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Sony PlayStation 2Say what you want about the Sony PlayStation 2, but it has some major staying power.  Seven years after the console launched it is still a black box with which to be reckoned, with more than 120 million units sold over the years.  Even as Sony pins its hopes and dreams on the new PlayStation 3, PS2 continues to live on.  Now there's a rumor going around that a new PS2 revision with an internal power supply will hit stores next year at a $99 price point.

Even though the supply of new big budget PS2 games has dried up in favor of the current generation consoles, there's still a lot of life to be had in the old Emotion Engine.  There are a ton of fantastic games that people without a PS2 missed out on last generation such as the Ratchet and Clank series and the quirky Katamari Damacy.  Much like the old $99 Nintendo GameCube deal, anyone who hasn't taken the PS2 plunge should jump in at this new low price especially considering how the newer models of PS3s lack proper PS2 compatibility.  Say, you don't think that Sony removed backward compatibility from the PS3 in order to push these new PS2s, do you?  Nah, of course not.  What a silly idea.