End of an Era: PS2 Stops Shipping to Retailers in Japan

According to Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Sony's stopped producing PlayStation 2s in Japan and ceased sending them to Japanese retailers. This means that the remaining stock is the last batch of new PlayStation 2s left.

For its near 13 year run, the PlayStation 2 has sold over 150 million consoles worldwide. Only until recently, when it was beaten by the Nintendo DS, the PS2 was the best-selling console to date.

Though the PlayStation 2 is officially off production lines, it's still getting at least one more console release. Square Enix's expansion for Final Fantasy XI, Adoulin No Makyou, will be landing on PlayStation 2 sometime in 2013, proving that the PS2 still has yet to breathe its last.

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  • WithoutWeakness
    They were still manufacturing these and producing games for them in 2012? I'm actually impressed. Assuming they were sold at reasonable prices I can totally understand why they were still selling. There were so many great games for the PS2 and you can get them all used for dirt cheap.
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  • dameon51
    I totally missed out on that gen of console gaming, that's when I was totally into PC's. Too bad as the ps2 really did have a lot of great titles. Would of been a very good entertainment investment.
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  • kawininjazx
    When I look back on my favorite games of all time, there are a ton of PS2 games: Grand Theft Auto, God of War, Gran Turismo, it was such a great system.
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  • WithoutWeakness
    They were still manufacturing these and producing games for them in 2012? I'm actually impressed. Assuming they were sold at reasonable prices I can totally understand why they were still selling. There were so many great games for the PS2 and you can get them all used for dirt cheap.
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