As most Nintendo fans know, Reggie Fils Aime appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last Friday and demoed both Donkey Kong Country Returns
and the 3DS
. He also mentioned that the 3DS would be arriving "next year," much to the disappointment of fans hoping for a holiday release for the new handheld.
However, "sources" close to Nintendo Japan say that
Reggie mis-spoke and the 3DS is indeed slated for a late 2010 release. There has been no other official word from Nintendo so far, and the handheld's release window is still capped at the end of the fiscal year, which ends March 2011. Definitely chalk this one up to rumor at this point, but I wish Nintendo would just end the confusion and announce the actual release date already.