We recently told you about the "Save the Date" that was floating around from Nintendo regarding a special event.

And now we can confirm that the event is a 3DS preview, as Pocket-lint has received its invitation.

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This early date gives us hope that we could be seeing a February launch here in Europe - Japan has a date of 26 February touted for it, and it would be nice if we could get hold of the glasses-free 3D handheld on the same date.

The price-tag for the 3DS is reported to be around 25,000 yen in Japan, which is about £189 - so expect something around the £200 mark in the UK. It is going to be available at launch in either aqua blue or black. 

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