Nintendo will release the 3DS in April at a price of $250, according to analyst Michael Pachter.
That's despite NOA boss Reggie Fils-Aime confirming plans to release the new handheld "in all of [their] major markets by March 31, 2011," back in June.
"Looking at how Nintendo does things if you're launching February 26 in Japan, and their earnings reports say before the end of the fiscal year in U.S. and Europe -- is there any prayer, even a 1 percent chance that they'll launch a week later in the U.S, March 5? No freaking way."
"It's not even remotely possible they're launching first half of March. I'm betting it gets delayed until April in Europe and US," he said.
Pachter also reckons that although the 3DS price-point is higher than expected, it will still do well at market.
"They screwed up on the Wii. It was sold out for two full years! You just couldn't get one," he said.
"What was the point? They should have sold it for $300 at launch, and made another $50 for every Wii sold during that period. It sold so competitively in the first few weeks that it was going for $1,000 on eBay -- and they absolutely don't want to see the 3DS on eBay."
We reckon he's talking a lot of sense here. Do you lot - lord forbid - agree?