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

Amazon UK has revealed that the soon-to-be-released Nintendo 3DS has become its most pre-ordered console of all time. The online retailer has also slashed the price of the handheld to £187, down from £197.

As reported by Gamasutra, Amazon UK announced that customers have placed 20 percent more pre-orders on the Nintendo 3DS than the PlayStation 3 had in 2007, and 56 percent more than Wii – the last most pre-ordered Nintendo console on the website. Additionally, it has also beaten the pre-order numbers of every Nintendo DS model, with a reported 255 percent more pre-orders than DSi alone.

"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," said Amazon UK's Director of Video Games, Chris Poad.

"Nintendo 3DS is launching at a time when interest in all things 3D is incredibly high and with the promise of real 3D graphics without glasses, it's a real breakthrough in handheld video game entertainment."

Amazon UK's top five gaming hardware pre-orders:

  1. Nintendo 3DS – launching 25 March 2011
  2. PlayStation 3 – launched March 2007
  3. Nintendo Wii – launched December 2006
  4. Microsoft Kinect – launched November 2010
  5. PlayStation Move – launched September 2010

Nintendo 3DS was first unveiled at the company's 2010 E3 press conference. The new handheld uses a process called autostereoscopy technology to produce 3D effects without the need for any special glasses. It is set to hit store shelves next Friday in Europe and on March 27 in North America.

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hotdog963al said,
Nintendo fans will buy literally anything they put out, won't they!

Except in nintendos case here, this device will actually be worth buying. Which can't be said about certain other items on the top preorder list that many people(including many here) bought like sheep. Such as the kinect.

NamoBhagavan said,
waiting for 3ds lite
nintendo`s trick

I'll wait for the 3DS lite XL 2nd gen colour change SuperMario special edition

Didn't even look 3D when I first tried it when they demoed it at the nearest mall I went to. More like holographic intensity screen (like those hockey hologram cards sold at McDonalds) where you see a semi large vertical line when you tilt the screen left or right. Seems to or a may bother the eyes after awhile but what I do like about it is the camera with a piece of card on the table where it brings the 3D object to life. That also can be done with your own webcam and a software needed as well but yeah...

My DS Lite died a while back and I have been looking at the 3DS for a while but it didn't appeal to me, snapped up a DSi XL for £115 and I'm loving it

I know it's hardware, but you shouldn't put Kinect in the same list as consoles...

EDIT: Despite Microsoft using Kinect as an excuse not to release their next one.
EDIT 2: Noticed Move there too. ESPECIALLY not that 1...
EDIT 3: The Wii launched NOVEMBER 2006.
EDIT 4: So did the PS3... is the article poster American?
EDIT 5: Sry 'bout all the edits, but... "Amazon UK." *facepalms himself.*

MASTER260 said,
I know it's hardware, but you shouldn't put Kinect in the same list as consoles...

EDIT: Despite Microsoft using Kinect as an excuse not to release their next one.
EDIT 2: Noticed Move there too. ESPECIALLY not that 1...
EDIT 3: The Wii launched NOVEMBER 2006.
EDIT 4: So did the PS3... is the article poster American?
EDIT 5: Sry 'bout all the edits, but... "Amazon UK." *facepalms himself.*

Yeah, the source of the data is Amazon UK and Wikipedia says the EU release of the Wii was December 8th.

TehMonki said,
I am really not liking this product, but many people do so more money goes to Nintendo and the retailers.

You have one?

Spirit Dave said,

You have one?


Played it when it was In Birmingham, did not like it much. I think I will wait for the the new NGP.

TehMonki said,
I am really not liking this product, but many people do so more money goes to Nintendo and the retailers.

So you didn't get on the adverts then like a colleague of mine did