M2 Research analyst Billy Pidgeon
claims that the Japanese press were "all over" the upcoming 3DS
before Nintendo revealed it, forcing an announcement out of the company's headquarters in Japan. In a recent CNBC
report, Pidgeon alleges that the media in Japan had "talked with suppliers there and Nintendo just wanted to get out ahead by breaking the news to prevent a leak." This comes in response to the oddly-timed reveal
of Nintendo's next handheld device, less than a week before the fourth iteration of its Nintendo DS was set to land on retail shelves.
"Does it clash with the DSi XL? Yes it does," Pidgeon says. He goes on to claim that (even though stock prices for Nintendo jumped
following the 3DS announcement), "the corporate parent in Japan may not be acting in the best interest of Nintendo of America." Alright, so, while we're not convinced that those looking to buy a brand new handheld from Nintendo are necessarily the same crowd snatching up a DSi XL, it's also probably not in Nintendo of America's best interests to have console announcements thrust upon it suddenly by the Japanese parent corp. Either way -- if it is
true -- good on you Japanese press!