Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Vita's PSP/Minis Compatibility Sees An Update

Over at the Playstation Blog, there was a post just today about the expanding list of PSP/Minis Compatibility for the Vita and, of course, people are never happy.  I could surmise that if the post said "ALL PSP GAMES WORK ON IT, EVEN ONES NOT ON THE STORE BECAUSE THEY ARE NOW BY MAGIC", there would still be people to complain about it, if just for the fact that people will whine that they actually have to buy games.  Regardless, people aren't happy with the list, of course, because it doesn't feature a lot of games that, well, aren't on the Playstation Store to begin with.  Which is clearly Sony's fault, as there's no such thing as licensing issues or anything like that that are to be handled by Developer and Publisher.  Certainly not, everything is up to the single company that releases a product that several other people make things for.  If Angry Birds didn't work on someone's iPad, it's obviously Apple's fault, you see.

Snarkiness aside, I should go ahead and throw down the list now before I get into it anymore.  Point of reference and all.

Available Today

PSP Titles:
Cho Aniki Zero (Aksys Games Localization, Inc.)
Strikers 1945 Plus (PM Studios, Inc.)
Tom Clancy’S Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 (UbiSoft, Inc.)
Tom Clancy’S Rainbow Six: Vegas (UbiSoft, Inc.)
Valhalla Knights 2: Battle Stance (XSEED JKS, Inc.)
Ys: I & II Chronicles Digital (XSEED JKS, Inc.)

PSP minis:
Aero Racer (Halfbrick Studios)
Age Of Zombies (Halfbrick Studios)
Blast Off (Halfbrick Studios)
Dynogems (StormBasic)
Echoes (Halfbrick Studios)
Me Monstar: Hear Me Roar (Cohort Studios)
Vempire (Impressionware Srl)

Coming Soon

PSP Titles:
3D Twist & Match (Sanuk Games)
Aedis Eclipse: Generation Of Chaos Legacy (NIS America, Inc.)
Bejeweled 2 (Sony Online Entertainment LLC)
Beta Bloc (D3 Publisher of America)
Brain Challenge (Gameloft)
Dead Head Fred (D3 Publisher of America)
Field Commander (Sony Online Entertainment LLC)
Gods Eater Burst (D3 Publisher of America)
Groovin’ Blocks (Sony Online Entertainment LLC)
King Of Pool (Nordcurrent UAB)
Luxor: Pharaoh’S Challenge Umd Legacy (Mumbo Jumbo)
Major League Baseball 2K10 (2KGames)
Mercury Meltdown (Ignition Entertainment)
Mx Vs Atv Untamed (THQ, Inc.)
Peggle (Sony Online Entertainment LLC)
Puzzle Quest: Challenge Of The Warlords (D3 Publisher of America)
Reel Fishing: The Great Outdoors Legacy (Natsume, Inc.)
Split Second (Disney Interactive Studios)
Super Pocket Tennis (D3 Publisher of America)
The Red Star (XS Games, LLC)
Unbound Saga (Vogster Entertainment, LLC)
Undead Knights Digital (Tecmo Koei America Corporation)
Uno (Gameloft)
Untold Legends: Brotherhood Of The Blade (Sony Online Entertainment LLC)
Untold Legends: The Warrior’S Code French (Sony Online Entertainment LLC)
Work Time Fun (D3 Publisher of America)
WWE All Stars (THQ, Inc.)
WWE Smackdown Vs. Raw 2010 (THQ, Inc.)

