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PlayStation 2 no longer shipping throughout Japan

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PlayStation 2 consoles will no longer ship to retailers throughout Japan following nearly 13 years in production, Famitsu reports.

The Sony console launched to Japan on March 4, 2000 and has since sold nearly 22 million units throughout the country. PlayStation 2 consoles have sold over 150 million units worldwide.

The console's popularity throughout Japan has continued well into 2012, with new titles still receiving PS2 releases there. Square Enix announced the upcoming Final Fantasy 11: Seekers of Adoulin expansion will hit PS2 systems in 2013, only in Japan.

Update: Sony has confirmed to The Guardian that it has stopped manufacturing the PS2 altogether.