Amazon.co.uk has announced that the Nintendo 3DS handheld console has become the most pre-ordered console of all-time on Amazon.co.uk, overtaking PlayStation 3 which previously held the record when launched in March 2007.
With a week still to go until launch, the new handheld console has 20% more pre-orders than PlayStation 3 achieved by launch date and 56% more than the previously most pre-ordered Nintendo console, Nintendo Wii, in 2006.
“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 Chris Poad, Director of Video Games at Amazon.co.uk Ltd.
“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.”
The top five most pre-ordered consoles/gaming hardware of all-time on Amazon.co.uk are:
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