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Nintendo: 3DS won't sell out in UK over weekend

UK marketing manager says stock allocation will fill demand

Nintendo's UK marketing manager, James Honeywell, has told press that he's confident UK stocks of the 3DS will last through the weekend.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Honeywell reassured shoppers that stock levels were well in excess of expected demand, with pre-orders not affecting shelf stock of the 3D handheld.

"We have well in excess of the pre-orders available," said Honeywell. "I know we haven't published an actual number, and I know there have been a lot of reports out there talking about numbers. All of those numbers are way short of the actual number.

I know there have been a lot of reports out there talking about numbers. All of those numbers are way short of the actual number.

James Honeywell, Nintendo

"So there is literally no reason why you won't be able to go out tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday and buy one."

Reports had placed pre-order figures at around 140,000, with Amazon announcing that the handheld outstripped all previous consoles in pre-order numbers.

"The pre-orders are 140,000," Honeywell confirmed. "We've got way more than that available out there. So don't be put off by that. You can go out there and you'll be able to get one no matter what."

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Latest comments (9)

Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 8 years ago
First weekend maybe. I'm interested to see what will happen after word of mouth starts to get going...
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Niall McGuinness8 years ago
I agree Patrick. Once people get them in their hands and start showing how well the 3D works without glasses those excess units will be snapped up.

Have you plans to buy one this weekend?
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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 8 years ago
Already have in hand. I've been using it to teach kids in a secondary school about binocular vision :-)

I'm very excited by all of the social and connective possibilities and Nintendo absolutely MUST follow through with the AR as it really is a wow factor to the console. I'd be very surprised if the next Pokemon doesn't use this is in a big way.
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 8 years ago
Sure you were Patrick, any excuse to play on your new toy? ;P
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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 8 years ago
If they learn and i get to have fun there's not downside! Plus they all think I'm some kind of gaming wizard because I once worked "in the industry".
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Asa Reed Associate Producer, K2 Network, Inc8 years ago
They're probably just saying this so that when it does sellout, they can talk about how unexpected and unprecedented of an event it was :)
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Well...you cant sellout somethign with minimal games on release.

its like selling a TV with no available channels of note, or selling a computer with notepad for entertainment :0
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Cynthia Williams Studying Game Production, Collins College8 years ago
I just can't wait to hear all about the 3ds's actual game play!
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