|From the small screen to the big screen!|
And in HD, too!
The press release (which you can view here) states that this new series will see the games receiving a new high definition coat of paint, downloadable content (the release didn't elaborate on whether or not this would be specific to the new release or not), stereoscopic 3D, as well as compatibility with the original PSP releases. Save data, for instance, can be shared between the two version, allowing one to play on the go and then pick up on the PS3 later. Ad-hoc multiplayer support will also be present in the PS3 releases.
Japan is where the new line will debut, with no immediate confirmation for other territories (not hard to imagine it heading elsewhere, though). The first game to receive the treatment will be Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, the latest portable installment in the popular hack-'n-slash series, though no release date or window was given. Portable 3rd has shipped over 4.5 million copies in Japan since its release in December 2010.
Footage of Monster Hunter in action can be seen below (or here, alternatively).
I'm hoping the Patapon games will be included as part of this. Being able to play 'em without needing to buy a PSP would be great. Make it happen, Sony!