A list of retro games Nintendo fans should check out before PS3, PSP, Vita stores close down

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Recently, to the horror of retro gamers everywhere, Sony announced plans to shutter its digital stores for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable (PSP), and PlayStation Vita this summer. You will still be able to access and re-download the digital games you already own (for now), but you will cease to be able to purchase games on PS3 and PSP on July 2, 2021 and on Vita on Aug. 27, 2021. That means many old digital-only games will become more difficult to obtain or outright impossible to obtain, and it also means a wide variety of PlayStation classics will no longer be easily accessible. In turn, that further means the time to buy old PlayStation games from the stores is now, even or maybe especially if you’re foremost a Nintendo gamer. (Update 4/19/21: PlayStation reversed its plans to shutter the PS3 and Vita stores.)

In particular, PlayStation 1 (PS1) was an incredible platform that housed, for example, a lot of direct sequels to series that began on SNES. Those games alone are things you shouldn’t miss out on, and many of them are available to play on PS3, PSP, and Vita alike. In fact, my Vita has become a home of PS1 games I missed out on the first time — especially JRPGs — that now cost exponentially more on eBay. So here is just a short list of PlayStation games I think might be relevant to the Nintendo gamers out there.

A list of retro PlayStation Store games Nintendo fans should check out

(Please note this list has been compiled from the PlayStation Vita store, but the majority are accessible across platforms.)

  • Alundra – $5.99 (basically The Legend of Zelda, except dark and with amazing platforming)
  • Breath of Fire III – $9.99
  • Breath of Fire IV – $5.99
  • Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles – $14.99
  • Chrono Trigger – $9.99 (also available in various forms on SNES, Nintendo DS, Steam, and mobile) (Sequel Chrono Cross oddly does not appear in the Vita store for me at this time, but if you see it, buy it.)
  • Dino Crisis – $5.99
  • Dino Crisis 2 – $5.99
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy – $9.99
  • Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy – $9.99
  • Final Fantasy Origins – $9.99
  • Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (or the original PS1 version) – $9.99 (also available on mobile)
  • Final Fantasy III – $9.99 (also available on Nintendo DS, Steam, and mobile)
  • Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection – $14.99
  • Final Fantasy V – $9.99 (also available on Game Boy Advance and, in hideous form, on Steam and mobile)
  • Final Fantasy VI – $9.99 (also available on SNES, Game Boy Advance, and, in hideous form, on Steam and mobile)
  • Lunar: Silver Star Harmony – $14.99 (also available on mobile, available in another form on Game Boy Advance, Sega CD, PS1)
  • Mega Man Legends – $9.99 (released on Nintendo 64 as Mega Man 64)
  • Mega Man Legends 2 – $9.99
  • Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops – $9.99
  • The Misadventures of Tron Bonne – $5.99 (Mega Man Legends spinoff)
  • Monster Hunter Freedom Unite – $19.99
  • Parasite Eve – $5.99
  • Parasite Eve II – $5.99
  • Persona 2: Eternal Punishment – $9.99
  • Persona 4 Golden – $19.99 (Vita only, also available on Steam)
  • Resident Evil Director’s Cut – $9.99
  • Resident Evil 2 – $5.99
  • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis – $5.99
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona – $19.99
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin – $19.99
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable – $19.99 (PSP and Vita only. This is extremely expensive on eBay! A prior version, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES, is available on PS3.)
  • Street Fighter Alpha – $5.99
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2 – $5.99
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max – $5.99
  • Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together – $9.99 (Project Triangle Strategy seems like a direct successor.)
  • Xenogears – $9.99 (The Xeno series began right here! Do not miss out!)

In spite of the size of this list of games, it’s hard to call it comprehensive at all since Nintendo gamers want so many different things from the expansive PlayStation 3, PSP, and Vita stores. For more starting points on games you should check out before the PS3, PSP, and Vita stores close, check out the Wikipedia article for all PS one Classics and this spectacular RPG Site article listing every single RPG that will be leaving the stores.

John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!