Retail Radar: PSP to get EA retro comp

GameStop details 14-game collection of old-school classics, says Electronic Arts is bringing Syndicate, Ultima, Wing Commander, and more to PSP.

Publishers like Capcom, Sega, Midway, Taito, and Namco have been offering retro-themed compilations for years on a variety of platforms. However, the biggest third-party publisher of them all, Electronic Arts, has generally shied away from the practice, other than a few offerings such as the recent Command & Conquer: The First Decade collection.

That might be changing, if a new GameStop product listing is accurate. According to the retailer, Electronic Arts is jumping into the retro trend headfirst with EA Replay for the PSP. Slated for release October 3 with a price tag of $29.99, the compilation will let players relive 14 of the publisher's back-catalog offerings, including fondly remembered hits like Syndicate, Ultima VII: The Black Gate, Road Rash, Wing Commander, and Jungle Strike. Some of the games will support head-to-head multiplayer action, all will be playable in widescreen or normal views, and all of them will allow players to save their games at any time. The site even says it will include unlockable game art.

The full list of games listed for the compilation is included below, along with their first release dates and systems. Given the difficulties inherent in porting a keyboard-and-mouse control scheme to PSP, it is likely that the compilation would feature shrunken-down versions of the games' console versions, so those are the dates and systems given below.

B.O.B.--1993--SNES and Genesis
Budokan--1990--Genesis
Desert Strike--1993--SNES and Genesis
Jungle Strike--1993--SNES and Genesis
Haunting Starring Polterguy--1993--Genesis
Mutant League Football--1993--Genesis
Road Rash--1992--Genesis, later on 3DO
Road Rash II--1993--Genesis
Road Rash III--1995--Genesis
Syndicate--1995--SNES, 3DO, Jaguar
Ultima: The Black Gate--1994--SNES
Virtual Pinball--1993--Genesis
Wing Commander--1993--SNES
Wing Commander: The Secret Missions--1993--SNES

Please note, while retailer listings frequently jump the gun on publishers' product announcements, they should not be taken as final confirmation of a game's existence; nor should the absence of a listing be considered as proof that a game isn't coming to a given platform.

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Turisman4
Turisman4

Finally, someone put Desert Strike on a Genesis compilation!

SuperHadouken
SuperHadouken

HELL YEAH ROAD RASH AND DESERT STRIKE WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!

collinsworth
collinsworth

omfg i was just talking about playing road rash on motogp board. add desert strike, jungle strike, wing commander and virtual pinball and thats unbeatable!!!!! i am buying this

Ubersnuber
Ubersnuber

To the Ds fanboys out there: dont underestimate the power of classics! Im not a handheld fan, but im buying a PSP because of this compilation. Road Rash ROXX!!

LSUTIGERMAN
LSUTIGERMAN

Mutant League Hockey would have been much better choice...and I hate hockey. Also you can get all these games from any ROM or Emulation site so why would anyone buy this.

umbra
umbra

I hope they do some work to improve the games, though. All the Road Rash games from 1-3 suffered from severe slow down and mega choppy frame rates making it hard to play in many instances. The PSP has plenty of processing power to smooth it over, provided they work on that area in the emulation. Of course, from a business point of view that probably won't affect sales, so with low ROI such a decision wouldn't be made. Bit of a shame, really, if you can play a better version of the game on a homebrew emulator running on your PSP. Time will tell if this compilation nails it. btw, although there are some really good games there, and plenty of gaming hours included, they still could easily include more games.

wooooode
wooooode

With the lack of good games on the PSP these compilations could sell very well.

B-bad
B-bad

Cool collection it maybe worth a look! road rash is cool all three on one umb is awesome! Come on old games can be fun, get a clue if you think otherwise!

jammers_182
jammers_182

Oh yes! All three road rash games! I'm getting this for sure.

fluffebunnie
fluffebunnie

Wing Commander owns you. That is all. Her lairmate is the Heart of the Tiger!

cesarotromundo
cesarotromundo

this is lame! When the heck is that donwload thing with the ps1 titles gonna come out for the psp? I wanna get FF7 and FF8 for the psp and also tomb raider..come on! get the downloads out!

AngelCage
AngelCage

Digital-Devil says: Most of these you can get on ROMS though...or on the Wii as downloads ------------------ Yeah, but: #1: You don't have a Wii yet xD #2: On the Wii, you will need to PAY for every single retro game too. #3: 15++ years old games from SNES and GENESIS on a non-portable next-gen console... i don't know. I don't are looking for all the old school games on the Wii or retro games on XBL. In a handled is another history. this compilation on the DS could be great too.

