Confirmation will probably come at the big North America/UK 3DS event scheduled for this Wednesday, at which point we’ll know pricing, availability and launch titles. Should be a hoot, although shelling out $300 for a portable will not be. Let’s hope that’s not what happens.
As an aside, history shows us that 2D platformers like New Super Mario Bros. do incredibly well on a portable platform. We have no idea if a Metroid title is actually coming to the 3DS, let along what it might look like, but for me this style seems the perfect fit. And who knows? A well-executed 2D Metroid, coupled with some clever stereoscopic 3D, might be just what the franchise needs to wash away the undeniable taint of Other M.