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Nintendo sold 113,000 3DS consoles in the UK during the first two days after the handheld's release. The UK tally accounted for more than a third of total sales in Europe.

The Nintendo 3DS has thus become Nintendo's fastest-selling handheld console, beating the DSi by over 20,000 units during the equivalent period.

Retailers, however, claimed 140,000 of 3DS pre-orders had been taken. Perhaps it was just another tactic to boost stock for fear of shortages.

The headline figures, released by Nintendo itself rather than through the independently verified Chart Track, show that 303,000 units were sold throughout Europe on the opening weekend.

The company had intended to reach 4m sales globally by the end of March, according to financial forecasts made earlier this year. With fewer than 800,000 units sold in Japan so far it appears Nintendo may have failed. It's certainly hard to imagine almost 3m units being sold in the US and rest of the World before April. That's what would have been necessary to make the forecast total. ®

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