Nintendo will launch its DS successor the 3DS in the UK this October according to reports in the specialist press.
The machine was only announced a little over a month ago. Nintendo has subsequently admitted that it had planned to release the first details a lot later, but that its hand was forced after a Japanese journalist obtained information about its development.
Further details are not expected until US trade show E3 in June.
However, until now it had been widely believed that the machine would most likely launch in the UK some time in the first half of 2011, with a Japanese arrival planned some time before the end of 2010.
Now CVG claims that “UK trade sources have informed us that the platform holder is readying an October launch for the system”. This will see it squaring off against the likes of Xbox 360 Natal and PS3 Move in the competitive Christmas market.
We have contacted Nintendo for comment.