According to CVG, the Nintendo 3DS is rumored to hit shelves this October. For those of you that don’t know, the 3DS was announced recently and is considered to be the successor of the Nintendo DS system. It is a highly improved system, using the technology of 3D graphics without the use of glasses, and presumed to use the power of the Gamecube. An inside source has commented on the plans:

“It’s a surprise – we were expecting it much closer to Christmas. But I suppose it gives Nintendo the opportunity to get it front and centre in people’s minds nice and early. In my experience, you don’t launch a product that early to Christmas unless you’re confident in it – and going to spend a lot of money on it. We’re reassured that Nintendo is going to give it some decent backing in Q4.”

CVG reports that it has confirmation from multiple industry sources.

Nintendo plans to show the device off at this year’s E3 Expo, which will take place between June 15-17.

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