Nintendo of America was quick to shout when the 3DS had the best first-day sales of any Nintendo handheld, and now Nintendo of Europe has joined in the sales trumpeting by confirming that it too has enjoyed record-breaking sales.

According to the press release, 303,000 3DS consoles were sold across Europe in the first weekend of availability, citing figures from a Nintendo Europe internal Sell-thru Panel.

113,000 of those machines were sold in the UK, beating the Wii to become the fast-selling Nintendo console ever in the territory.


Nintendo 3DS becomes fastest selling Nintendo handheld device

1st April, 2011 – Just two days after going on sale, Nintendo 3DS has helped put 3D technology into the hands of everyone. Selling 303,000 units* across Europe in the first two days, Nintendo 3DS has become the fastest selling Nintendo handheld device over a launch weekend.

In the UK, Nintendo 3DS sold over 113,000** units during the first two days of sales, establishing a new record for the fastest selling Nintendo console ever in the UK, even beating the number achieved by Nintendo’s market leading home console Wii.***

Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo’s new console which offers portable entertainment in 3D without the need for special glasses, allows you to play games in full 3D, take 3D photographs and enjoy unique engaging applications that will offer a new surprise every day.

"Nintendo 3DS allows people to experience, for the first time, 3D technology on the move and at home, with fun and surprises for all to enjoy. With the built-in pick-up-and-play Face Raiders game and StreetPass feature adding new dimensions to the already diverse line-up of launch titles, Nintendo 3DS has struck a chord with gamers old and new,” said Laurent Fischer, Nintendo of Europe's Managing Director of Marketing & PR.

Thirteen new 3D games, including nintendogs™ + cats, Pilotwings Resort and Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition have also been released for Nintendo 3DS which is on sale now.