PSP minis:
5 In 1 Solitaire (Digital Leisure)
Alien Zombie Death (PomPom Games)
Arcade Air Hockey & Bowling (Icon Games)
Babel: The King Of The Blocks (StormBasic)
Bashi Blocks (Icon Games)
Breakquest (Beatshapers)
Bubble Trubble (Creat Studios)
Card Shark (Laughing Jackal Ltd)
Carnivores: Ice Age (Beatshapers)
Cohort Chess (Cohort Studios)
Doodle Fit (Gamelion)
Doodle Pool (Big Head Games)
Duael Invaders (Laughing Jackal Ltd)
Enigmo (Beatshapers)
Family Games (Icon Games)
Farm Frenzy (Alawar Entertainment, Inc.)
Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain (Laughing Jackal Ltd)
Fly Fu (Invictus Games LTD.)
Galcon Labs (Beatshapers)
Gamocracy One : Legend Of Robot (AYEWARE / Bearded Ladies Consulting)
Hero Of Sparta (Gameloft)
Hysteria Project 2 (Sanuk Games)
Ikari Warriors Ii: Victory Road (SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION)
Jelly Pops (PomPom Games)
Karimogi (StormBasic)
Labyrinth (Bigben Interactive, S.A.)
Let’S Golf (Gameloft)
Mecho Wars (Creat Studios)
Omg-Z! (Laughing Jackal Ltd)
One Epic Game (Grip Digital)
Pipe Madness (AYEWARE / Bearded Ladies Consulting)
Pix N Love Rush (Sanuk Games)
Red Bull X-Fighters (Xendex)
Rumble Trucks (Playerthree Ltd)
The 2D Adventures Of Rotating Octopus Character (Dakko Dakko Ltd.)
The Impossible Game (Grip Digital)
The Marbians (Nordisk Film Distribution A/S)
Twin Blades (Sanuk Games)
Wackylands Boss (Creat Studios)
Yetisports (Xendex)
Zombie Racers (Big Head Games)
So as you can see there is -quite a bit- that's on the list, though the bulk of them are Minis which, let's face it:  They're important too.  I don't really care for them from the little bit I've been exposed to them (Young Thor, Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess), but they are every bit representative of developer effort as everything else, and the fact that they have to get ESRB rated, thus raising their price a little is unfortunate, but not something exactly controllable.  Regardless, more content on the Vita Store is just that, and it's always welcome, I'm sure we can all agree.  Even if you might not personally care for what that content is, since as we know, content you don't personally care about is useless.

Now, if you take a look at the lists of PSP games, both available today and soon, you might start noticing that there's kind of a little pattern in the publishers in that most of the games have that in common.  There are a couple of publishers that only have one game in the overall list, but it -might- make sense that this is something that Sony has to work directly with the Developer/Publisher over, meaning that batches of entire back-catalogs get moved through in a clip to be added to a list as the one above.  You know, just maybe that's how it works instead of the veritable monkey house that everyone thinks it is apparently.  It isn't that outlandish to suspect that there might be unseen organization to matters like this.

Of course, if I'm correct about the Publishers/Developers link to the whole situation, then that would possibly explain why some notables, namely Sega, Squeenix and Konami, aren't really up there, but at the same time, there's a good chance that there are other reasons compounding that.  Sega, as you know, is kind of in the middle of nearly going kaput in such a fashion that they've had to pretty much gut their American and European branches in the name of 'restructuring' for the future of 'focusing on digital releases', meaning something like licensing disputes or registrations (if it's something as small as that keeping their games like Phantasy Star Portable 2 and Valkyria Chronicles 2 off the store proper) might not be high up to get attention right now, despite it ultimately leading towards making money.  Squeenix, as we all know, has a real aversion towards digital things and have only recently started to lighten up on that and Konami.....well, hell, I dunno about that.  Maybe they're next up, or their games are still being worked on.

As we all know, however, it's kind of hard to trust a list for this sort of thing, no matter what company it is representing it.  So good money is on the list changing in some form before it's all filled out on the store (I imagine games will be uploaded in batches over the next couple of weeks), but which way is hard to know.  The easier bet is on games being removed from it rather than anything else being added, but there have been several surprises before and, remember, the list is only for games that will be fully, officially compatible, as in available directly from the Vita store itself.  Currently, there's games like, well, Valkyria Chronicles 2, that aren't available from the Vita storefront, but are playable on it if you use your PS3 as a bridge to get it on there and then put it on your Vita.  With any luck, some of the games we all want might even be made available by this method that currently aren't.  But either way, it's obvious that it's getting worked on, at least, which is reassuring.

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