I've never been a big fan of handheld games, and the PSP is a system that I've outright ignored thanks to it's terrible selection of games early on. A friend recently showed me some good games on it, and the drastically reduced price over the weekend convinced me to get one. I've barely even looked at the selection of games for this until now, so I could use some recommendations.
I picked up a bunch of games for cheap when I bought the system and spent the holiday playing them. Here's what I have or am planning to buy.
R-Type: Command - bought on a whim, but this is actually amazing so far
Mega Man Powered Up - ignored it forever because it looked like a lazy spinoff, but this is also awesome
Armored Core: Formula Front - in which you spend 3 hours customizing a team of robots, and the next 50 trying to make them slightly less stupid
Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles - Because I am a horrible person and have not played SOTN yet. If this happens to be a bad port, please warn me so I can return it soon.
Prinny - I actually bought this a while ago when I saw it in Toys R Us with the soundtrack, since my wife insisted that we get a PSP someday for whatever FF7 game is on it and I knew this was a difficult one to find. Now it's lost in my room somewhere and I'm trying so hard to find it because it looked like exactly the sort of game I want to play.
Whatever FF7 game is on it - I don't have any strong feelings about FF7 either way, but I didn't like it enough to play its spinoffs or remember what they're all called.
FF Tactics remake - I love Tactics and I want it with me wherever I go
I'm not interested in buying anything that I can experience better on a main console, and the prevalence of sequels/spinoffs of existing PS2/PS3 games is why I've ignored this for so long. So, no God of War, Dynasty Warriors, or anything like that unless it is very different from the other titles in its series and there is no other way to play it. I can already tell that I'm going to hate this stick(?) for anything intense, so I'd prefer 2D games that use the D-Pad. Formula Front is an exception because I don't actually have to fight in it.
My favorite genres are platformers and SRPGs (anything with a grid), and I'll play the occasional standard RPG if there's something interesting about it. Most of the games Atlus puts out are good examples. Space shooters are fine too, but I already know a guy who's an expert on them and knows my preferences, so I'll probably hear about them all in the next few days. my wife loves puzzlers, so feel free to mention any of those you like as well.
In particular, I'd like to hear about anything interesting or weird that would be worth looking into. I noticed a game on the shelf that I can't remember the name of which claims to be a cross of an SRPG and a bullet hell shooter. I have no idea how they pulled off that unholy union, but I'm certainly going to try it.
So, what should I buy next?
EDIT: Almost forgot- I am not a fan of downloadable content and I'm not going to have a good internet connection until I get my own house sometime in the summer, so nothing that relies heavily on downloads or is only good for multiplayer.