NINTENDO’S new handheld gaming system has become the most pre-ordered console ever.

The 3DS, which allows gamers to play games in 3D without the need for glasses, has already received 20 per cent more orders than the PlayStation 3 with more than a week to go before its launch. It also received 56 per cent more orders than Nintendo’s former most pre-ordered console the Wii, according to online retailer Amazon. The flurry of orders has pushed the console into the top ten products in Amazon’s bestsellers chart.

Microsoft’s Kinect, launched in November last year, is fourth on the list. It went on to smash records, selling more than 10m units in just four months.

Chris Poad, director of video games at Amazon said: “It’s unusual for a handheld console to attract this amount of excitement , such high levels of interest are normally reserved for the play-at-home hardware like the ground-breaking Wii.”