We've previously not had any precise date given to us by Nintendo - all the company will say is that the game is due to hit the west sometime in 2013.
While retailers have a habit of guessing this kind of thing, this could well be the real deal. The game is already available in Japan (it launched back in April), so it's not totally outside the realms of possibility that the English-language version could be out by early next year.
Anyone in the UK willing to chance a pre-order?
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