Get the North American PS Vita on 12/17/11
The PSVita will be available in Japan first on December 17, 2011, Europe and Australia, February 22, 2012. But what about North America? According to IGN, it will be available on February 22, 2012. UGH…
If you really want to “have” the PS Vita that will work with “American” games on 12/17/11, you can always import the device straight from Japan, because the device is Region Free. What this means is that the Vita can be used to play games anywhere in the world and still play games released in North America. So if you really want to be the first person to have there hands on this and still play NA Games, buying it from Japan would be your best bet.