Nintendo 3DS could arrive by October


nintendo3dsAccording to CVG, Nintendo’s next gen handheld, the 3DS, could land in gamers hands as early as October 10.

Surprised? Don’t be. Nintendo has dominated the handheld scene since they all but invented it with the Game Boy, so what else would this industry titan use to deflate its rivals new motion control toys than the next sure thing?

Nintendo is also famous for revealing new stuff and then launching it a month or so later, and the practice makes sense. If you are confident in your product and it genuinely provides a new experience, you don’t need to reveal a prototype a year in advance and ride the enthusiast press hype train into the station. Nah, just reveal it, prepare the assembly lines as best you can, and shove the thing out the door. Fling it right over the hater’s angry heads and into the hands of the consumers. Let them decide, and then let them do your marketing for you.

And then there’s the competition and E3. The 3DS will make its worldwide debut alongside Natal and Arc at E3 this summer, where the handheld’s 3D tech (still technically unknown) will no doubt take some, if not all, of the wind from the competition’s sails. What irony, huh? MS and Sony’s multi-million dollar forays into motion tech, foiled by a tiny 3D handheld. I’d say David and Goliath applies here, but that just wouldn’t be accurate, what with Nintendo’s massive lead and all.


  1. 10/10/10 .. I love it! The launch date would match the system’s Famitsu scores (if that magazine does hardware reviews).

  2. No, seriously. Hold your horses.

  3. Can’t wait! But, it’s called move, not arc lol (pet peeve lol)

  4. I do like that date 10/10/10. Reminds me of the dreamcast release date: 09/09/99 lol that brings back memories.

  5. Yeah hopefully we get it in America within the next year after that >_>

  6. But what about the games?? Such and early release would mean a distinct lack of launch titles. Still, I’d get it on day one as I did the DS which had similar problems!

  7. Mmm, that would seem too soon to have enough software ready for a launch… unless they’d go with only 4-6 games total (Nintendo and 3rd party) along with 10 digital games on the 3DSware store.

  8. totally different applications of to the tech. ds3d might steal some ink, so if that’s the measure of wind in the sails, then fair enough. but i doubt its going to really stall the motion sensing movement of the industry or the reaction of consumers when it’s released.

  9. Nah deepthought, 3DS will steal thunder basically because it’s new. Or at least, newer than Natal or Move, both of which are year-old projects riding long-in-the-tooth hype trains to Holiday 2010.

    See, I doubt the story of 2010 is that “Microsoft and Sony make Wii Motion controller attempt/knockoff, respectively.” Because that’s old news, we’re seeing it come a mile away, everybody knows, few people care.

    But “Nintendo launches new 3D handheld” or “Motion+ Controlled Zelda” are going to happen (hopefully). Now people are caring.

  10. I guess Microsoft and Sony feel pathetic now…I imagine them standing at the E3, looking at the backs of customers that are standing in line for Nintendo: “Guys, who-ho! We also have motion control now…look at us! We are hardcore…right?”

  11. “totally different applications of to the tech. ds3d might steal some ink, so if that’s the measure of wind in the sails, then fair enough”

    right. that’s all I meant here. Steal some thunder, distract, etc. Choose your own cliche.

    As we’ve seen with Nintendo console strategy (and Sony, MS), motion controls are apparently the future, like it or not. Also, things you stick your fingers in, although that’s all Nintendo for now.

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