Nintendo has decided against the release of its e-Reader GBA peripheral in Europe despite confirming earlier this year that it would indeed be released here in autumn, according to reports this morning.
The e-Reader had been set for release in October along with at least 10 of its card-based games, which are played on the GBA by scanning barcodes on them through the peripheral. Nintendo has already released a number of classic NES games in this way in the USA and Japan.
The device was also seen as one of the only ways import favourite Animal Crossing would ever see a European release - as the game's e-Reader-enhanced version, along with the device itself, is even due for release in the fellow PAL territory of Australia.
But once again Europe is the butt of Nintendo's worldwide joke, it seems. "We can confirm there are no current plans to release e-Reader in Europe," a spokesperson said yesterday, on the same day that various outlets confirmed that the e-Reader and Donkey Kong Jr. e-card are to be given away free in a new US GBA bundle for a mere $79.99.