Vita's launch could have gone smoother - due in part to the economic slowdown and the delayed western release - but its sturdy, multi-function hardware and impressive launch line up is silencing the doubters. Better yet, the second wave of Vita games is even more promising, with more to follow at E3. Here's all the key Vita releases over the next six months and beyond, plus key developer insight on Vita's future.
01. STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN
Capcom's handheld port of their recently-released tag team fighter hits Vita a little late, but ships with a bunch of exclusive characters Capcom won't unlock on PS3 until after the Vita version ships. With that diddy D-Pad, Vita isn't the best place to play Street Fighter X Tekken, but it's a great place to practise your best slugging moves when you're away from your stick.
02. RESISTANCE: BURNING SKIES
Insomniac are done with Resistance, but Sony just couldn't let it lie. Burning Skies is the world's first dual-analogue FPS on a handheld - aproper big console experience in your hand, with a new hero and a new fight amid the ruins of 1951's Chimera-occupied New York City, which is some years before Resistance 3's liberation.
03. METAL GEAR SOLID HD COLLECTION
Peace Walker went walkabout somewhere between the PS3 and Vita releases of the MGS HD Collection, but Vita gets PS3-perfect ports of MGS2 and 3 with optional touchscreen controls and new dialogue from the original voice actors. Saves are 'Transfarrable' between PS3 and Vita, too, so you can spend an hour fighting The End in a more comfortable chair before taking the rest of the game on the road.
04. SUPER MONKEY BALL: BANANA SPLITZ
Unstoppable and eternal, Monkey Ball goes wherever that there's hardware able to run it. On Game Boy Advance, iPhone, N-Gage and now Vita, it's the same old game, but no less brilliant than it was in the GameCube days. Vita's twist is its ability to generate levels based on photographs - snap the cat, get a cat-shaped stage.
05. PERSONA 4: THE GOLDEN
Half dungeon crawler and half lifestyle simulator, Persona 4 sees you juggle girlfriends and schoolwork by day, then fight off demons in an alternate reality by night. Even on PS2 it's one of the best RPGs ever made, and Vita's Golden version gets new characters, new stories, and an all-new online mode.
06. MORTAL KOMBAT
2011's Mortal Kombat revival hits Vita with DLC characters Skarlet, Kenshi, Rain, and Freddy bloody Kruger available alongside deicidal PS3-exclusive god-stabber Kratos right from the start. That's five extra ways to offend old dears on your morning bus ride to dailydrudgery, and you'll get all the downloadable costumes and fatalities too.
07. JAK AND DAXTER HD COLLECTION
Rayman Origins proves there's a place for platformers on Vita, and despite collect-a-thonning across this three-game collection feeling ancient compared to Naughty Dog's other hit, a little bit of spit and polish goes a long way. There's double-jumping, lush and enormous hub worlds, a wonky camera, and a wise-crackin' animal sidekick that won't shut up.
08. PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2
Twelve years in the making, Sega's sequel to their classic Dreamcast RPG is Vita's biggest online game. PSO2 supports hundreds of players in its massively multiplayer lobbies, and up to twelve players at a time in the instanced dungeons, where PC and Vita players can level up side by side and even play the same character across both platforms.
LittleBigPlanet 2's editing tools were comprehensive but fiddly to use with analogue sticks and buttons. On Vita those same tools all work with touchscreen controls - allyou need to do is tap the screen to build levels in minutes. Rubbish levels, maybe, but grab the best of thecommunity's punter-created levels over 3G or Wi-Fi and you'll be fine.