Arguably the thief of the E3 2010 show floor, the 3DS is the ace in Nintendo’s hand for the next fiscal year. While only showing the device at last week’s show, the Big N’s Reggie Fils-Aime sat down with IndustryGamers to confirm a general release window for the 3DS, as well as hint at the possibility that what we played on the show floor may not be what we are buying.
“Well, the reason we haven’t announced a launch date or pricing is that, first, we wanted to get reaction here. Secondly, we’ll be making individual market decisions in terms of what’s happening in Japan, what’s happening in the Americas, what’s happening in Europe. The one thing, for sure, is that we will launch in all of our major markets by March 31, 2011,” he stated, “…typically, at an E3, our engineers are looking for feedback. You know, we have an army of Nintendo representatives out on our show floor talking to attendees, getting reactions to everything in the device: the depth slider, the buttons, the sliding pad that is, essentially, an analog-type stick. These are things that we’re looking to get reaction to, including the overall button placement. When we get all that feedback, then we’ll finalize the design.”