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Nintendo 3DS UK release date to 'emulate Wii'

Format holder pushes gadget back for Xmas release, says source

Nintendo has pushed back its planned 3DS UK release date until early December, CVG has been told by a high-ranking source close to UK retail.

According to our informant, marketing for the device will still kick in towards the end of October, but the handheld won't arrive in stores until just before Christmas - and with limited stock.

"Early indications to us are that the launch is going to emulate Wii in December," our source told us. "We've been informed that Nintendo wanted a long run-up to Christmas, but now it's going to be a close-run thing. We're not expecting a lot of stock before next year."

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Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime revealed yesterday that Nintendo intends to ensure the device is launched across the world by March 31, 2011.

Wii's launch caused pandemonium back in December 2006, when short stock collided with the product becoming a 'must buy' Christmas gift.

3DS wowed industry watchers at E3 last week - not least of all CVG. Check out our praise-filled Nintendo 3DS tech review here.

A Nintendo spokesperson told CVG: "Any dates currently being discussed are pure rumour and speculation as we have not confirmed any specific dates publicly."