Hey, remember when Nintendo unveiled
a 3D Nintendo DS, the 3DS
, completely out of the blue? And you know how they announced it just a week before we Americans finally got our hands on the DSi XL
-- effectively making it seem obsolete before it even hit retail? It seemed like curiously unfortunate timing, but according to M2 Senior Analyst Billy Pigeon, there was something more sinister behind the surprise unveil: the Japanese media. "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." That they did, but they also subverted the US launch of the oversized DSi in the process. It's a gaming system few really thought they needed
in the first place, and now with confirmation of something better coming soon it looks even less appealing.