I tend to believe that the VIta's launch should have been delayed until about now.
I don't think Sony did any favors for the Vita in the US, releasing it as early as they did. It had a good launch lineup, but languished for many months during the late spring and summer without many significant releases, which I believed hurt the platform significantly.
If the Vita launched in the US about now, it could have benefited from the hype of its release coupled with the holiday buying season. With the library that is already built up for the Vita, it could have launched with really strong titles like Uncharted, COD, Assassin's Creed, LBP, Madden, and Need for Speed. All of the remaining titles could have been spaced out and released on a schedule, going into 2013, so that there is a perceived indication that there is regular release of games. By doing this, it will give Sony and other developers some breathing room to better develop Vita's 2013 titles.
We also could have avoided the seemingly long amount of time it took Sony to make the Vita compatible with PSone classics and digital PSP games. These options should have been available from the start, and I think it hurt the Vita's reputation that it wasn't. This could have been avoided with a US Fall '12 launch.
Having the cross-buy/cross-play program set up at launch, as well as Vita's inclusion in the PS+ program, could have really resonated with current PS3 owners.
In general, I think it is a bad idea for Sony to do a simultaneous (or near simulation) launch of their systems. The PS1's and PS2's US launches were about 9 and 5 months (respectively) after their respective Japanese launches, and that allowed those platforms to launch in the country with a decent selection of titles and future release of content on a continuous basis.
The PSP was launched in the US at similar timeframe (post Japanese launch) as the Vita, but the main difference was that the PSP was a very unique platform at the time, and had plenty of 3rd party support, helping to ensure a good launch and post launch. Because the Vita did not have as much 3rd party support to begin with, should have necessitated a delay in its launch in territories outside of Japan.
I'm kind of on the fence on whether or not the Vita launch was premature. I'm happy it launched when it did, because soon (a few months) after I was able to play MGS: Snake Eater on a handheld (a personal dream = fullfilled). What the Vita needed was a powerhouse game at launch, and I'm not saying that uncharted is not a powerhouse franchise, but imagine if the Vita was launched with an all new God of War game for the Vita or a Grand Turismo Vita. Sony should know that to be successful you need to show up to the party carrying your biggest guns and Sony relied on third party developers to do that for them, this in my opinion was their biggest mistake. Well, we can only learn from our mistakes and hopefully Sony can learn from theirs.
troll? How is facts trolling? Nintendo went from dominant industry behemoth to a console that lost most third party support, sold way less then its previous consoles (ONly 30 Million) and got trounced by a new kid on the block in sony...
I had an N64, it had some great games but from a financial and business side it was a massive failure by nintendo, they also decided to stick with cartridges instead of CD's which made developing for the system a pain.
I am an xbox fan cause I said N64 was a failure? Do you have a brain?
I gotta stand with puppetz, the N64 was a flop. And before we go down the "fanboy" road, I was a nintendo loyalist until the N64.
It had a badly limited selection of games, absurd controllers and accessories, and an "optional" uprgade that turned out to be required for the last generation of games. The ONLY things it did right were LoZ and SSB, 2 game series that almost singlehandedly kept this system afloat.
Back on the real topic, as much as I LOVE my Vita, it has suffered from a lack of games. Further, some of these games could have used just a little more time in the shop, if you know what I mean. Had it come out NOW, I'd probably be even happier with it, as I wouldn't have had to wait for everything.