Sayonara, Sweet Prince: PlayStation 2 retired in Japan

3:00 PM on 12.29.2012
Sayonara, Sweet Prince: PlayStation 2 retired in Japan photo

It's the end of an era, people. Long, long after it left the mindspace of gamers the world over - an insane thirteen years - Sony has finally retired the venerable PlayStation 2 in Japan. The once-hulking monstrosity that could be called one of the greatest game consoles of all time, is being put out to pasture, with Sony officially halting new shipments of the machine within Glorious Nippon.

Of course, this isn't the true end for the machine that dominated gaming for much of the early 00's. Smaller publishers are still making games for the system, and Sony recently debuted the system officially in places like Brazil and other countries that likely had PS2s for years, thanks to importers and intrepid gamers.

Ah, such memories I have of that era. It was also a time when JRPGs ruled the roost, in the days before Call of Duty staked its claim on the consoles and complex western-style RPGs were mostly confined to the PC. The last time I touched my launch-model PS2 was to play Persona 4, a fitting swan song for the machine.

What are your memories of those halcyon days?

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