My pal Cheapy D (Cheap Ass Gamer) lives in Tokyo, but he likes him some North American territory game systems. He ordered a PlayStation Vita at E3 and just now got a ship date for his order: January 2012. Being in Japan, with the item shipping from North America, he'll get it that first week of January.
Since I've heard this a few of our readers that also placed orders are getting the same news. It seems the release date is December 31. Most are expected to see their systems arrive by January 4th.
Right after Christmas. Hmmph. What a punch in the balls. Still, that's soon! I'm ready!