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Sony PocketStation games to return on PlayStation Vita

In Japan.

Remember the PocketStation? It was an odd LCD peripheral for the original PlayStation that launched in 1999, exclusively in Japan.

It was so popular in Japan that Sony execs delayed - and eventually cancelled - a Western release to satisfy demand in the company's home country.

Which is a shame, as the device offered monochrome mini-games that you could download from full PS1 titles such as Ape Escape, Grandia, Crash Bandicoot 3 and Ridge Racer Type 4.

Three of these mini-games have been re-released today in Japan as part of a new PocketStation app for PlayStation Vita. It's a free download for PlayStation Plus subscribers, Siliconera reports.

Crash Bandicoot 3, Mega Man and Ape Escape are available today, while Dokodemo Issho - a game which features feline Sony mascot Toro will follow next month.

We've asked Sony about the chances of a western release.