To all intents and purposes, the PlayStation Vita is dead.

All things considered, it's done well to cling on for so long, given that Sony ended first party support for it back in early 2015. Because of great support from the indie community and a wealth of unusual Japanese titles however, for a legion of gamers, the handheld has remained cherished. But now there's the Nintendo Switch.

Since the Switch has come onto the scene it seems to have stolen some of the PlayStation Vita's thunder, and it'll probably continue to do so. It's current, it's supported and indies love it, so it seems like common sense that it's going to take the Vita's place as the serious handheld of choice.

Before we say goodbye to the Vita though, we thought we'd celebrate its life by giving a shout out to the games we feel are the best available on the format. If you own, or are thinking about buying a PlayStation Vita, these are the games you should definitely own.

40. Street Fighter x Tekken

Street Fighter x Tekken Vita

Release Date: October 2012
Genre: Fighting
Metascore: 79

It's Street Fighter. On the Vita. With Tekken characters thrown into the mix for good measure. What more could you want, really?

While the visuals are clearly downgraded for the PlayStation Vita version, Street Fighter x Tekken has all the content of its home console counterpart and is just as much fun to play. If you're after a straight up fighting game to play on the go, Street Fighter x Tekken is the best game on the PlayStation Vita for it.

39. Superbeat Xonic

Release Date: November 2015
Genre: Music rhythm
Metascore: 81
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Rock-hard but a hell of a lot of fun to play, Superbeat Xonic is one of the best music rhythm games available on the PlayStation Vita.

As you play through the game's fantastic selection of songs you'll level up, unlocking new content and gameplay modifiers as you go. The question is, are you up to the challenge?

38. The Walking Dead: A Telltale Game Series

Release Date: August 2013
Genre: Adventure
Metascore: 82

The first season of Telltale's The Walking Dead blew us away when it was released thanks to its brilliant storytelling, and thankfully, it's available on the PlayStation Vita.

As ports go it's a bit creaky but serviceable, allowing you to play The Walking Dead anytime, anywhere. Just try not to scare yourself, okay?

37. Toukiden: Kiwami

Release Date: March 2015
Genre: Action
Metascore: 82
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An enhanced version of the original Toukiden that was also released for PlayStation Vita, Toukiden: Kiwami is essential if you want to partake in some Monster Hunter-style action.

Featuring more content and refined gameplay, if you want to do battle with strange and often gigantic beasts, this is the PlayStation Vita game for you.

36. Salt and Sanctuary

Release Date: March 2017
Genre: Action
Metascore: 84 (PlayStation 4)
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Originally released for the PlayStation 4, Salt and Sanctuary is often described as a 2D Dark Souls, and it's a description that's not too far off the mark.

Dark and brutal, it'll have you exploring a mysterious world while engaging in dangerous battle with many grotesque creatures. You'll love every second of it though.

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