PlayStation 2 discontinued in Japan

Wednesday, 2nd January 2013 04:40 GMT By Brenna Hillier

After 13 years of faithful service, the original Big Black Box is shaking hands with colleagues, giving a teary farewell speech, and accepting a lovingly engraved retirement gift.

Famitsu reports that Sony Japan ceased shipping PlayStation 2 to Japanese retailers as of December 28, 2012.

The console first launched in Japan on March 4, 2000, meaning it was in continuous production for that territory for 12 years and nine months.

PlayStation 2 units are still being produced and sold in other territories.

Although it doesn’t hold the record in every individual territory, the PlayStation 2 is the global best-selling console of all time, with over 150 million sales to date. There are well in excess of 10,000 PS2 games and software sales pipped the 1.5 billion mark in early 2011. Games – mainly yearly sports titles – were still being released for the system in 2012.

Thanks, Joystiq.



  1. SlayerGT

    Best. Console. Ever.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dragon246


    It gets discontinued in the first territory on my birthday.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. remdyx

    #1 yeah, totally agreed.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. sg1974

    Never to be beaten. Sorry Wii, you never even came close – despite the frenzied hype.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Eddie Rodrigues

    @All Overrating this console again… I mean sure it was fun, sure it had games… lots… lots… lots… but only a few actually had the replay value (IMO), most were just failed sequels to PSX titles (again IMO)…

    To be honest my major issue with it is the trouble to make a game work, less than N64 of course, but more than PSX and even it’s bigger brother PS3, or even GC and XBOX at the time were the PS2 ruled…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. freedoms_stain

    @5, most of my absolute favourite PS2 games were PS2 originals. I don’t think you can justify that “failed sequels to PSX titles” line in the slightest.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Da Man

    Not only did Wii meet every single milestone so far, and is on track to sell just as much, but the console was literally a POS durability wise and most of the videogames were shovelware.

    Practically every single PSX sequel was bad too.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DrDamn

    Unless sales pick up Wii isn’t going to get close, sales fell off a cliff a couple of years ago. Global units are just under 100m for the Wii. Sales in 2011 were ~10m and in 2012 ~5m. So it’s another 10+ years without a drop in sales to catch up.

    PS2 also took 5 years and 9 months to ship 100m. Wii hasn’t reached that yet and it’s past that time since launch. So milestone missed.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Da Man

    Yup, let’s talk theoretically and count every million. Where’s i.hate.disagrees??

    It sold basically just as much so far, and has to sell 40 million more in 6 more years.

    Pos2 also didn’t have a successor for almost 7 years. Wii already does.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DrDamn

    Sorry to let facts get in the way … as you were.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. monkeygourmet

    It was boom time for gaming aswell…

    Sony made gaming cool with sweaty teens and the PS2 was the evolution of the PS1 experience.

    And like a teenager, the real trick is not spunking your load so soon…

    The business is long haul and difficult, you have to re-invent yourself sometimes, Sony tried the same shit with PS3, didn’t work half as well.

    Short sighted and egotistical.

    What works one generation can be your downfall the next.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    I liked PS2. Really good machine. That thing did what it supposed to do without a shitty OS inside it with some great exclusive games, without giant enemy crabs with real-time weapon change for 599$ with riiiiiiiidge racer, without motion controls and without shitty 10 life cycle moments.

    POS3 on the other hand is a gigantic failure of gigantic proportions.

    #12 2 years ago

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