Before pretty much anything Nintendo makes it stateside, it comes out in Japan first. With that in mind, make sure you got a box of tissues handy because the company just solidified the release date for its 3DS.
Plenty of folks thought that it was pretty much a given that the 3DS would find itself in Japan sometime toward the end of this year. That would give Nintendo a nice head start, and it'd allow the company time next year to gear up for an international release.
Not so, it turns out. The official release date for the 3DS in Japan is February 26, 2011. It'll hit shelves at a wallet-crushing ¥25,000 (about $300) and come in "Aqua Blue" and "Cosmos Black." There's good news, though — sorta. We won't have to wait for the 3DS much longer than that, for Nintendo is vaguely hoping to bring the handheld to America sometime in March.