Nintendo 3DS is here! Yes, just over a year since Nintendo's glasses-free handheld was announced, the console launched in the UK at midnight across the country last night.
1,200 stores were open at midnight but the big event was at HMV's flagship store in London's Oxford Street where hundreds of fans queued up to be among the first in the country to get their hands on a 3DS.
Once again 22 year-old Marwan Elgamal was first in line. He was the first person in the UK to buy a Wii back in 2006 and he was back at the front of the queue again although he didn't have to wait quite as long this time. "I've been queuing since 1am, so probably about 22 hours," he told ONM. He bought Super Street Fighter IV 3D with his console but the game he is really looking forward to is Ocarina Of Time 3D. Asked how it compared to the Wii launch, Marwan said: "These Nintendo events are always great. There's a great vibe here."
It was a view shared by Australian Tahnee Blackman. She had only been queuing for a few hours when we met up with her. "It's really great," she said. "I like the atmosphere." She was going to buy Nintendogs + Cats but also couldn't wait for Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D.
Vaneet Mehta had been there for five hours. "We've had a great time," he said. Having already played 3DS at the Nintendo tour, he said "The AR Cards are outstanding, Face Raiders is quite fun but I'm really looking forward to Kid Icarus although I'm going to get Street Fighter and Nintendogs + Cats."
Then, the crowd were let into HMV where they saw Super Street Fighter IV producer Yoshinori Ono battling on stage against members of the public. Finally, midnight struck and fans were finally able to get their hands on their very own 3DS console.
We spoke to Mustapha Salim, another veteran of the Wii launch, after he had bought his console. "It feels amazing. I can't wait to get my hands on it. I'm going to play all night."
Earlier in the evening, the likes of Hadouken, girl band Parade and Plan B played at the Nintendo £DS launch party in Billingsgate, London.
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