Vita To Ship December 31st?

Some Vita-pre-ordering mofos are getting word from Amazon that their shiny new handheld will not, in fact, be arriving “this holiday season” (which implies November and early December), but may rather be shipping on the last day of the year, and arriving in early January.

I know, first world problems, right? But it does mean that Sony will miss out on a huge sales opportunity, and a lot of kids are going to be unwrapping 3DSes (potential eye damage notwithstanding) instead of Vitas. Nobody likes finding an I.O.U. under the tree. No confirmation from Sony yet, though, so let’s not all freak out.