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Iwata Explains 2011 Release Date for 3DS

by James Jones - September 29, 2010, 6:46 pm PDT
Total comments: 14 Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTOE68S029201009..., (Reuters)

The planned 2010 release for Japan was moved forward.

At their press event Wednesday, Nintendo announced that the 3DS would be launching February 26, 2011 in Japan and in March in Europe and North America. Many analysts had predicted a 2010 release for Japan, and possibly for other regions. Nintendo president and CEO of Nintendo Co. Ltd. said the 2011 date was chosen due to supply constraints.

"At first we thought it would be desirable to launch the 3DS within the year, so we made our forecasts on that basis. At this point it is clear that if we launch within the year, we will not be able to supply enough units." 

The Wii was famous for the scarcity of units long after the system's initial launch.

Nintendo also lowered their earnings forecasts for the fiscal year, ending March 31, 2011.  They cited lower than expected sales of DS and Wii as well as the relative strength of the Yen.

Talkback

FZeroBoyoSeptember 29, 2010

So they were planning on releasing it this year! A shortage of units would be pretty bad though, as I'm sure victims of the Wii drought from three and a half years ago can probably relate to.

BlackNMild2k1September 29, 2010

they could have just used part of that fortune to ramp up production.... even if it wasn't really cost effective now.
That would have absolutely killed any Sony/MS chance of having a decent Xmas especially concerning Move/Kinect launches in Japan

Mop it upSeptember 29, 2010

Quote from: FZeroBoyo

So they were planning on releasing it this year! A shortage of units would be pretty bad though, as I'm sure victims of the Wii drought from three and a half years ago can probably relate to.

And two and a half years ago. I got one in January 2008 and I still had to get to a store hours before it opened on a day it received a shipment to get one.

BeautifulShySeptember 29, 2010

Yeah I got my Wii on December 1st 2006. I had to call to multiple places days in advance to see when stores were getting them. Finally I got one from Gamestop. The UPS and Fedex trucks were just ariving to the mall when I made it to there. I rushed in and notified the store employees that the trucks arrived and waited.
Oh it isn't really a good idea to try to get a Wii on Black Friday.

BlackNMild2k1September 29, 2010

I'll bet you that I can walk into any electronics store on black friday at noon and grab a Wii, no problem.

BeautifulShySeptember 29, 2010

I was refering to the past years when I did try to get a Wii on Black Friday.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorSeptember 29, 2010

Lame commie excuses.

Release the system and let those who can get it, get it.  Those who can't, can wait.  I mean, they'd have to wait anyway?  Why make everyone wait?

BeautifulShySeptember 29, 2010

Do you want something like the PS3 launch window around the world happening?I think it had 500,000 units around the world.I know this is an extreme case.

Also by waiting the parts will be more readily avalable and most likely the price of those parts will cost less thus making the price of the 3DS come down in price. Its a win for gamers.

StratosSeptember 29, 2010

That can't be the only reason. I'll bet something else if causing them to hold it back as well.

Kinda bummed. I had hoped for a Christmas launch.

Art_de_CatSeptember 29, 2010

Maybe we can get another colour for the system by waiting for later. :)

Nintendo didn't exactly have a strong line-up of playable software to show off at E3. I have to think software readiness played a role in Nintendo's decision to delay the launch, as well.

SilverQuilavaSeptember 30, 2010

well, at least this way we'll be getting the 3DS very shortly after Japan does. There were some games I thought that if they came out in Japan this year and in North America next year, I wouldn't be able to stop myself from looking at Japanese playthroughs. I'm glad that I won't be looking at any spoilers any time soon. I mean, unless Nintendo previews them. Not by looking at playthroughs.

BwrJim!September 30, 2010

i think i will take that bet blanknmild.

whats the terms.

vuduSeptember 30, 2010

Quote:

The planned 2010 release for Japan was moved forward.

The subtitle in the news story has a typo.  I think you mean the release date was moved back.

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