The Chancellor's 1p cut in fuel duty may not be the only relief to BP's forecourt customers, as the oil giant stocked up on the new Nintendo 3DS to help ­gamers beat the queues.

The oil giant started selling the console and games from 99 of its forecourt stores for £229.99 following yesterday's launch. It can also be ordered and collected from any of BP's remaining company-owned stores.

"This is a chance for our customers to beat the queues and get their hands on the new console and games before their mates," said David Pitron, head of trading for BP's UK company-owned forecourts. "We are the only non-traditional outlet to be given an allocation of the console."

Morrisons said it would sell the console for £187. It was on pre-sale at Asda Direct for £187, at Tesco Direct for £197 and on Sainsbury's website for £199.99.