Nintendo is preparing to expand its developer partnerships for 3DS to include smaller studios "early in the New Year", according to a report.
Citing "trusted development sources", Develop-Online reports that Nintendo will be sending full 3DS dev kits to said developers in the coming weeks.
While larger publishers such as Capcom, Konami and more have had 3DS units for some time, having already showed off impressive software at E3 earlier this year, licensing of 3DS development units to smaller outfits will begin in January, says the report.
This is apparently part of Nintendo's plan to 'provide access to the widest possible stretch of game creators', and boost the catalogue of games headed to the new platform beyond its launch period.
Nintendo is expected to make final release date and launch software announcements for UK and US at special press events in January.