Nintendo: 3DS on track for 200k UK sales this weekend

Thursday, 24th March 2011 15:00 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Speaking ahead of today’s 3DS launch, Nintendo has said the console has been pre-ordered 140,000 times in the UK, and is likely to sell over 200,000 British units this weekend alone.

3DS launch

Hit this for everything you need to know about this weekend’s western 3DS launch.

3DS is Nintendo’s glassless 3D entry into the handheld market.

It sold more than 400,000 units in its first weekend in Japan last month.

Q&A – 3DS

The news comes from an told MCV interview, and is likely to mean 3DS will go on to be Nintendo’s most popular machine: it sold 400,000 units in Japan in its first two days on sale last month.

“Obviously the original headline statement was that we wanted to sell 4 million globally by the end of March,” said Nintendo UK marketing manager James Honeywell.

“What does that mean for the UK? Well, it’s early days, but we do know that we have record pre-orders of over 140,000, which suggests it’s going to be our biggest ever launch by some distance – with Wii we did 106,000 in the opening weekend and with DSi it was 90,000.”

Honeywell added that he expects significant sales to continue following 3DS’s opening weekend.

“How many people who haven’t pre-ordered will go out this weekend and buy one this weekend? It’s hard to say, but I guess we’re looking at a total of comfortably over 150,000, if not more like 200,000. We’ll know soon. What we know already is that in one weekend we’ll sell more 3DS units than all the 3D TVs sold in the entire past year – so we really are bringing 3D to the masses.”

3DS goes on sale in Europe tonight at midnight, and ships in the US on Sunday.

We’ll have updates for you from the London launch later tonight.



  1. lonndubh

    I plan to wait for the next version. The lite was a nice step up from the original DS.

    Also, when Sony’s new handheld is on the market, things should be much more competitive regarding games and pricing.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. xino

    if Sony want to compete with NGP, they better sell NGP for £170!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Crysis

    @2, Why? The NGP is much more powerful than the iPad 2 which is selling for well over twice that. £250 seems reasonable but I personally wouldn’t pay much more than £200.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Moonwalker1982

    The 3DS is for sale now, me and my bro tried it out at one store. It’s cool, but something i didn’t expect was that i can’t really see the 3D effect. I already know when i go to movies in 3D i won’t really see it, when i was a kid i had a lazy eye, i think thats the reason i can’t see 3D properly. I always thought it was the glasses, but now with 3DS i don’t seem to see it neither.

    Is it supposed to come ‘out’ of the screen or should it look like there’s depth to it?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Crysis

    @4, It should have a sense of depth, like looking out at a very pixelated window, if you can’t notice it maybe you should see an optometrist, not an insult or anything but one of your eyes maybe fucked up or something, you need both your eyes to focus to notice anything. Did you make sure the 3D slider was at max?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. lexph3re

    Depth, and ngp will do just fine in the handheld market at least 6-10 years. That’s out living all the ipad’s to ipad 8. Ngp will do just fine on the market

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Moonwalker1982


    Not sure if the slider was at max but my bro went ‘damn..this is sweet’ i only saw the depth alittle. But for example…when you play a game like Metal Gear (when it comes out) in the trailer you see this wasp/bee flying around and i bet it’s supposed to ‘come’ out of the screen, i was expecting everything in all games to ‘come out’ of the screen :)

    I think my eyes are fine, cause i can read things from far away, though with one eye better than the other, but that’s no big deal. But there are many more people out there who can’t really see 3D. I remember Avatar in the theatre, i could see some depth, but not things coming out of the screen like it was supposed to.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. lexph3re

    The 3ds stereoscopic is a basic form of 3d. Its not full blown 3d like nintendo made it seem. Its like the 3d in the magazine that if you look at an angle you can see a secret. Literally when it was said 3ds 3d is gimmicky it really is.

    #8 4 years ago

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