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GameStop gears up for Nintendo 3DS release

GRAPEVINE, Texas -- The Nintendo 3DS is drawing quite a buzz, and GameStop announced that it will host events at more than 3,000 of its U.S. stores around the launch of the highly anticipated gaming device.

The company is opening its stores early on March 27, the day the Nintendo 3DS becomes available. GameStop reported that 800 stores nationwide will open at 12:01 a.m. and more than 2,400 stores will open early at 9 a.m.

GameStop is also offering customers a $50 to $100 credit toward the purchase of a Nintendo 3DS system when they trade in their used Nintendo DS Lite, DSi or DSi XL systems.

On April 2, 2,000 GameStop locations will host demo events from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. local time for the Nintendo 3DS. Customers can experience 3D gaming without glasses on the launch game Super Street Fighter IV. Customers can also share their experiences and reviews of the system on www.GameStop.com for a chance to win a Nintendo 3DS and a $500 GameStop gift card.