Nintendo’s announced that over 1,200 stores across UK and Ireland will open for the European launch of 3DS this Friday.
VIP 3DS locations
Asda, Derby Road, Derby
Tesco, Barr Hill, Cambridge
HMV, Liverpool One
Argos, The Headrow, Leeds
GameStation, Birmingham Long Street
Smyths, Jervis Street, Dublin
Xtra-Vision, Letterkenny Shopping Centre
GameStop, Henry Street, Dublin
GAME, Grand Arcade, Cardiff
GAME, Trafford Centre, Manchester
GAME, 100 Oxford Street, London
GAME, GST Hull
The company’s teaming up with HMV for the official launch party in London, but 13 “VIP” midnight launch parties will take place in Liverpool, Dublin, Cardiff, Cambridge, Glasgow, Letterkenny, Donegal and Manchester, among others.
“We’ve been blown away by both retail and consumer reaction to Nintendo 3DS,” said Nintendo UK head David Yarnton.
“With over 1,000 stores opening across the UK at midnight to launch the console, this has the potential to be one of our biggest launches ever in the UK.”
The main launch in London will take place at HMV Oxford Street, where the first 500 people in line will pick up a free game for 3DS. It’ll be one of 100 stores opening from HMV across the UK, with Liverpool being the big launch outside of the capital.
3DS launches in the UK and Europe on Friday and in the US on Sunday. Read our full comprehensive list of both launches by Keza MacDonald here.