Sony's portable may not survive long without these insanely popular IPs.
Sony's PlayStation Vita is the most powerful handheld gaming system in history.
All of its bells and whistles won't mean a thing, though, without must have video games.
Unfortunately, that lineup won't topple Nintendo. For Sony's portable to have a realistic shot at market dominance, it'll need to host these big time franchises.
Call of Duty
Activision's first person juggernaut was the first thing we thought of the moment Sony revealed Vita's dual analog sticks. Picture a scenario where this year's Call of Duty not only debuts on the system, but also supports cross platform play with PlayStation 3 users, giving fans the opportunity to transfer profiles (awards, load-outs) between console and handheld while battling people online. Instant system seller.
Grand Theft Auto
GTA was huge on PSP, with both Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories playing a big role in putting the handheld on the proverbial map. Considering Vita's tech, a new entry in Rockstar's celebrated franchise would definitely push millions of units out the door.
To that end, we'd prefer a new entry/spin-off over a port of the upcoming Grand Theft Auto 5.
God of War
Kratos went on homicidal rampages in both God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta, much to the delight of millions of PSP owners that gushed over the phenomenal graphics and intense action sequences. With well over three million units sold, Sony would be foolish to deprive Vita owners of enjoying this franchise on the go.
It would seem Square Enix's Final Fantasy IP succeeds regardless of platform, and Sony definitely benefited from a plethora of games on PSP. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Dissidia Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (among other games) went on to become best sellers. Bottom line, the sooner it appears on Vita, the better.
Another Square Enix favorite. The PSP title, Birth by Sleep, cleared a million with over 800,000 copies sold in Japan alone. 3DS owners have much to look forward to this year with Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. Seems like a safe bet this series will grace Vita in some fashion.
Capcom shocked the gaming community by announcing Monster Hunter Tri G and Monster Hunter 4 for Nintendo's 3DS, leaving future Vita owners to wonder if the celebrated franchise (which is huge in Japan) will ever come to Sony's latest machine.
Unfortunately, we still don't know, and while Sony can probably do just fine without Monster Hunter, deep down, the higher ups probably wish Capcom would reveal something, anything, for their product.