Speaking in an interview with Industry Gamers, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime revealed that they purposely didn't reveal the price and launch date at E3 but promised a worldwide launch by March 31. Reggie also hinted that the design could change before it hits the shelves.
"You know typically, at an E3, our engineers are looking for feedback," Reggie explained.
"You know, we have an army of Nintendo representatives out on our show floor talking to attendees, getting reactions to everything in the device: the depth slider, the buttons, the sliding pad that is, essentially, an analog-type stick," he told Industry Gamers.
"These are things that we’re looking to get reaction to, including the overall button placement. When we get all that feedback, then we’ll finalize the design."
When asked about a price or release date, Reggie again cited feedback as one reason for keeping quiet. He also said that the company would be making individual decisions based on what's happening in each of their markets.
"Secondly, we’ll be making individual market decisions in terms of what’s happening in Japan, what’s happening in the Americas, what’s happening in Europe. The one thing, for sure, is that we will launch in all of our major markets by March 31, 2011," he said.
Considering the DSi XL just launched in the U.S. a couple of months ago, it makes sense that Nintendo would want to wait a while before releasing the next iteration of the handheld. However, rumor has it the UK is looking at a December release, just in time for Christmas. CVG cites senior a games retail source who says previous plans for an October launch have been scrapped. Now, the plan is to have a limited number of 3DSes available in December. If that's the case, then we can already imagine the shortages and brawls over these things as Christmas draws closer.