Nintendo launching 3DS in October?

British gaming site claims publishing sources in UK were "surprised" by 3D-capable system's early-holiday launch window.

Source: UK gaming site CVG.

What we heard: Nintendo timed the announcement of its upcoming 3DS at a weird hour. Preempting the launch of the DSi XL by a launch in March, Nintendo said the system's glasses-free, 3D-capable successor would arrive a year or less later. Analysts quickly speculated that the announcement was a proactive measure to get ahead of unauthorized media leaks.

It remains unclear what the 3DS will even look like.

Now, it appears as if Nintendo has selected an equally unexpected launch window for its newest handheld. UK gaming site CVG reports today that Nintendo plans to launch the 3DS this October, a move that will allow it to get a two-month jump on the busy holiday shopping season. CVG noted that its information came by way of "UK industry sources," that were apparently caught off guard by Nintendo's release strategy.

"It's a surprise--we were expecting it much closer to Christmas," a source reportedly told the site. "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."

Nintendo is said to be planning on announcing the system's release date during its Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference on June 15. Also, CVG's report did not indicate whether the October launch was a worldwide rollout. While the publisher has in the past clumped together the European and North American releases for DS-branded systems, the Japanese launch often happens several months earlier.

If the release schedule for the DS line of handhelds is any indication, Nintendo has no proclivity toward launching in a particular month. The original Nintendo DS landed in North America in November 2004. That release was followed by the DS Lite in June 2006, with the DSi following in April 2009. The DSi XL arrived stateside in March 2010.

Also, an October launch window would make sense for Nintendo, were it to want to get ahead of high-profile hardware releases from Microsoft and Sony. Both companies have scheduled the launch of their heavily hyped camera-based motion-sensing add-ons for the holiday window.

The official story: Nintendo had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Leaning toward not bogus. Even though Nintendo saw a significant bump in DS sales during March in the US due to the XL, interest in the system has significantly waned in the past few months. Staying ahead in the handheld market is key to the publisher, and an early October launch would have the fringe benefit of preempting--or disrupting--Project Natal and PlayStation Move's fall debuts.

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1357900
1357900

If this rumor is true, N is gonna get serious backlash from everyone purchasing all these different forms of their handhelds. This actually brings up an interesting point, the lack of content transferability from DSi to DSiXL... Should N continue this trend of anti-backwards-compatibility w/ their handhelds, would they do so, as to ensure each model still serves a purpose, even w/ more superior hardware available? & I mean this in the same way, the DS conveniently could only play "Only" GBA games "Only" single player. So the GBA could still live, & not die early.

Smarty12
Smarty12

@lazycomplife Haha nice :) I would totally buy a 3DS just to experience that! But in all seriousness, 3D gaming is kind of pointless and a waste of time. If all the devs use the 3D technology only to make games look "cool" (and I would bet my money that's exactly what they're gonna do) and not make the gaming experience better, well then not only is it pointless, it's hurtful to the industry. I don't support it. I've also been a proud PS3 Slim owner since it's launch and I am not in the least bit excited about the new firmware with 3D capabilities.

camokool23
camokool23

They sould of put this bloody idea into action and brought this out in 2005 when ds was relesed..... and wii (sloppy) coulud do better 3ds will never surpass if nintendo fixed up wii **hint*hint**

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

Now edgeworth's finger will pop out at the screen and shake at me.

xinoeph
xinoeph

OMG ax23000 You are a legend

jamesm7786
jamesm7786

I think there should be a new version of the DS every 6 months. ha ha. It is terrible that they do this to consumers. How many people ran out and got a DSi just to see the DSi XL come out shortly after? Now, how many people ran out for the XL just to hear the news about this 3DS? Silly stuff... I'll just stick to my PSP, it will be quite a powerful hand-held for some time...

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

Will this be coming out in america by then, or is october '10 only for japan?

ax23000
ax23000

To those who say 3D (read: depth perception) is a gimmick...if it's so gimmicky why don't you stab out one of your eyes? Come on, you don't need it. It's just a stupid gimmick that accidentally evolved in thousands of different species stretching across a time span of millions of years. Obviously you don't NEED it, so why have it at all. While you're at it maybe you should see about getting rid of that pesky color stuff. Completely superfluous. I can figure out what color things are when I watch black and white movies, therefore I shouldn't really NEED color at all. It's just a distraction.

Depresso
Depresso

Obviously the Move is goiing to be better than the Wii. The Wii is 4 years old ! I suspect the Wii successor will be better than all of them and in 3D ! Then, of course there's Natal ! The winner is the consumer !

whatevawhateva
whatevawhateva

What the faaaaauuuuk. I'm not a hater of 3D or nintendo but this a little fast. I'm looking forward to the playstation move, it's probably going to be so much better than the wii'sbecause sony's done motion control before. Ihope red steels going to be on the PS3.

Jammerz14
Jammerz14

Can't wait to catch geodude in 3D popping out of my screen! Is it me or this 3D thing just a bit overrated?

smartV-Raptor77
smartV-Raptor77

I was going to get the DSiXl, but now i think i will just wait for this new system to come into stores. I just hope that there will be some killer dinosaur games with awesome graphics and attacks. That alone would be enough for me to buy it. But for now i'll just wait and see. Reading a reveiw about it before buying it would be a good idea, just to see if it is worth the money.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

I suspect that the reason they're pushing this fall release is because it's so unbelievably soon that it'll be believable if they delay it.

geomyr
geomyr

i think if nintendo release it in october i need to save up for that hmm 3ds cool :)

lanmanna
lanmanna

The 3DS is the next step, like PS2 was to the PS1. This isn't a minor upgrade like all the DS and PSP systems have been up until now. I am guessing it will have Gamecube-like graphics, music/video player, camera, 3D, and the downloadable games.

