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Did the Nintendo 3DS release date just leak?

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This weekend, an alleged affiliate of Japanese peripheral manufacturer Keys Factory posted a very juicy tweet which instructed followers to check out the company’s line of 11 3DS accessories, due to launch simultaneously with the system on November 20th. Was it really an unintentional slip? You’d think that anyone would know not to post sensitive, potentially NDA-covered information in a public place, no matter how small and low-trafficked it may seem.


Above: Be careful what you tweet, your reveal of sensitive release date information could be retweeted well over 100 times within hours

The tweet itself has since disappeared… along with the entire account associated with the alleged developer. Yowza. Did Nintendo Japan flex their legal muscle to take this down? Or did "Nocchisan" realize that he might have just committed a terrible (and perhaps lawsuit-worthy) mistake? In spite of whatever went down, we’ll likely find out if this release date is the real deal later this week at Tokyo Game Show.

Sep 13, 2010


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19 comments

  • GameManiac - September 14, 2010 3:11 p.m.

    Ah Japan... They always get the good stuff before the US.
  • cj12297 - September 14, 2010 8:19 a.m.

    but i cant get this and the games i want :(
  • BlindMarksman - September 14, 2010 3:19 a.m.

    I read this on Bulbapedia a day ago, weirdly...
  • Valntyne - September 14, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    Wait...wait...November of THIS year?!?!? No. Farking. Way. Even if it's the Japanese release, how long you boys think it's gonna take to the 3DS to reach stateside? Do you imagine if they drop it in like the 23th of december? There will be blood on the streets!! But realistically speaking, I'm guessing Feb-March.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - September 13, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    BASTARDS. I can't f*cking afford a 3ds right now, damn you!
  • YoshiMan10 - September 13, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    ...And there was much rejoicing.
  • Strangleme - September 13, 2010 9:50 p.m.

    If that's the true release date, I am a pig in shit right now!!!
  • ThatGuyFromTV - September 13, 2010 9:21 p.m.

    Okay, 3 things: If I remember correctly, they pulled a leak like this with the 3DS before it was even officially confirmed to be real. Cue publicity stunt! I'm very certain that I called the November release date in a previous 3DS article, but I can't find it. Oh well, I'm still saying that I called it. The first 3DS launched in North America almost a month before it did in Japan, so I'm betting that they'll either do the same with this one or they will release them in both places at the same time.
  • 8bitBaby - September 13, 2010 9:18 p.m.

    oooh. somebody lost their job over that. why is nintendo keeping the release date secret we need to get our money saved enough in advance!
  • pimpboo - September 13, 2010 8:59 p.m.

    um im not sure if gamseradar has done an article on this but there was this ghost story about the legend of zelda: majora's mask its creepy if you want to find out more the link is here: http://kotaku.com/5635521/the-haunting-of-a-majoras-mask-cartridge its fake but still good article bait
  • pimpboo - September 13, 2010 8:51 p.m.

    This is the release date because stuff like that happen all the time for example in japan the girl who acted for the Pokemon movie 13 tweeted:"im going to get Zekrom because i love electric types" this was revealed even before they mentioned Zekrom was an electric type than an hour later she deleted the tweet.
  • awsomemaster - September 13, 2010 8:49 p.m.

    once this comes out i am defiantly doing a unboxing with my 3d camera.
  • Ravenbom - September 13, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    Bleh. Still need to wait for the North American release which is sure to be next year. I know the release date is supposed to be guarded information, but seriously, we all pretty much knew that the Japanese would see the 3DS this year.
  • Cyberninja - September 13, 2010 8:28 p.m.

    if this is a worldwide release i will be able to take it with me to disney to take 3d pictures.
  • thefreakysurgeon - September 13, 2010 7:59 p.m.

    I agree with Corsair89. This is probably the Japanese release date
  • Felixthecat - September 13, 2010 7:56 p.m.

    SHIT PLEASE NINTENDO DON'T RELEASE IT THIS YEAR. I NEED MORE MONEY.
  • Corsair89 - September 13, 2010 7:48 p.m.

    *self facepalm* Oh, right. Japanese release. Damn.
  • Corsair89 - September 13, 2010 7:46 p.m.

    Oh shit, if this date is true, then I need to start saving up!
  • CH3BURASHKA - September 13, 2010 7:46 p.m.

    >>You’d think that anyone would know not to post sensitive, potentially NDA-covered information in a public place, no matter how small and low-trafficked it may seem. Yeah, tell that to the ESRB, Amazon, retailers, etc. However, it is most likely an intentional slip to boost awareness of their own products. However, this is the Japan release date, so I don't really care too much.

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