I picked up a few Japanese PS1 games - mostly Tetris titles - at the start of the month, and upon telling an old friend I was lucky enough to have him offer up his Japanese ceramic white PS2 Slim as a means of playing on them.
But after talking about playing TGM at the arcade he also gave me his Namco Arcade stick!
I couldn’t feel more grateful right now - I’m smitten playing my Tetris games with this hardware! (Memory Card was 200 yen at a Book-Off)
The PS2 box design is timeless - so much better than the PAL one I have for a silver model.
Played some Tetris Plus today - puzzle mode is amazing! Bit gutted about how the audio is handled though - it’ll restart the same audio track every time you level up, which is often, and distracting. But the looping audio - a symptom of the CD format - sounds really strange in a 90s Tetris game with an arcade soundtrack for some reason.