Start saving those pennies, 3DS coming out before March 31, 2011

Ever since we saw the first footage of the 3DS and heard what it could do, we thought, “give us one of those mother-effers right now!” But unlike the surprise announce and launch of the new 360, Nintendo just gave a select few a free taste, then snatched back the system with no promise of when we’d see it again. Well now Nintendo has at least gone on record saying it will be out in all the big markets no later than March 31, 2011.

Above: The first taste is free

Now an actual March release for a handheld is not out of the question, as the PSP had a very successful launch in the US late March 2005, but Nintendo would likely much prefer to have that big holiday release if they can pull it off. And looking at the other games they have coming out this fall, like Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Donkey Kong Country Returns, there’s a big, open space in their portable schedule that the 3DS would fit snuggly in.

A smaller note from this same story is that the 3DS model we’ve all seen and immediately coveted is not the final design. Though it may not really change, we’ve yet to see what the actual retail version looks like.

Above: Don't get used to this

Above: The DS changed a bit from how it premiered at E3 2004

Looking for more info on the 3DS? Here’s every game that’s been announced for it, and some of the very few trailers released for the amazing device.

Jun 22, 2010




  • Zanthis - June 23, 2010 12:56 p.m.

    Great, I have to spend more money, but you know what I will galdly do it to get my hands on a 3DS.
  • UACtv - June 23, 2010 2:25 a.m.

    i betcha its gonna be 599 us dollars
  • Cyberninja - June 23, 2010 2:05 a.m.

    i just had a solid price because i know i want to put enough a side for that
  • awsomemaster - June 23, 2010 2:02 a.m.

    man i need to keep a close eye on this one for a preorder before they run out!
  • WillisTron - June 23, 2010 1:18 a.m.

    I haven't wanted a system this much since the N64 days
  • RebornKusabi - June 23, 2010 1:13 a.m.

    "Start saving those penn-" Way ahead of you Hank! I've already gotten up a layout/plan of exactly how much money I'm setting aside from each paycheck of my student worker/ student aid job at my college (I teach and tutor students on using Unix/ Linux- based operating systems) so I am indeed way ahead of you ; )
  • Robusken - June 23, 2010 1:13 a.m.

    Give me more time Nintendo! I cant just grow money ;_;
  • oldbaconface - June 23, 2010 1:10 a.m.

    I would rather it come out later with a solid design and a fantastic launch line up.
  • Defguru7777 - June 23, 2010 12:57 a.m.

    I'm surprised by how much I want this.
  • StrayGator - June 23, 2010 12:56 a.m.

    2nd analog stick, please. It's not too late!
  • Setre - June 23, 2010 12:53 a.m.

    Sweet. I'm hoping it'll come out in December in the U.S. but Japan will probably get it then.

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