Gamers in the US won’t be able to buy a Playstation Vita until February 22, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start buying games.
Discount retailer Walmart has already begun selling the launch title Modnation Racers: Road Trip, a good two and a half weeks before the system it’s played on will hit stores.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen games hitting the store shelves before their respective system, and in fact it makes us curious if this might start becoming a trend.
After all, gamers are always anxious about new systems. This one is especially exciting since Sony hasn’t released a new platform since 2006. So if there’s a little glimmer of Vita merchandise available well in advance of the system itself, customers might pick it up just to have a piece of the new platform.
It’s a way to spur sales of a launch title ahead of time, and may encourage players who had no intention of buying that particular game otherwise. Then again, it could just be that Sony didn’t set a specific release date to retailers and just assumed they would use common sense and wait for the Vita itself to go on sale.
Whatever the reason, it is at least a good sign that Vita progress in the US is coming along as expected.