October release for US/UK?

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by LapisLazuli, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. LapisLazuli

    LapisLazuli Thrills, chills, kills!

    May 23, 2009
    United States
    Check this out:

    Please, close it if its against the rules to link to other sites, but:

    "UK industry sources have today informed us that the platform holder is readying an October launch for the system - which it will announce at E3."

    "It's a surprise - we were expecting it much closer to Christmas. But I suppose it gives Nintendo the opportunity to get it front and centre in people's minds nice and early.

    "In my experience, you don't launch a product that early to Christmas unless you're confident in it - and going to spend a lot of money on it. We're reassured that Nintendo is going to give it some decent backing in Q4."
  2. Kwartel

    Kwartel The fairest in all the land

    Apr 11, 2009
    this was a rumor in april... check the source...
  3. specht

    specht GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 26, 2008
    I'm expecting a November release, but it doesn't sound too far-fetched that they'd release it early. Especially if the E3 model is a near complete version of the retail product.
  4. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    This is old news, it was stated only a month or so after the 3DS announcement.

    Had at E3 Nintendo showed more games in motion, announced a price and a date as well as other details then I'd believe the October date but with four months to go this is very unlikely.
  5. tk_saturn

    tk_saturn GBAtemp Psycho!

    Jan 26, 2010
    1. that was published before E3, back in april.

    2. E3 has already happened, no announcement.

    3. The proptypes looked like they still needed a lot of work. Even the bottom screen wasn't meant to be working acording to one of the hands on i've read. The 3DS is still a work in progress. They stressed many times that it was a prototype.

    4. Many of the games looked like tech demos, rather than something near competion. These games need completing, bug testing, exploit hunting, translating, manufacturing and then distributing.

    5. Nintendo will need to have a few million of these ready for release, it's likely they will sell that worldwide on the firstday. It's takes time to manufacture, and then distribute them. They are made in China and shipped to Europe by boat. I imagine just shipping them to Europe will take 4-6 weeks.

    6. Europe normally gets their consoles after the US and Japan.

    Nintendo would have gotten a lot a feedback on the 3DS from E3, i'd expect that it will take 1-2 months to finalize the design. Another 2-4 weeks to tool up the factories. Another 4 weeks to produce enough of them for launch week. Then 4-6 to ship them to their hubs, and then another week to get them to retailers, and another week to make sure all retailers have stock.

    Then it's likely to be a Japan only launch, with the US and European following afterwards. It may be possible they could go for a November Japanese launch, followed by a March launch for Europe and the US. I still think that's a little on the optimistic side for Japan.
  6. LapisLazuli

    LapisLazuli Thrills, chills, kills!

    May 23, 2009
    United States
    Yeah, nintendo said that, and they said they get that alot.