Part of the initial success of the PSP was Lumines, a stunningly inventive music-synced puzzler that’s since seen various ports on various platforms. The original’s still the best, though, but if you were expecting to be able to play it on your PSPgo any time soon you’re mistaken, as Q Entertainment’s Twitter has highlighted the reasons behind the absence of the game on the PSN Store, especially frustrating for me as I love the game.
“We would love to bring Lumines/Lumines II to the PSN store,” they said, “but there are complications, music licensing, was published by Namco, etc… It’s just not as simple a matter of slapping Lumines I/II up on PSN as it seems. The songs “Shinin’” and “Lights” were licensed for the UMD version of the game. To repurpose the game for PSN, we’d need to re-license, etc. And since Bandai Namco is the publisher of Lumines I, it’s basically up to them to put on PSN.”
“We’d love to see it as a PSN game, though!”