Sony’s PlayStation Classic Mini console will come pre-loaded with 20 iconic PSone games, and we’ve compiled the full list of software that you’ll be getting as part of the package. Thus far, the lineup is looking strong, with legendary Namco brawler Tekken 3 accompanied by JRPG Hall of Famer Final Fantasy VII to name just two. We’ll update as more titles are announced, so read on for all the PlayStation Classic Mini’s games, and don't forget that you can find out where to buy and pre-order the PlayStation Classic Mini console through the link.
Arguably the most famed JRPG of all time, Final Fantasy VII was significant because it saw developer Square move production from the Super Nintendo to the PlayStation. Leveraging the additional storage space of the fledgling CD-ROM format, the title used ground-breaking full-motion video and polygonal graphics to tell one of the genre’s most beloved yarns, with protagonist Cloud Strife and his iconic Buster Sword recognised around the world.
An early PSone game that was a launch title in Europe, Jumping Flash! pioneered 3D platforming in the console space. Playing out from a first-person perspective, you control a mechanical rabbit named Robbit, who much triple-hop his way through increasingly challenging environments. With impressive polygonal graphics and a campaign spanning six unique worlds, the game actually holds the Guinness World Record for being the first ever platformer to be playable in true 3D space.
The Ridge Racer series has been kicking around since 1994, and like many of Namco's games, started off in the arcade. Its drift-heavy driving made it a popular and accessible racing franchise, and Ridge Racer Type 4 was PSone's best. It even spawned an unusual controller in the JogCon, which featured a large, steering wheel-like dial in the centre of the pad. Boasting hundreds of cars, stunning presentation, and a simple yet satisfying handling model, this is one of PSone's most beloved racers.
Tekken 3 is arguably the most fondly remembered in the series, and it's not hard to see why. The arcade fighter was a huge success on PSone, becoming one of the platform's best-selling titles. It introduced a huge cast of new characters and additional modes like Tekken Force and Tekken Ball. However, it's perhaps best known for simply being an ultra-tight fighting game with responsive controls that are easy to pick up, but hard to master.
Pre-dating Final Fantasy VII by a few weeks in its native Japan, Sony commissioned Media.Vision to create a JRPG that would blend traditional genre staples with cutting-edge 3D graphics. It ended up developing Wild Arms, a turn-based Western-themed escapade which utilised familiar 2D visuals during exploration and groundbreaking 3D presentation in battle. The series would go on to spawn multiple instalments across various PlayStation platforms, with its core concept of weaponised machinery named ‘ARMs’ being a through point between entries.
Which PlayStation Classic Mini game are you most looking forward to replaying? Are there any titles that you're desperate to make the device's pre-installed list? Mime the PSone's thunderous start-up sound in the comments section below.