The PS2 was originally released in Japan on March 4, 2000, later coming to the US that November. My memories of that time are very similar to the current one with the PS5. There was a ton of talk years in advance of what we would be getting, and expectations were high that it would be a giant leap forward in gaming, which is certainly was. Around this point back in 2000, I went to my local Gamestop. I was a very regular customer, and knew the manager and a few of the employees. The US release date had recently been announced, so I wanted to put a reservation down to get my own PS2. They basically laughed at me, and said that reservations had been taken for everything that they would be getting before the holidays. After talking it out, the manager said that if I wanted to, that I could reserve one for the next batch that they would get after New Years. Knowing that I would absolutely be buying one, I went ahead and paid in cash the full $300 plus tax right then and there. Sadly, the new year came and went and I didn't hear anything. I called and went by, and nothing, over and over. I finally ended up getting mine in March of 2001, a full year after I'd paid for it. But it was worth it! The PS2 was a great machine. Tons of good games, and in those days Gamestop was a great place to sell and buy used games, so I could trade in two or three that I was done with and walk out with a few that I wanted all the time. Good days.