Sony PlayStation Classic brings 20 retro games on Dec. 3 for $100

Move over, Nintendo: PlayStation can play the mini console game, too.

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The Sony PlayStation Classic, a miniature version of the original PlayStation that comes with 20 preloaded "generation-defining" games, will arrive on Dec. 3 for $100 (£90, AU$150), Sony announced late Tuesday. It follows the immensely popular NES Classic and SNES Classic, both of which were big hits for rival Nintendo.

The Classic is 45 percent smaller than the original 1994 console, according to Sony. Some of the preloaded games include Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3 and Wild Arms. All of those games will be playable in their original format, Sony said, with more games to be announced ahead of launch.

The mini version keeps the look and feel of the original, with the same controller -- no analog sticks or rumble. Get a good look here:

The original Sony PlayStation console was first introduced in 1994, almost 25 years ago. It was "the first home console in video game history to ship 100 million units worldwide, offering consumers a chance to play games with real-time 3D rendered graphics in their homes for the first time," Sony said.

The Classic will launch in "limited quantities" on Dec. 3 in Japan, North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. You can preorder the Sony PlayStation Classic in the US at select stores. It comes with an HDMI cable, two wired controllers and a USB power cord, but you'll need to supply your own AC adapter.

Sony said it will release more details in the coming months.

Separately, Sega announced that the Genesis Mini, its own entry into the tiny retro console fray, will be delayed until 2019

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Originally posted Sept. 18 at 11:50 p.m. PT.
Updated Sept. 19 at 5:08 a.m. PT: Added that the AC adapter isn't included in the box, and noted the Sega delay.

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