The reason why nobody out here buys PSP games is because the PSP is already on its way out the door much like how the DS has already left the building. The primary US market is already focused on the 3DS and the Vita and the retail shelves reflect this.
OK, so first of all we were talking about VC2 which came out well over a year ago. How are the 3DS and Vita relevant? PSP games have never sold well here, though it has become worse in recent years.
Unfortunately this coincides with the fact that the PSP got its second wind in Japan; which mostly stems from the fact that most third party developers are dragging their heels trying to cram as many releases as they can on the old platforms since they can put off having to relearn how the new platform works.
Utter bullshit mixed with off-topic ranting. The only thing close to a fact in the above is that the PSP had a slow launch in Japan, but this 'second wind' you refer to is not a recent or isolated thing. The system has been big there for a while now. And plenty of developers (in both the east and west) are slow to embrace new hardware not because they are stupid or lazy but because it's much easier to sell games on a platform that has a large install base.
But how is this even relevant? You are talking about a game that was released in Japan in January of 2010, so the 3DS and Vita are not part of the equation. Since the first game was on the PS3 do you really think they switched platforms in order to "put off having to relearn how the new platform"? Seriously?
They switched to the PSP because there have been a ton of PSPs sold in Japan. It was the #1 selling system of 2010.
The real problem with all this is the fact that the PSP wasn't really a success in any significant measure until this second wind hit,
When did this 'second wind' of yours hit, anyway? Seems more like a steady growth to me. Yes Monster Hunter has been a huge influence, but even that serious didn't gain its following overnight.
and rather than share this new found interest with markets outside of Japan they leave us with a mold covered PSP,
To reiterate what started this conversation: Nobody buys PSP games here. That's not the fault of the developers or publishers. What do you want them to do?
a languishing DS, and an ignored 3DS.
This isn't a localization issue. The DS is an old system who's successor has already launched. There aren't many big games on the horizon for it anywhere. First you complain about Japanese developers not moving to new hardware, and now you're complaining about them moving on from old hardware...
And the 3DS doesn't have much of a lineup in Japan either yet. Its lack of games here is hardly the result of 'ingoring' it. But there were a lot of games shown for it at TGS so they're coming. We're in a transition period. It's always a little awkward. But it's hardly doom and gloom looking forward.
And of course to JRPG gamers outside of Japan who's genre of choice is by and large locked to said handhelds are basically screwed at this point since all the wells have mostly run dry.
We got some great games this year. Radiant Historia and Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky for example. We are missing out on a number of PSP games because, again, nobody here buys PSP games. This is a business, not a charity. Over the course of this rant you have come up with several convoluted excuses to place the blame anywhere but on the American consumer, but it just doesn't hold water. PSP games have never sold well here, and as the system has gotten old that certainly hasn't improved. Meanwhile in Japan it's more ubiquitous than the PS2 was in its day. Japanese developers aren't going to ignore it, but they can't localize the games if people don't buy them. It's an unfortunate situation, but you're ranting about the wrong thing.
Hell even the consoles can't really throw us a bone since even the very occasional console release is being ignored.
Other than Nintendo's antics with Xenoblade, Last Story, etc (which are getting European releases, at least) what major console releases have been ignored? The track record there has actually been really good.
But hey, who needs facts.