When Nintendo announced the 3DS would come out before March 2011, we didn’t really expect it to hit this holiday season. But a report from CVG claims it could do just that. The story cites U.K. trade sources who claim that the system will hit sometime in October. It also speculates that Level 5 is working on a 3D game for the system, which would align with what we’ve heard about development kits being available. “It’s a surprise – we were expecting it much closer to Christmas,” said one source. “But I suppose it gives Nintendo the opportunity to get it in front and center of people’s minds nice and early.”
This is all a rumor until we hear official word from Nintendo, which probably won’t happen until E3 this June, or even later. The leaks come from U.K. sources, so it’s really referring to the European releases, but the U.S. tends to get new products around the same time frame or sometimes earlier. We’ll keep you updated if this rumor pans out.