To say that the Nintendo 3DS announcement came at an odd time would be an understatement. The news came in the form of an extremely brief press release, on the eve of the DSi XL launch in North America, and on the heels of GDC - strange stuff indeed. According to reports from CNBC, Nintendo was forced to make the announcement sooner than planned due to leaks coming from the Japanese press.
"Apparently, the Japanese press was all over it and talked with suppliers there and Nintendo just wanted to get out ahead by breaking the news to prevent a leak," says Billy Pigeon, senior analyst with M2 Research. "Does it clash with the DSi XL? Yes it does."
We'll see what Nintendo really has planned for the 3DS at E3. This past week the DSi XL hit store shelves in North America.