It's not much of a surprise that Nintendo's newfangled portable, the 3DS, enjoyed a spectacular launch here in the United Kingdom. But not only did it match expectations; it surpassed them. The 3DS is Nintendo's best-selling console in the UK. Ever. Shifting over 113, 000 units in its first week on release, it outstripped the Wii - 105, 000 - and its predecessor, the DS - 87, 000.
Despite breaking internal records, the 3DS did fall short of Nintendo's initial predictions. A week before release, the Japanese manufacturer touted 140, 000 pre-orders had been logged. So with 113, 000 sold, either shortages, financial mishaps or cancelled pre-orders resulted in the loss of 27, 000 units. And it's still not quite the best portable launch in the UK across all-formats, with the PSP holding firm in top spot with 185, 000 units sold in 2005.
Nintendo, as you might expect, isn't too fussed with all this. They're pretty happy actually, and are probably throwing wads of cash at each other and recklessly investing in random publishing houses just for the fun of it. Across Europe, the 3DS has shipped over 303, 000 units in just two days, surpassing all records, whereas in the US it easily topped the DS' original haul, although Nintendo of America hasn't been forthcoming with concrete details. [Eurogamer]