Nintendo says 3DS design not 100% final, guarantees worldwide launch by March

#1tYRE_602Posted 6/21/2010 8:48:41 PM
"You know 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," he told us.

We followed up and asked Reggie if that's why Nintendo held back on a launch date and pricing scheme as well. He then proceeded to guarantee that 3DS will make it out in all major territories before Nintendo's fiscal year ends.

"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.

So it's pretty much guaranteed to launch this holiday season. I seriously, seriously doubt Nintendo would actually launch a major new system right after the holidays when everyone's already done their gift shopping, presents, etc. There's just no way. I'm at ease haha.

Well, the wait's not that long! =D
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#2ToastIsWooshPosted 6/21/2010 8:50:37 PM
I hope it's by March, and not in March. That'd SUUUUUCK.
#3ThatPutzpieGuyPosted 6/21/2010 8:51:15 PM
Hopefully they'll throw in a second Slide Pad...
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#4shadowbirkin96Posted 6/21/2010 8:51:50 PM
If they really are looking for feedback, looks like a petition for a right side slide pad is possible
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#5AsdfYunsungfdsAPosted 6/21/2010 8:52:53 PM
They might put another slide pad, but that could affect some game development (as in delay it).
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#6VamphaeryPosted 6/21/2010 8:58:20 PM
Doubtful that they would add such a fundamental design change (rather than just placement and such) in that short a window, particularly given that it might impact development of games they're counting on having for launch titles. That said, I suppose it's conceivable that they could add another slide pad, have the developers ignore it entirely for the first batch of, but leave it available for future games.

I won't hold my breath, though.
#7Shinobi120Posted 6/21/2010 8:59:02 PM
What do we need a 2nd slide pad for?
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#8halomonkey1_3_5Posted 6/21/2010 9:05:44 PM
What do we need a 2nd slide pad for?

Dual Analog controls for Shooters among other genres which move both the Character and Camera at the same time.
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#9tYRE_602(Topic Creator)Posted 6/21/2010 9:34:18 PM
I'm all for another slide pad.
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#10DGM09Posted 6/21/2010 9:37:17 PM
The inclusion of another slide pad would very likely require a major revamp of how the 3DS is organized inside. It's not going to happen.