PS2 Classics Finally Come To Japan With Contra, Siren, And Dragon Force

By Spencer . July 3, 2012 . 12:31am

ps2classics3The West had a PlayStation 2 classics section for almost a year. Sony finally announced downloadable PS2 games for Japan and the service launches on July 25 with five different games:


Resident Evil: Code Veronica X (1,200 yen / $15)
Siren (1,200 yen / $15)
Contra: Shattered Soldier (1,200 yen / $15)
Kessen (1,500 yen / $19)
and Dragon Force (800 yen / $10)


Dragon Force is the hard to find Sega Ages port, which is a steal for 800 yen. Game prices will range between 800 yen to 1,500 yen.


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Sony Computer Entertainment Japan will release new PS2 Classics each month in Japan. Dead or Alive 2 Hardcore (1,500 yen), Castlevania: Lament of Innocence (1,200 yen), Dynamite Deka (800 yen), Dark Cloud (1,200 yen), and one of my personal favorites Gunstar Heroes: Treasure Box (800 yen) are all confirmed as downloadable PS2 games.

  • KuroiKen

    That’s great!

  • I guess it’s better late than never.  I still gotta get around to playing Shattered Soldier one of these days…

  • Japan is off to a great start with these PS2 classics. Siren, Code Veronica X and Castlevania are games I’d definitely purchase.

    • Guest

       Why would you get Code Veronica X when the HD version is available for $5 more…

      • Solomon_Kano

        Because $5 goes a ways. Because some people don’t care for some upscaled graphics at a higher price. Because Capcom’s HD ports weren’t very good anyway. Because…

        •  Yeah, pretty much :P I’d settle for a cheaper, non HD version of the game.

          • Guest

            It’s still more than $5 because of the cost of buying the JPN PSN card so you might as well get the HD version don’t be cheep

          •  Yeah, but I wouldn’t be getting the JP version, I’d wait for the EU version to be released; and well, I still have my original, working copy of the game, so I was just saying that it’d be swell to have a digital copy, but definitely not a priority.

        • Guest

          You’re not saving $5 because of the cost of the JPN PSN card you still have to pay more to buy

          • Solomon_Kano

            He said these are games he would purchase, not will. Meaning he’s likely speaking hypothetically as he doesn’t plan to buy them unless they release in his region.

          • Guest

            It doesn’t make sense to buy the PS2 version it is inferior. Yes Capcom is guilty often of easy lazy cash in ports, but with Veronica X, this was not the case. And to fuss over the minimum difference of $5 is rigoddamndiculous

          • Solomon_Kano

            To fuss over personal preference is actually significantly more ridiculous. If the guy doesn’t care if the game is in HD or not, why should he spend that extra $5? He has no reason to.

          • Guest

            Because it doesn’t make sense to fuss over something so insignificant as $5. You are getting a higher quality product with trophy support for the price of a small hamburger. That’s the reason.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Except trophies apparently aren’t worth the $5 if he’s not interested in the HD port. Some nicer graphics and trophies would be a waste of $5 if he’s fine with the original. Whether or not $5 looks insignificant, it’s money saved. That could get you a whole other game off of PSN.

  • MAO

    Awesome news! Will be getting Dragon Force and DOA2 Hardcore, and maybe Gunstar Heroes and Dark Cloud too.

  • LynxAmali

    -Dragon Force

    I nostalgia’d.

    • .

      I miss Dragon Force too, I’ve always wished that Working Designs (or anyone really) would’ve picked up the PS2 remakes…This game and Radiant Silvergun are one of the few games I still keep for the Sega Saturn.

    • revenent hell

      I did with Contra.
      Man I miss those games. Contra was amongst one of the first games I ever played. It would be a definante sale for me I must admit

  • thaKingRocka

    That is an excellent selection.

  • Xenosaga, Xenosaga, Xenosaga. I’ll chant that until the US gets the trilogy.

  • Valkenhayn

    Siren is definitely one of my favorite horror games!

  • Solomon_Kano

    I’d like to see Shattered Soldier and Lament of Innocence make their way over to the US store as well. That would be nice.

  • Carlos Daniel Flores Loreto

    Sweet, I remember unlocking that CONTRA vs DOG (Sparkster) in Shin Contra. Totally worth it, bara-bara-bara-bara-bara-bara- poshaaaaa. Also, top soundtrack.

  • Chow

    Code: Veronica X is a strange choice considering it has an HD treatment already.

    I’m more excited about the fact that Siren is on there.  That means Siren 2 might make an appearance.  Living in North America, I never got a chance to play it, though I guess the European version might be more language-friendly.

    While I don’t mind language dubbing normally, the general English dub of Siren (with the accents) made no sense considering the setting of the game and every single character.   This is why I love New Translation/Blood Curse so much for just allowing each character to speak whatever they would’ve “in real life” if they were in those situations. XD

  • Byron Brauner

    Dragon Force 1, 2  (translated) HD for PS3/Vita…. (dream ends) :

  • Alright, now I can play Siren on the PS2 without worrying about it being remade into HD.

    PS: I enjoyed Siren Blood Curse on the PS3

  • Nice lineup. For some reason, Europe has way more PS2 classics than US or Japan. I noticed Shinobi & Castle Shikigami 2 as a couple of notable games on their section…I’m sure there’s more, I just don’t remember or recognize some of the games on there. Just an observation, I live in the US.

  • Steven Higgins

    AW MAN, NO FAIR! I loved Dark Cloud but I cant really play it anymore ’cause my PS3 is the newer, slim model that cant play PS2 games. On top of that I’m pretty sure my PS3 is the US version so I don’t have access to the Japanese play station store, and I have no idea where or how to get the JPN PSN card some people are talking about, not to mention I cant read Japanese.

    • Luckily for you, I know a great website called Japan Codes where I get my PSN yen for a decent price. I still got 600 yen on there now because I couldn’t decide what I wanted to buy:) Also, you could look up how to get a Japanese account on Google I’m sure. I know there’s guides out there.

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