A Capcom representative has confirmed to Kotaku that the controversial 3DS circle pad will be launching in the US early next year.
How does Capcom know this? The rep states that the device will be available for use when the upcoming Resident Evil: Revelations launches on February 7, 2012. So we should see the device launch then if not before.
How the circle pad is received will be one of the more interesting issues that the 3DS must tackle next year.