3DS due in October?

3DS may come out six months early

The release date of Nintendo's latest handheld has been leaked online today, rumours hinting the system could land in October.

Sources close to CVG have said that the 3DS will be released in direct competition with Microsoft's Natal.

The source said: "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."

Nintendo has been promising a big announcements at E3, so this could be exactly what they are talking about.

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