Despite the imminent arrival of the 3DS, the Nintendo DS has shown no intention of quietly retiring just yet. It has emerged as the best selling console of 2010 in the UK.

MCV reports that combined sales of the Nintendo DS Lite, DSi and DSi XL beat the Xbox 360 into second place by 50,000 units. This cements its place as the most successful console in the UK since it debuted in 2004.

Despite a year-on-year decrease in sales, the records continue to tumble for the DS. Nintendo last week announced that it had shifted 47 million units in the USA, making it the most successful handheld ever in the country and second only to the PlayStation 2 overall.

This bodes well for Nintendo as it moves forward with plans to launch the 3DS in Europe in March.