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April 29, 2008 // 2:29 pm - Konami has released it's first title available via Sony's PlayStation Network download store in the form of a PSOne classic, namely Bishi Bashi Special. The game can be downloaded now and costs just £3.49. A video and the official Press Release are below:

Press Release:

The return of Bishi Bashi Special! Classic Konami PSOne title marks publisher's first download release via PlayStation Network in Europe Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has released its first title available via Sony's PlayStation Network download store in the form of PSOne classic, Bishi Bashi Special.

Originally released in 2000, Bishi Bashi Special is the definitive party game, and comprises over 80 fun mini-games - each madder than the last. Converted from two of Konami's Japanese arcade machines - Super Bishi Bashi and Hyper Bishi Bashi - the compilation is designed to test the player's reactions, timing and stamina.

As the name suggests, some involve simply bashing the controller buttons as quickly as possible, while others require pixel-perfect movement and extreme hand-eye coordination. All, however, are tremendous fun and doubly so when played against a friend.

The events go by such names as Juggler Panic, Burger Girl, Ladder of Love, Hyper Pie Thrower and Uncle Bean, and each can be played by up to three players simultaneously. The game enjoyed a huge cult following on release, and its reissue via the PlayStation Network is certain to engage a new wave of Bishi Bashi Fans. The game can be downloaded now and costs just £3.49.

"We are delighted that Bishi Bashi Special has become our first title on the PlayStation Store," commented Hans-Joachim Amann, Head of European Product Management for Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH. "It is a game that enjoys a great following and there's a constant demand for it on forums and on Internet auction sites, where PSOne copies of Bishi Bashi Special regularly sell for incredible prices. Now we want to give all PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) and PLAYSTATION®3 owners the chance to enjoy this fantastic crazy party game at an as fantastic and crazy price."

Bishi Bashi Special will be the first of several classic Konami PSOne titles heading to the PlayStation Store in the coming months.

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