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

I agree with Schillinger why isn't Urban Stike in the EA collection it's like SEGA are releasing one and they haven't included Street Of Rage 1,2 or 3 for that matter. They are putting in Golden Axe but not the S.O.R franchise which is stupid. Everyone I know loves the S.O.R games my fav was no.2 instead there putting that stupid Eternal Champions in it. Which was probably the worst ever fighting game created for the Mega Drive. But like the fine print says they could change the line-up at any time before release.

hemakm3
hemakm3

Road Rash was awesome.

King_Dodongo
King_Dodongo

remade, deadkindg? there was only a copy-paste of the titles

winterblink
winterblink

That's a surprisingly nice list of games to include in one package. I admit, I'm borderline shocked to see it's EA doing it and it didn't end up as three separate collections with a ton of crappy filler. Personally as a 360 owner, I'd love to see some of those as Xbox Live Arcade titles. Syndicate with multiplayer Live support would be epic.

deadkingdg
deadkingdg

daqua_99 Why would a SNES game be on the PSP?? For the same reason that all FFs that were on Nintendo except III were remade on PS1?

danmp18
danmp18

Can we get a release on PS2 or Xbox please EA?

dryden555
dryden555

Road Rash -- oh yes. All 3 versions were great so I'm glad they included all 3

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

Meh...Compilations with 1, 2 and 3 versions of the same game is weak. The best one here is Mutant League Football.

ewjim
ewjim

Well, well, well, they try to "level up" :lol: this system with old games?! They positivly DON'T WANT TO WORK!!! :evil:

daqua_99
daqua_99

Why would a SNES game be on the PSP??

Digital-Devil
Digital-Devil

Most of these you can get on ROMS though...or on the Wii as downloads

EyeNixon
EyeNixon

Ultima is nice, but why the lackluster SNES version?

danny_dm_moore
danny_dm_moore

that comp would kick butt, havent played wing commander in years....

Digital-Devil
Digital-Devil

Desert Strike was a great game on the Sega Gen...wont buy a PSP for it though

TryMe01
TryMe01

"Shows how desperate the psp is getting when people get excited about decades old games... " How very true... have fun PSP users *looking back at shiny and well played DS Lite*

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

I played them all when they came out most of them are not that good. they forgot Syndicate genesis

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

Not everyone has played these decades old games, and Syndicate and the two Desert Strike games are still good games.

teknocack
teknocack

First of all: " Zeromind_Eric Zeromind_Eric ZzzzzZZZZ......Road Rash would be cool though." Many more cool games than just Road Rash, my friend. To the story: Hey!!!!! Wing Commander was on the Sega CD also! I know, I beat it.

Timstuff
Timstuff

I love Wing Commander! But I wish they were porting it from the PC version, because that one is a lot better. :(

TheGamer4Life
TheGamer4Life

Shows how desperate the psp is getting when people get excited about decades old games...

bossjimbob
bossjimbob

EA needs to revitalize Archon. For Xbox Live Arcade (and PSP).

wok7
wok7

I thought EA siad the PSP was not fun and they'd rather go with the DS...

Strike009
Strike009

aww....no mutant league hockey....

arathorn2nd
arathorn2nd

Syndicate without a mouse? No, thanks. Great games, anyway.

mrgokugf
mrgokugf

final cash-ins for a failed competitor against the DS........the psp's underwhelming performance is sure to rub off on PS3 sales MHAA!!!!!!

UnknownPerson55
UnknownPerson55

syndicate?! i remember playing that on an old 550 mac back in the day. i might buy a psp just for this collection game, road rash makes it even better.

Geneyuss5555
Geneyuss5555

Buy it for Road Rash 1/2/3, and maybe EA will get its head out of street racings @** and make a game people actually want.

ketsuatama
ketsuatama

This sounds great! Those older games may not have much eye candy value but they were good fun to play!

keyser27
keyser27

Oh boy. Syndicate. Can we get a good compilation? I just threw up a little in my mouth.

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Sounds good. This seems true since they have the full list of games already. I can't wait.

sigma8
sigma8

People played wing commander with a keyboard and mouse? I used a joystick. I don't know why they'd need to adapt the SNES version for that. All you need is an analog stick and some weapons and comm control buttons. Oh, and the afterburner, of course.