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UK 3DS Pre-Orders Double Nintendo's Previous Record

Posted by James Newton

Twice as popular as Wii

3DS is Amazon's most pre-ordered console ever, and now Nintendo has confirmed the console has twice as many pre-orders as the Wii back in 2006.

While Nintendo UK hasn't announced the number of pre-orders taken for the console, rumours point to around 185,000 units for launch in the UK this Friday, a large proportion of which will be taken up by pre-orders.

Stay tuned for our exclusive 3DS launch build-up content this Thursday night, including the return of the Nintendo Life podcast.

NINTENDO 3DS SMASHES UK PRE-ORDER RECORDS*

Unprecedented consumer response sees Nintendo 3DS pre-orders double Wii

Nintendo 3DS is Amazon.co.uk’s most pre-ordered console ever!

Ground-breaking glasses free 3D entertainment system captures the imagination of the UK

22nd March 2011, London – Nintendo UK has today announced that, with three days to go until launch, pre-orders for the new glasses free 3D entertainment device, Nintendo 3DS, have more than doubled those achieved for Wii in 2006.

The news follows last week’s announcement by online retailer Amazon.co.uk that Nintendo 3DS has smashed its pre-order record for a games console in the UK.

When Nintendo 3DS launched in Japan on 26 February, 400,000 consoles sold in the first two days.** More than 1,200 retailers across the UK are poised to open their doors at midnight on Thursday to satisfy the demand from eager fans.

HMV’s London flagship store at 150 Oxford Street will be hosting the official UK retail launch event. The event will include a performance by BRITs Award winner Plan B and the first official customer purchase. The first 500 games enthusiasts to purchase the console will be able to claim a free 3DS game of their choice***.

“The reaction to Nintendo 3DS has exceeded our wildest expectations,” said David Yarnton, General Manager of Nintendo UK. “Glasses-free 3D entertainment has truly arrived. It’s almost certain that the number of Nintendo 3DS consoles sold on Friday will exceed the number of 3D televisions sold in the whole of 2010.

“Until now 3D has been too expensive, too clumsy and too restricted,” said David Yarnton. “With Nintendo 3DS it’s mobile. It’s affordable. It’s glasses-free. And it’s here, now.”

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User Comments (15)

RyuZebian

#1

RyuZebian said:

Holy moley, the 3DS is bigger than Jesus! After all, he didn't get this many pre-orders....

default12345

#4

default12345 said:

I'm excited to be part of this launch as this will be the first time I have pre-ordered a Nintendo console and purchased it on day one. I wish I could have done this for the N64, GCN, DS and Wii.

THENAMESNORM

#6

THENAMESNORM said:

@4 warnerdan The first console I owned at a time when it was popular was the N64, though not at launch. Since then I have been lucky enough to pick up a GameCube, DS and Wii all on launch and it's so much better than getting it further down the line,

Sure you may pay more, you may have to wait ages for the best games to come out, but you get to know the system, experience a wider range of games in the long run, and be genuinelysurprised by how good the product is, rather than hearing about it or playing it at a mates house. Plus, you have loads to look forward to with top releases still to come. I'd much rather pre-order and get the best games as they become availible, rather than buy it 2 years down the line and have missed out on so much!

Ai64

#8

Ai64 said:

Woah! So many people must want to see the 3D effect and others of the 3DS. I'm glad I preordered mine too.

thesignpainter

#10

thesignpainter said:

not to mention its still selling right now OR all the people who want to get it in stores OR are still holding back for the legend of zelda ocarina of time! oh my GOSH the SCALE of this thing! what the heck is nintendo gona do with all that CASH?!

gazamataz

#12

gazamataz said:

ryuzebian that is really funny.jesus can walk on water.the 3ds must be really good.or just a false god.if so we will all be punished for getting one.all i can say is chill out jesus.

R-L-A-George

#13

R-L-A-George said:

not to mention its still selling right now OR all the people who want to get it in stores OR are still holding back for the legend of zelda ocarina of time! oh my GOSH the SCALE of this thing! what the heck is nintendo gona do with all that CASH?!

Help with the relief of the homeland of Nintendo.

R-L-A-George

#14

R-L-A-George said:

ryuzebian that is really funny.jesus can walk on water.the 3ds must be really good.or just a false god.if so we will all be punished for getting one.all i can say is chill out jesus.

God can ultimately use anything...Even if its a handheld gaming console. ;)

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