Application in Japan

Posted by Sammy Barker

Replay puny peripheral's minigames

It’s always nice to know that Sony has its priorities in the right place. The struggling PlayStation Vita may be the most powerful portable platform on the market, but the manufacturer has opted to invest resources into a PocketStation application, allowing you to play a handful of the under supported PSone peripheral’s minigames on the much more modern machine.

The download was teased late last week, when the platform holder deployed a strange video showing a grown man dressed as Toro Inoue. It ended with the logo of the firm’s palm digital accessory, which was originally sold in Japan between 1999 and 2002. For those out of the loop, in addition to functioning as a memory card, the device allowed you to copy minigames from full retail releases, and play them on the move.

And now you’ll be able to re-visit a number of those experiences on the Vita. Starting today, PlayStation Plus subscribers in the Japanese giant’s home nation will be able to download the PocketStation application free-of-charge, where they’ll be able to play the minigames from PSone Classics such as Crash Bandicoot 3, Ape Escape, and many more.

Doko Demo Issho, the title that featured the aforementioned mascot cat, will be added to the content roster from 3rd December, the same date that the application will be made available to non-PlayStation Plus subscribers. There’s no word on this making its way overseas, but seeing as the peripheral itself skipped on a Western release, we don’t recommend holding your breath. Are you disappointed by this announcement? Transfer your thoughts in the comments section below.

[via siliconera.com, eurogamer.net]

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User Comments (8)

belmont

#2

belmont said:

I guess pocketstation was somewhat popular in Japan. I would like to try it but surely it isn't what Vita misses.

Epic

#3

Epic said:

Meh, was expecting better to be announced after watching the wierd video Japanese video with Toro.

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