Leaked Nintendo 3DS Images Hit The Web

Leaked images of Nintendo's upcoming 3DS handheld gaming device have appeared on the Internet following the reported theft of one from the production line.

The images were first reported by 3DS Buzz, which said that an employee working in one of Nintendo's Chinese factories stole the device from the production line only to leak its images on the web.

First posted on a Chinese forum, the images reveal that the company has made slight modifications to the design of the handheld from the previous version. For example, the “Select,” “Home,” and “Start” have now been put alongside the device's touch screen.

Other images indicate that the device will come with a 96 MB RAM and a 1300 mAh battery. The images also give a fair idea about the size of the device.

Nintendo plans to release the device to Japanese users in February, and to the US sometime in March. The 3DS is already available to pre-order from GameStop for $50.