I just spent the better part of the last month sitting at a bedside, my wife and children at home, with a whole lot of time just... waiting for the inevitable, I played my switch solidly for the first few days as myself and my siblings all took turns being at that beside and enduring the suffering. But, as I "caught up" with my backlog of Switch games, I found myself wishing that I had a new vita or at least more of the games that I really enjoyed coming back to, which as it turns out, isn't Nintendo games. Before long I just stopped bringing it to the hospital/hospice center every day and would just save the gaming until my brother and I got back to his place so we could fire up the PS4, and play the games we liked to play together, I am completely done with Splatoon 2, Mario Odyssey, Zelda, Kirby, Doom, Bayonetta, and Mario + Rabbids. I've never been a Smash or Pokemon fan, and I have no interest in picking up third party titles I've already played, and beaten months if not years ago on other platforms, and I just don't know what's left for me. My Switch is slowly but surely becoming nothing more than the neat thing that gets played at friend gatherings and little more. Sure, Mario Kart 8 and Mario Party are the same laughs they've been for 20 years (and to be honest not much has changed vs theier Wii counterparts). Mario Tennis Aces has shown that it's gameplay is increasingly grating as the key to success is mastering gimmicks rather than tennis itself. So here I am, looking at Zelda: Link's Awakening and Grid: Autosport and thinking "I guess so since there's really nothing else".
I used to bring my vita everywhere and never ran out of something to play for years and years. There was always something else to keep my going, or something compelling to keep me going back to. The more time goes on, the more confident I am that if Sony announced a new portable tomorrow with say, PS4 digital compatibility, my Switch would quickly go up on craigslist, and probably wouldn't be missed.
Side note: Pick up Super Mega Baseball 2 if you can. Super solid game, but, unsurprisingly, not available on Switch.
Just out of curiosity, what type of games on Vita were keeping you so busy for those years?
The Danganronpas, metal gear solid HD collection, wipeout, madden, fifa, odin sphere, Assassin's Creed, super stardust, the final fantasy games that like X, X-2, and World of Final Fantasy, Tales of Hearts, and Trails of Cold Steel I & II. Every once in a while I would dabble in persona. Even minecraft. I already had an entire compound built up on my vita, but I wasn't about to start from scratch, yet again on my Switch. I ended up with like 30-40 hard copies of Vita games after years of picking up random games, mostly for cheap.
And that's not to say they were all good. I couldn't get into Gravity Rush at all, nor did I like Borderlands 2 or Black Ops: Declassified, and Freedom Wars got old very quickly. I have hard copies of all of them, but I don't think I'll ever crack open those cases again. I even got one of those japanese girl fighting games to try (Sengan Kagura I think). The icon was a girl's ass in panties. Super cringe.
To be honest, I think a big part of that was Playstation Plus. Every month I had two games to at least try for no additional cost, so there was always something new to try. Even if I only spent like an hour playign it before I got bored of it, it was still new. But every once in a while there was something like Helldivers or Sine More that I didn't put down for weeks. Besides that I got games like Uncharted, Gravity Rush, Wipeout, Need for Speed, Sly Cooper, and so many more top tier Vita titles for no upfront cost, ready to download whenever I like. Then there was all of the PS1 classics I played my formative gaming years playing that I got mostly when I played PSP and PS3, and even PSP digital games were solid on Vita. To this day there's no portable hockey experience better than NHL 07 for PSP on Vita.
And maybe that's one of my biggest problems. So many of those great indie/third party games that are out/coming to the Switch I've already played and owned on my Vita or PS3 or PS4. I don't feel any need to go back and start many of these games again, and if I did, I certainly don't feel like paying money for a game I already got for "free" on PS+. I'd just break out the Vita instead.