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Nintendo 3DS is Amazon UK's most pre-ordered console ever

Many people questioned how much of a commercial success the 3DS would be with no other Nintendo handheld ever being more expensive, but at least in the UK, it's already breaking sales records.

Amazon.co.uk has just revealed the 3DS has received more pre-orders than any other video game system in the online retailer's history. The site director of video games for the UK Chris Poad said, "It's unusual for a handheld console to attract this amount of excitement in the run up to launch, such high levels of interest are normally reserved for the play-at-home hardware like the ground-breaking Nintendo Wii and last year’s Microsoft Kinect."

The 3DS will sell for £187 when it goes on sale in the UK on March 25. That is the equivalent of $301. Over here in the US, the device will hit stores two days later, March 27, for $250.

The device has already proven its worth as a sales juggernaut in Japan, moving hundreds of thousands of units in its first few days on the market.

Curious about which system the 3DS toppled in order the become the new Amazon UK record holder? The PS3. Here's the new top five list of the site's most pre-ordered gaming hardware:

1. Nintendo 3DS
2. PlayStation 3
3. Nintendo Wii
4. Microsoft Kinect
5. PlayStation Move 

[Source: Gamasutra]

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Mar 17, 2011

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10 comments

  • Gnilres - March 18, 2011 11:44 a.m.

    As much as I know this will piss off fanboys, the Xbox 360 isn't on that list. I know i's stupid to point out, but I don't care.
  • jmcgrotty - March 18, 2011 5:51 a.m.

    The only way this is accurate is if one fool bought half a million (or however many get pre-ordered) of the systems himself.
  • mattdark - March 17, 2011 10:17 p.m.

    I wonder if that may have anything to do with the fact that amazon are running a compotition to let people get their money back on the 3DS if they preorder it...
  • IVIunky - March 17, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    I dunno bout you guys, but I'm counting down the hours till this thing cones out. I was going to call you guys in the UK lucky since you guys get it two days earlier. But, now that I realize that the earlier release costs the equivalent of fifty dollars more, I'm okay with having to wait two more days. On a different note, which game are you guys planning on getting launch day? I am getting Rayman 3D (the remake of Rayman 2) and since I never played the original, it will be an original adventure. I'm saving for June 2 of this year, when many high profile games including OoT, Paper Mario and Mario Kart according to the Gamestop release calendar.
  • salaryman - March 17, 2011 8:41 p.m.

    ^^ Because we always pay more for goods? I presume part of it is because of distribution costs across Europe and market size is very splintered and small compared to the U.S. Also (for this instance only) there was no suggested price (RRP) for the retailers by Nintendo, so it's also based on what individual retailers think the consumers will pay and what their competitors are paying tied with available supply (tight I imagine).
  • TheElephantManchurianCandidate - March 17, 2011 8:41 p.m.

    Hope I still get mine at launch I pre ordered the day the price was announced
  • tomthespesh - March 17, 2011 8:07 p.m.

    Quick question. Why are we in the UK paying more? Is it just in tax and VAT or are we being dare I say it "Mugged Off" by the retailers?
  • Cleanser247 - March 17, 2011 7:18 p.m.

    Hell yeah! I can't wait to see it in person : ) It looks very cool, and I like the charger that comes with it!
  • Japanaman - March 17, 2011 7:08 p.m.

    Honestly, I'm surprised the 3DS is even coming out after what happened in Japan. I'd think it would be delayed worldwide.
  • ManiacalMuphin - March 17, 2011 6:59 p.m.

    Not a big surprise, seeing as this thing sounds as amazing as everyone thought it would, and dare I say..FIRST?!

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