Retailer admits to 3DS date/price guess

169.95 "pure speculation" - Nintendo.

Dutch online shop Bart Smit has told Eurogamer its date and price for the 3DS are internal expectations.

Nintendo hasn't sent anything official, the retailer told Eurogamer (via Eurogamer Benelux's Erwin Vogelaar), so Bart Smit made something up.

The shop guessed that the 3DS will be released on 15th March for the price of 169.95 (140/$208).

A Nintendo spokesperson banged the final nail in the coffin, telling Eurogamer the price and date were "pure speculation".

Nintendo hasn't priced or dated the 3DS. The Mario maker wanted to harvest reaction from E3 before finalising strategy - product design included!

However, Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aime has said the handheld will be out in all "major markets" by 1st April 2011.

The 3DS was Eurogamer's pick of the hardware on show at E3 - no small feat, considering Move, Kinect and the new Xbox 360 all made an appearance. Our hands-on impressions of the 3DS explain why..

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