Midnight queue for latest gadget

Neil Carpenter
Neil Carpenter
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GAMES fans will be among the first in the country to get their hands on the world’s first 3D console this week.

And Fylde coast stores are preparing for the raft of extra business the major launch is set to make.

HMV in Bank Hey Street, Blackpool, will open its doors at midnight on Thursday night after being inundated with orders for the Nintendo 3DS console.

And Gamestation in Corporation Street will open at 8am on Friday morning to cope with fans eager to have a look at the ground-breaking machine before school or work.

The latest iteration of the Nintendo’s handheld games machine promises 3D effects without the need to wear glasses. The console also features a touch screen and a built-in pedometer.

It even includes a 3D camera which allows the user to take 3D picture images.

So many keen gamers have put in orders for the machine that the decision was taken to open HMV’s store at midnight to cope with demand.

Manager Neil Carpenter (left), said: “It’s something we’ve not done and this is the biggest console release for quite a few years.

“It has been top secret. We’ve got a demo model in the shop and we’ve had massive restrictions with it. We’ve had to sign it in and out and keep it in a secure place.”

When the then biggest-selling game of all time, Call of Duty 2, went on sale across the country, Blackpool’s HMV store didn’t open its doors at night.

Mr Carpenter added: “I think we missed out there. Nintendo has been really supportive with us for this launch and its regional centre is Liverpool, which means we have extra stock to sell.”

The much-hyped machine will be launched with 15 game titles, a number that is expected to rise to around 60 in the next few months alone.

Gamestation assistant manager Levi Darbyshire said: “It should be a good day. We are expecting the console to sell really well.

“That’s why we are opening from 8am.”

And John Doyle of Games Dojo in The Crescent, St Annes, added: “It’s a fantastic piece of equipment with great launch titles. It’s been a quiet start to the year and this will give the games industry a bit of a kickstart.”