Nintendo U.K. has announced that the 3DS is the most pre-ordered game system ever on, being both better than 50 percent higher than the Wii and 20 percent greater than the PS3, which was the record holder on the site. Games like Pilot Wings Resort, Super Monkey Ball 3D, and Super Street Fighter IV 3DS are also featured in the top sellers for software.

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 , said Chris Poad, Director of Video Games at 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.