Sony and other third party publishers have been re-releasing a steady stream of downloadable PSP games in North America. Japan is starting to catch up. Marvelous, Spike, AQ Interactive, Koei, and Konami brought a chunk of titles, mostly niche games, to the PlayStation Store.
There are some gems in the selection like Gitaroo Man Lives and Salamander Portable, which is pretty hard to come by.
Sony, or perhaps the publishers, chose to sell digital versions close to retail prices. Take Dynasty Warriors as an example. Yes, it’s only 1,200 yen ($14), but that’s only a little cheaper than Amazon since Koei re-released the game. Used prices are likely to be even lower. Greatest Hits style reprints are part of the reason prices are so staggered.
It’s going to be rough to convince PSP owners to switch to the PSP Go if downloads cost just as much, maybe more than used games. However, the PSP store might be a good place for importers to pick up titles they missed like Salamander Portable.
Here’s the list of third party legacy games recently added to Japan’s store.
Adventures to Go / 3,990 yen / 185 MB
Anata Wo Yurusanai / 1,500 yen / 631 MB
Coded Arms / 2,300 yen / 191 MB
Dynasty Warriors / 1,200 yen / 206 MB
Dungeon Maker 2 / 3,990 yen / 182 MB
Fish Eyes Portable / 2,400 yen / 174 MB
Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 2 / 1,200 yen / 1663 MB
Gitaroo Man Lives / 1,200 yen / 1730 MB
Innocent Life: A Futurisitc Harvest Moon / 2,400 yen / 215 MB
Mahjong Taikai / 1,200 yen / 208 MB
Nanatama: Chronicle of Dungeon Maker / 3,990 yen / 199 MB
Nobunga no Yabou Tenshoki / 1,200 yen / 419 MB
Salamander Portable / 2,300 yen / 237 MB
Shinobido Homura / 2,200 yen / 502 MB
Valhalla Knights / 2,100 yen / 680 MB
Valhalla Knights 2 / 3,900 yen / 1,579 MB
Way of the Samurai Portable / 3,000 yen / 317 MB
Zero Pilot: The Third World War 1946 / 3,990 yen / 608 MB