UnknownForm
UnknownForm

Looking foward on checking it and it's technology out! ;)

Triton
Triton

Pass. Just imagine all the neat colors they will come out with every few months...got milk?

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I hope Nintendo can pull this one off the 3DS sound like a concept that could really be revolutionary. Or we could have a Virtual boy 2 epic fail

NND1
NND1

Now this sounds exciting!!

idratherbgaming
idratherbgaming

Sony and Microsoft obviously thought Nintendo was on to something with motion control, so I wouldn't be surprised in the least if BOTH companies came out with a 3DS knockoff by the end of next year.

elozl
elozl

ok, this will be my first handheld im interested at since the Gameboy !

chefstubbies
chefstubbies

I'm pretty happy if this news is accurate.

Landrack
Landrack

@Sheeshal You got to admit though, it does seem like things are going to 3D glasses. It is a nice extra feature though.

Sheeshal
Sheeshal

@Landrack they said we are in future !!! aren't we !!! this is the real question :p

Rev8691
Rev8691

@ fester420 haha ah whateverrrrr

fighterguard
fighterguard

@wilt1725grog @MsRay306 Since the announcement, Nintendo stated clearly that the 3DS is meant to be the successor to the current DS. It will not only sport a glass-free 3D capable screen (or maybe both), but is also more beefed up in terms of hardware capabilities. Sure, it will be backwards compatible with all DS games. Think of it as the kind of evolution seen from the GameBoy to the GameBoy Advance.

fester420
fester420

@Rev8691 Actually it was the Atari Lynx that introduced color to portable gaming, Game Gear was the second and then the Game Boy Color. EDIT: Sorry, I almost forgot about the TurboExpress which came after the Atari Lynx.

Landrack
Landrack

What is up with things these days and pop out the screen 3D?

wilt1725grog
wilt1725grog

I don't really care right now at any release day, what i would like to know fisrt is, if this thing really is a new hand held system or just a DS with a defrent look and a few minor enhancements and that's all.

Captain_Spoono
Captain_Spoono

erm... bogus... its WAY to soon for it to be decent/done... but so was left 4 dead 2.... i don't know... i'll buy it either way, but it's definetly going to be over 200$, so i hope om satisfied with my purchase.

MsRay306
MsRay306

Can someone explain to me if the 3D's is a totally different system or just a different game experience? If it is just the games then it might be kind of fun... well I hope so!!

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

No, I say it's at least a year away.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

@dane what the hell are you talking, how am i nintendo fanboy after spending two posts ripping apart nintendo, saying i could care less about the major franchises because they would be picked up as third party game anyway, why dont you read someone's post before even commenting - thats right im a nintendo fan boy, probably because i say things like i hope nintendo finally meets in console demise

Trogeton
Trogeton

I like the fact that you ca just tilt the 3ds in certain games and look inside it like looking into a box.. no you don't tilt your head, you tilt the ds

huntervaneg
huntervaneg

2011 in America for sure!! Japan maybe end of the year but I do not believe so!!

UberGameSystem
UberGameSystem

This is the japan launch if i'm not mistaken. Either way, I'm very excited about this and I want it. Have to agree with Adam_the_Nerd. wonder why they didn't hold of pokemon black and white as 3ds titles. Hope they do

goki1012
goki1012

i have a bad feeling about this.

OreoMilkshake
OreoMilkshake

So many ignorant hypocrites. It's a new system, not upgrade. And you know that company that makes your car? They release a new car every year. Go complain about that.

Flint247
Flint247

I do agree that this shouldn't rushed. I hope they were working on this for a long time. But I can trust them for making quality products.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

WOO. So if this is coming out, why isn't Pokemon Black and White a 3DS Launch title?

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@Reiken37 You mean the virtual boy? Nintendo has been great, a little more 3rd party and hardcore game support and I will be on board. Though the DS has been much better with this than the Wii is.

gskywalker09
gskywalker09

I must say i'm hyped for this & will pick it up when it comes out.

Reiken37
Reiken37

Im picking it up. Go Nintendo, I got every console/handheld from them (Although the obscure one whose name escapes me I dont own). I'll get it no matter what, it will most definitely be worth the money.

TheLemonGelati
TheLemonGelati

If rumors are true(about it having the technical capability of the cube & the 3D portion actually panning out as stated) I'll definitely be picking it up. The Wii has done great for them and so has the DS but from all of the profit accumulated by the two system and strong first party titles.. I know I'm not the only one that would love Nintendo to get back into pushing the graphical standpoint of their systems. Adding some sort of achievement system wouldn't hurt either..

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

As far as I'm concerned, Nintendo rushing out the 3DS could prove to be a problem for them. If this is true there could not only be shortages but there also could glitch isssues. Rushing a system out is NEVER a good idea. Period. SEGA learned that twice with Saturn in America and Dreamcast in Japan, Atari learned with Jaguar and Sony learned with PS3 in Japan. Also, Hitachi is also speculated to be in cahoots with SEGA to release a new touch screen handheld which may be annouced at E3 2010. Which seems really strange and not very likely to happen since SEGA gave up on handhelds over a decade ago. Here are some of the specs for Hitachi's new cell processor Renesas SH-Mobile APE4 (R8A73720) - Fabricated in Renesas' optimized 45nm low power process - ARM Cortex A8 1GHz Central Processing Unit - PowerVR SGX540 200MHz Graphics Processing Unit -- ARM Cortex A8 1GHz Central Processing Unit

Flint247
Flint247

In my opinion, the DSi XL shouldn't count because it's really no different from the DSi except being bigger. So I am not surprised at them reviling the 3DS a while ago.