Nintendo 3DS Release Date – [Updated 12 February]
We all want to know when we’ll be able to play on a Nintendo 3DS. Here you can find details on when the console will be released in the UK and around the world.
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19/01/2011 – US and UK Release Dates Confirmed
The releases dates were finally confirmed at the Nintendo 3DS Preview Events in New York and Amsterdam. As you can see above, Nintendo have stuck to their promise from March 2010 of releasing the system before April 2011.
21/09/2010 – Release Dates to be Announced Soon
Two press conferences will be held in North America and Europe. It’s highly likely that the exact release date will be provided at these events.
29/09/2010 – Japanese Release Date Confirmed
Nintendo held a press briefing in Tokyo today announcing the Japanese release date as February 26. Sorry to everyone hoping to get a 3DS in time for Christmas. We’re expecting (but not certain of) news on European and North American release dates later this week.
18/09/2010 – Nintendo 3DS releasing weekend of November 20 rumour
The November 20 rumour has been circulating for quite a while now, and a great deal of evidence supports it. An alleged GameStop employee has stated that the 3DS is now in their database and will ship out on Monday, November 22 with pre-orders opening on September 29, indicating a release that weekend. More on the matter here.
31/07/2010 – Nintendo 3DS by November 19, 2010 rumour
Over on Play.com, a Dragon Ball game for the 3DS has been put up for pre-order. The interesting part is that they’ve included the game’s release date in the listing, too; namely, November 11, 2010. If anything, this confirms that the 3DS will be released on that day at the very latest. The game’s not necessarily a launch title, though, and it’s certainly more than possible that the 3DS will be out before then.
Read more about it here.
29/07/2010 – Release date of the release date revealed
It’s not the 3DS’s release date itself, but Nintendo has stated that they’ll announce it on September 29th.
28/06/2010 – Oops, Nintendo Boss Made a Slip-up
According to a source close to Nintendo of Japan, it turns out that yesterday’s announcement from Reggie Fils-Aime was a mistake. So once again wedon’t know if the console will go on sale in America in 2010 or 2011.
It seems like there are some communication problems going on inside Nintendo. The company isn’t willing to confirm either of the announcements so we’re really no clearer on the release date than we were in March when the 3DS was first announced.
26/06/2010 – No 3DS till 2011 in US
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime was was asked on an American chat show when the 3DS will be released. His reply was “next year”. Earlier this week Reggie also confirmed that the system would be out in all major markets this financial year, which put the exact release date between January 1 and March 31 2011.
Nintendo could be holding the release back, so that they have time to produce enough units, to meet demand while the new release hype is strong. It’s not yet clear if the “next year” statement also applies to Europe and Japan or just America.
23/06/2010 – UK Rumoured 3DS Release Date Pushed Back to December
CVG are once again claiming to have a leaked release date from Nintendo. They are now saying that their previous “insider information” about an October release has been pushed back because Nintendo won’t have it ready in time. They now think that the 3DS release will be in December and there will probably be another shortage, as there was with the Wii a few years ago. I know I’ll be pre-ordering my 3DS just to be sure.
22/06/2010 – 3DS Release Confirmed Worldwide for March 2011 at Latest
In an interview with industrygamers.com, Nintendo of America’s president, Reggie Fils-Aime, confirmed that the 3DS is less than a year away in all of Nintendo’s major markets. The major markets Reggie is referring to are to are presumably Japan, North America and Europe. His exact words were, “The one thing, for sure, is that we will launch in all of our major markets by March 31, 2011”.
21/04/2010 – Magazine Claims to know the Release Date
Well respected UK gaming magazine CVG claim to have been given some information from an inside source. They aren’t giving details but they say “UK industry sources” have informed them that the console is due for an October release. With this in mind Sunday 10/10/10 seems a likely date to chose.
Nintendo told CVG that the story was just “rumour and speculation”.
CVG is a fairly reliable source but the release date of 10/10/10 does seem quite early for a UK release date as all 4 previous DS consoles were released here around 3 – 5 months after the Japanese release.
24/03/2010 – Nintendo Set Vague Release Date
There is currently very little information on the release date of the 3DS. It was originally believed that the console was scheduled for a March 2011 release. Japanese newspaper Nikkei has since claimed that the 3DS will be released in the second half of 2010.
Neither of these dates have been stated as worldwide or Japan only dates. Nintendo may follow the trend from the last two years and release the new DS in Japan around November 2010, while western markets get it in the first quarter of the following year which could make both dates correct.
See below for a table of previous international DS release dates and have a guess at when you think the console will come out in the UK. If you guess right before any more announcements are made (and don’t say 10/10/10), you win… erm, £1.
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