Well yeah. I’m just trying to think of actual reasons behind the poor choices that arn’t “the pal games came up first on the download list”, which is all I could think of before.
Aside from that it is clear that this was an fast attempt to cash in on the classic console popularity and it may be argued that they did in fact “need” it this holiday season, or rather that was the executive mandate. I think that is pretty obvious since even when it was announced it was so early that they didn’t even have a game list to go with it. The people that were actually working on it made do with the time they had is a good explanation for the poor quality, though not an excuse. I can easily see how both a deadline on the release (the holiday season) and feature checklist (save state) could have let to the product we got even with the best of intentions. I mean the fucking thing looks and feels exactly like how I want it to right down to the menus (though they could have offered the other ps1 menu styles as options you could switch to as well).
And yeah, the well poisoning is real as well. From the same aspect of me no longer caring about any Sega mini console untill they prove they care enough to do it justice to a few additional ones. Like the game choice already plays into the point of view that the PS1 era of games age badly/were all early 3d with nothing unique past that/are clunky and control poorly.
It is literally impossible to make everyone happy with the game choice or to even hit enough of the games that represented the generation to everyone but they could have made more of an effort with some of the more timeless stuff. Games like Tomba/Megaman Legends/Parappa could have provided more examples of unique experiences that had unique styles. Clearly there are reasons for the omission of some of the bigger staples, remasters and all, but there is a lot they could have pulled from.
I hope that this doesn’t kill the effort completely since I do like these classic consoles and am still interested in a better version of a PS1 Classic.