Preorders for Nintendo's imminent 3DS portable hardware on Amazon UK are now more than double what the Wii achieved in 2006, putting it ahead of all other Nintendo launches on the online retailer in the region.
It's also 71 percent higher than the previous Amazon UK hardware pre-order record set by the PlayStation 3 in 2007, and more than five times what the Nintendo DSi achieved in 2009.
The preorders are up from late last week
, when Amazon UK said 3DS preorders were just 56 percent more than the Nintendo Wii. Amazon UK has not released actual preorder sales figures.
According to Amazon UK, the 3DS has already featured twice in its top ten bestsellers' chart. The launch game lineup for the device, which includes titles like Ridge Racer 3D
and Super Street Fighter IV
, all occupy spaces on the retailer's top twenty "Hot Future Releases."
Amazon UK's top five most pre-ordered gaming hardware devices are as follows:
1. Nintendo 3DS (March 2011)
2. PlayStation 3 (March 2007)
3. Nintendo Wii (December 2006)
4. Microsoft Kinect (November 2010)
5. PlayStation Move (September 2010)
The 3DS launches in the UK on March 25, and is priced at £187 ($304) on the site.