One of the first things I tried when firing up my new Vita was to buy, for the third time, a copy of the PSP game Ultimate Ghosts 'n' Goblins. That series has been a loyal companion since I picked up the famous Commodore 64 port of the original coin-op back in the '80s. I've bought 'em all.
Ultimate is a dignified send-off, a snowglobe of levels and mechanics that lets the series retire on its own terms, under the direction of creator Tokuro 'Professor F' Fujiwara. Gorgeous on PSP, it's supposedly even better on Vita's 5-inch OLED display. I say 'supposedly' because no one in Europe can buy it.
It's a firmware issue, they say, a glitch in the game's save system introduced by a certain PSP system update. Only in Europe, though, where it saw the game promptly pulled from PlayStation Store, never to return. Is the glitch fixed? Will the game reappear? No one's saying, and no one knows how or whom to petition. Which sucks.