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“Nintendo 3DS is scheduled to launch by the end of Nintendo’s current fiscal year, which runs through March 31, 2011.” Charlie Scibetta, senior director of Corporate Communications

Ugh…This is starting to get extremely annoying. You’d think Nintendo would be able to comment on a remark made by their own North American president! I guess we’re back to square one…The 3DS will launch before the end of March 2011, and that’s all we know for sure.


A few days ago, Reggie Fils-Aime told Jimmy Fallon that the 3DS will be launching next year. The thing is, that’s not necessarily true. Sources close to Nintendo’s Japanese headquarters claim that the statement Reggie made was an error. That means that the 3DS still has a chance of being on store shelves this holiday. Nintendo has only confirmed that the system will launch in major territories by the end of March 2011, but if it’s out sooner than that, a conference will be held later this year.


Check out this little exchange between Reggie Fils-Aime and Jimmy Fallon…

Jimmy: Nintendo DS is my favorite system I think out there and I heard a rumor that there’s a 3D NIntendo DS is coming out. Is that true?

Reggie: That is absolutely true.

Jimmy: When is it coming out?

Reggie: It’s coming out next year.

Now, I’m not saying this is true, but I can’t fully believe this yet. Iwata, Cammie Dunaway, and even Reggie himself have been very reluctant to talk about the 3DS’ release date. It just seems odd that there would be a confirmation on a late night television show!

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“The last day of the show, I actually got out of the Disney Interactive booth around 4:15. I knew I was only going to get to see One Thing at E3. And I knew it was going to be either Deus Ex: Human Revolution or the 3DS. Though it pained me to make the call, the 3DS got the nod. All I can say is ‘Wow!’ Okay, I lied – I can and will say a lot more than ‘wow.’ The 3DS changed my life. Seriously. I can be pretty stubborn and when I decide I know something or I’m right about something, I don’t often change my mind. Well, I just want to say I’ve been completely wrong about 3D all my life. I never got it before. Until now.
Until the 3DS. Check back tomorrow and I’ll tell you all about it.” – Warren Spector

Whether it’s Epic Mickey or a different game/franchise, I know that I’d love to see a title on the 3DS created by Spector. Once work on Epic Mickey is complete, perhaps he can consider working with the system.

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A number of prominent developers have already devoted their resources to the 3DS, but we may have to wait awhile to see a creation from Castlevania creator Koji Igarashi. Igarashi told Destructoid that he has received a development kit from Nintendo, though he has a lot of testing to do before he can come up with anything concrete. With that said, he definitely has interest in making titles for the system and said that the technology behind the 3DS has improved since he had last seen it.


“It was a real wow moment when we first held the 3DS, but unfortunately I don’t think we will see it this year.” – Marc Spence, head of entertainment at Best Buy UK

“At E3 I managed to get hands on with 3DS and found the experience very impressive. With only rumours of the release date, I hope to get my hands on one of these again before Christmas, but I suspect it is unlikely for this year.” – Sarah Jasper at online giant The Hut

“UK retail will be holding its breath hoping for a 2010 3DS release to deliver a much-needed boost to hardware sales. [a 2010 launch for 3DS would be] a much welcomed surprise. In reality it may be that stock will be built for the US and Japan markets before we see 3DS in Europe.” –
Asda’s new head of games Andrew Thompson

Honestly, I never thought that the 3DS would be released in Europe this year. North America and Europe saw the release of the Wii and DS first, so I expect that will happen with Nintendo’s next handheld as well. Although, I’m not sure if the 3DS will even be released in any territory this year.


“With the quality of the device they’ve got it’s possible they can expand their audience into an older, broader audience. It was interesting to see games like Saint’s Row on the device. If we could bring, let’s say, a House of the Dead or an Aliens title, if the audience for 3DS is much broader it could give us much more scope in that market, and that’s as exciting as well as Mario & Sonic and Monkey Ball games. The 3DS is Nintendo through and through, this is Nintendo’s brilliance. They’re almost in their own technological world, doing their own thing. Whilst 3D TV is quite an amazing technology advancement, and many companies will get into that, Nintendo will now create this huge business with their own unique piece of technology that very few if any, will be able to copy. That’s Nintendo over and over again, it’s fantastic. For us as a third-party it’s a great leg up in terms of the portable business.” – SEGA West’s president Mike Hayes

House of the Dead on the 3DS…That could be a ton of fun. And an Aliens game? It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a high-quality entry in the series…I’d be interested in it!


“As you saw from Nintendo’s press conference yesterday, there is new hardware coming out. We knew that was coming. We had to make decisions understanding that there were hardware changes in the near future and where want to put our resources…No decision has been made. Rather than creating [Final Fantasy] V or VI for the current DS we want to take a look to see how 3DS does, how it evolves, and then make a decision.” – Shinji Hashimoto

You may remember that, a few weeks ago, Hashimoto said that there would be “technical issues” in porting Final Fantasy V and VI for the DS. But with the added power and capabilities of the 3DS, that shouldn’t be a problem. It’s just a matter of what Square Enix is interested in doing it!