Yesterday, a select bunch of lucky EU Club Nintendo members got the Nintendo equivalent of a Golden Ticket from Willy Wonka -- an email inviting them to purchase a special New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Edition before the console launches in Europe.

Nintendo stated that consoles would be shipped within 3 to 5 days, but it would appear that the company was just being cautious, as units have begun arriving today -- less than 24 hours after the email was originally sent.

We've had reports that buyers who paid extra for next day delivery are getting their shiny new systems today, but we've had other buyers emailing in stating that they picked the "free" delivery option, yet their consoles are currently in transit -- suggesting that they too may be on the receiving end of a New 3DS before the day is out.

Did you order a unit, and has it arrived this morning? Let us know by posting a comment, and send us an email with a photo of your system and we'll add it to this post.

UPDATE: Reader Marti kindly has uploaded an unboxing video to make us all jealous: