Hundreds queue for 3D games console
Hundreds of gamers have queued in central London to be among the first people to get their hands on a new 3D games console.
Technology fans were kitted out with foil space blankets to beat the chill outside the HMV store in Oxford Street where the first Nintendo 3DS was sold in the UK at a minute past midnight.
At the front of the queue was Marwan Elgamal, 21, from Wembley, north London.
The student, who slept on the street outside the store on Wednesday, was also the first person to officially buy a Nintendo Wii when it was launched in the same way in 2006.
He said: "I'm just really passionate about the consoles and I think they are amazing and just make me want to play.
"It was really cold but it will be worth it to get one and I can't wait to get home and play it."
Comic Russ Kane and rapper turned soul crooner Plan B also attended the launch event in London.
Around 100 stores opened at midnight including shops in Aberdeen, Belfast, Dundee and Liverpool.
The console, which has two screens, a built-in motion sensor, three cameras and can also double as a pedometer, claims to offer glasses-free 3D technology.
An HMV spokesman said: "The release of Nintendo's 3DS is shaping up to be the biggest launch ever for a games console. The 3DS is a groundbreaking piece of technology that will not only take gaming to the next level, but will help to lay the foundations for 3D to become a standard entertainment format - it's a real game-changer."