Getting a Vita? These Minis Will Play on It!


The successor to the PSP is about to launch in a week or so, and while Sony hasn’t seen fit to advertise it yet, they have at least posted a list of PSP games that will work on it.

The compatibility is not as high as I had hoped. There are 114 Minis listed as compatible but quite a few more Minis than that in total. The most obvious omissions seem to be many of the SNK arcade classics, particularly my beloved Vanguard.

Other notable misses (or at least my favorites) include Family Games and Carnivores: Ice Age (though the original Carnivores made the list), Open Emotion’s games, and Sneezies. It will also be interesting to see if future Minis will be required to work on the Vita. This is only the North American list, so hopefully many European-only games will work.

3, 2, 1…SuperCrash!
4×4 Jam
5-in-1 Arcade Hits
Ace Armstrong vs. the Alien Scumbags!
Actual Crimes: Jack The Ripper
Aero Racer
Age of Hammer Wars
Age of Zombies
Alien Havoc
Alien Zombie Death
Alpha Mission
Ancient Game Treasures: Mill
Apache Overkill
Arcade Darts
Arcade Essentials
Arcade Essentials Evolution
Archibald’s Adventures
Arctic Adventures
Babel: The King of the Blocks
Bashi Blocks
Beam ‘Em Up
Blast Off
Blimp: The Flying Adventures
Block Cascade Fusion
Boom Beats
Brick Breaker
Bubble Trubble
Bunny Dodge
Burnin’ Rubber
Busy Sweets Factory
Car Jack Streets
Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter
Charge! Tank Squad!
Coconut Dodge
D-Cube Planet
Doodle Fit
Dr. MiniGames
Express Raider
Flick Fishing
Flying Hamster
Fort Commander II: Counterattack
Fort Commander: King’s Gambit
Freekscape: Escape from Hell
Funky Punch
Gold Fever
Hello Flowerz
Heracles Chariot Racing
HISTORY: Egypt Engineering an Empire
HISTORY: Ice Road Truckers
Hysteria Project
I Must Run!
Jane’s Hotel
JellyCar 2
Jewel Keepers: Easter Islands
Legend of Kunoichi
Let’s Golf
Lock ‘n’ Chase
Love Cupid
Mahjong Solitaire
Me Monster: Hear Me Roar!
Mighty Flip Champs! DX
Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess
Normal Tanks
One Two Boat Racing
Panda Craze
Pinball Dreams
Pinball Fantasies
Quiz Animania
Ramen Heaven
Reef Aquarium
Retro Cave Flyer
Robin Hood: The Return of Richard
Rocks N’ Rockets
Route 66
Sheep Defense
Smash Break
Space Shooter for 2 Bucks!, A
Spaceball: Revolution
Spot the Differences!
Stellar Attack
Sweet Reversi
Tehra: Dark Warrior
Telegraph Crosswords
Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro
VT Tennis
Who’s That Flying?!
Widget’s Odyssey 2
Widgets Odyssey
Young Thor
Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam
Zombie Tycoon

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14 Responses to “Getting a Vita? These Minis Will Play on It!”
  1. JeremyR says:

    And now I see that CRyan1997 beat me to it in the forums.

    I also wonder if some of these omissions weren’t deliberate, in case of new, Vita only versions. Like perhaps Angry Birds and Tetris, as well as maybe Treasures of Montezuma (as we know one is coming for Vita)

  2. CRyan1997 says:

    Games will be added to the list in the weeks leading up to launch and these are the one’s avaiaible from the store I’m almost certain ALL minis will work on the Vita, well that’s what the comments on the Playstation Blog say

  3. onmode-ky says:

    Yeah, I think these aren’t omissions so much as “games we haven’t yet gotten to certifying as all clear for the PSV to play.” I would guess they’re running games through a barrage of play tests along the lines of PS1 and PS2 games being tested on the PS3 for the PS3 backward-compatibility status website. You know, so they can find out things like “Game pauses at random for 17 seconds during play” or “Game freezes irrecoverably at a specific point.”

  4. JeremyR says:

    I think you are giving Sony way too much credit. I would guess they are just seeing if they boot and play for a minute or two at most

    There was that NIS game in Japan, Criminal Girls, that was supported at launch, then removed because people noticed sound problems (which were later fixed).

  5. JeremyR says:

    And d’oh, they also seem to be missing all of G5’s games (which I all own). And MOZOX, too. So maybe 1/4 of the Minis I own will work.

  6. onmode-ky says:

    Well, I’m just going by what they did for PS1 and PS2 games for PS3 backward compatibility. The examples I cited above are actual issues noted for Shadow Hearts: Covenant and Xenosaga Episode I, respectively, running on PS3 models with software-based PS2 compatibility.

    Actually, I think I got the Xenosaga one slightly wrong, as I believe the game does not freeze, but the player character can’t move.

  7. Ofaliss says:

    1000 Tiny Claws isn’t on the list either. Weird, since Mediatonic’s other two minis are.

  8. kivi95 says:

    Almost every mini will work,this is just games that can be downloaded from the psvita store.

  9. lj_ross says:

    I’m pretty sure that list is not complete. I’m going to check out which Laughing Jackal games that aren’t listed work when I get my Vita and I’ll let you know how it gors in the forum.

  10. Alexey Menshikov says:

    We don’t know exactly why there is not all our minis, Sony is not confirmed it either.
    There is two possibilities – they didn’t tested all of them (because its too many games). The listing includes our first 4 minis released. Or there is a problems with other minis and Sony need fix the Vita emulator and release an update with the emulator hardware.
    I think, its number one, because Carnivores: Ice Age using same engine as Carnivores Dinosaur Hunter.

  11. Nexus Prime says:

    I’m in no rush for a new handheld. I’ll just wait and see how this all turns out.

  12. To my knowledge, this list is a list of games that Sony managed to test as being compatible with PS Vita and that will be available to download to Vita at the time when it is released.

    They continue testing the remaining games and the list will grow.

  13. sniper712 says:

    which means by the time P4G is out there’s plenty of my minis ready to go!!!

  14. Spidertech says:

    I know this article is a bit old, but those lists are crap. I own 5 of the minis in that list and they won’t transfer to the vita, and I have PSP games that are NOT on that list that I HAVE transferred. I emailed PSN support and was told that if they are not in the PSVita store, then they are not compatible (which frankly is bullshit). I compared the list of minis against what is shown in the PS Vita store and there are 24 minis on this list NOT in the store on the Vita. It looks like any minis that were available for free via PS Plus are not transferable to the vita. Sony support denies this though.

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