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Nintendo 3DS – Release Date – October 2010

Nintendo 3DS – Release Date – October 2010

by Bradley DeLorenzoApril 21, 2010

UK trade sources tell CVG handheld is just six months away

Nintendo’s 3DS will be released a full two months in advance of Christmas this year, CVG can reveal.

UK industry sources have today informed us that the platform holder is readying an October launch for the system – which it will announce at E3.

That means it will go head-to-head with Microsoft’s own great hardware hope this winter, Project Natal.

News of an October launch was a surprise for the execs we spoke to – as Nintendo had only previously announced that the handheld would hit shelves before March, 2011.

An October launch pre-dates that expiry date by a full six months – and gives Nintendo a three-month run-up to Christmas.

One very senior publishing source told CVG: “It’s a surprise – we were expecting it much closer to Christmas. But I suppose it gives Nintendo the opportunity to get it front and centre in people’s minds nice and early.

“In my experience, you don’t launch a product that early to Christmas unless you’re confident in it – and going to spend a lot of money on it. We’re reassured that Nintendo is going to give it some decent backing in Q4.”

The 3DS allows gamers to enjoy software with 3D effects without the need for any special glasses – but will also play regular DS titles.

Professor Layton developer Level 5 is reportedly creating a custom 3D game for the system.

Nintendo describes it as ‘the new portable game machine to succeed [the] Nintendo DS series’. Take from that what you will.

CVG asked Cambridge University 3D experts how the device might work earlier this year.

We haven’t yet got hold of a specific launch date – but Sunday, October 10 (10/10/10) is surely a front runner.

Nintendo told CVG today’s story was merely “rumour and speculation”. We get that a lot.


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  • R4SDHC
    April 22, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I first read about the 3DS on the NDS-Gear blog here:

    I have to say the concept is breathtaking, because it's doing for handheld consoles what the Wii did for traditional consoles. Having to tilt and move the console to solve puzzles in games, dodge attacks, et cetera is a brand new concept that will hopefully change the way we play – and this is the reason it will be a resounding success, regardless of how mature the technology is.

    Well done Nintendo!

  • Anymous
    June 16, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    When's Animal Crossing coming out for this?

    • June 17, 2010 at 8:03 am

      there are no definite/confirmed release dates for anything except The Sims 3 will be coming out sometime in 2011…so, we're not sure about a date for Animal Crossing. however, it IS confirmed to be coming.

  • February 24, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I can’t wait for this to release i’m soo excited

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