When the Wii launched in Europe around the Christmas period back in 2006, it was undoubtedly one of the top-sellers of the holiday season and with supply shortages surpassing what was expected, Nintendo was in a position where it couldn't satisfy consumer demands. If CVG's source is correct, we could see the 3DS launching in the UK this Christmas and, if it does, we're sure to see similar results judging by the hype that has surrounded its triumphant debut at this year's E3 expo.
According to "a high-ranking source close to UK retail", the 3DS is scheduled to launch in the UK in early December – a delay of two months from what another informant alleged back in April.
The source claims that marketing will begin towards the end of October, with limited stock arriving at retailers in early December.
Early indications to us are that the launch is going to emulate Wii in December...We've been informed that Nintendo wanted a long run-up to Christmas, but now it's going to be a close-run thing. We're not expecting a lot of stock before next year.
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime states that the 3DS is expected to launch in all major regions by the end of the fiscal year. Of course, at this stage that has been the only official word from Nintendo but we certainly hope that this rumour comes true.