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In releasing more information than they did last week, Amazon UK have confirmed that pre-orders for the Nintendo 3DS have outpaced the record previously set in 2007 by the PlayStation 3 by a growth of 71%.

They have also surpassed those achieved by any of the Nintendo DS handheld iterations, and are more than five times (407%) the size of pre-orders placed for the Nintendo DSi in 2009.

“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,” comments 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.”

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Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.