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Nintendo 3DS launch date leaked early?

A German tabloid has supposedly dropped details for the Japanese debut of Nintendo's multidimensional handheld 3DS, and suggests it will cost nearly €200 (AU$281).

A post on the NeoGAF message boards and a picture said to be of Sunday's issue of the German tabloid Bild suggest that the handheld will be released on 11 November 2010.

The biggest news in gaming this week is expected to come out of Nintendo's Japanese press conference to reveal launch details of the 3DS. However, the headline from that conference may have already been leaked.

According to the picture, Bild reported that Nintendo will launch the 3DS in Japan on 11 November, with a German launch to follow next year. That information is in keeping with what has been said all along about the system. When Nintendo first announced the handheld, it said it would launch it during the fiscal year ending March 2011. A report in the Japanese business daily Nikkei on the same day pegged the 3DS as arriving this year in Japan.

The Bild report spends much of its space recapping the basic functionality of the machine and offering praise like the underscored, "Der 3D-Effect ist sensationell!" However, it also mentions a price point of sorts, saying the system will cost nearly €200 (AU$281). Though it's worth noting that gaming hardware prices between Europe and Australia often ignore currency conversions. For example, the DSi XL sells in Australia for AU$299.95, even though its European price tag of €165 would convert directly to about AU$232.

"Nintendo does not comment on rumours or speculation," said a Nintendo representative.

According to Aussie-Gamer, the official date of release is due to be announced at 2pm on 28 September, Tokyo time (3pm EST).

(Image credit: GameSpot)


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