The PlayStation Vita is the $250 $200 handheld that either the world desperately needed or needed not at all. It could go either way in this era of rampant cell phone gaming, where many games are played with nary the press of a button or flick of a stick.

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The Vita (reviewed here) gives us a $200 handheld machine with sticks, touch panels, lots of buttons, a fully-downloadable game library (optional; you can buy many of the games in physical stores), lots of online features and, oh yeah, graphical horsepower like we’ve never seen before in a gaming handheld.

Cool. So what must you play on this thing? Start with these games.

Update 8/21/2013: Vita price drop officially announced! Sony dropped the news at Gamescom yesterday, to the welcoming arms and ears of probably many gamers. If you were waiting for just this kind of news to hit before making your handheld hardware purchase, now is the time to check out what games you’ll want to get started with. We’ve made a few adjustments in light of the recent events, swapping in Hotline Miami, Rymdkapsel and Thomas Was Alone in place of Hot Shots Golf, Lumines and Where Is My Heart. Take a look at our new list below.

Update 11/12/2012: The quality of titles available for Sony’s handheld keeps getting better so we’re refreshing the list of what we think are the best games for the PlayStation Vita. New to the Bests for Vita are: Assassin’s Creed III: LiberationNeed for Speed Most Wanted andPersona 4 Golden. Games that fell off