Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS held as the top-selling game hardware in the latest retail data in Japan post price cut a price cut for the handheld.

Media Create Co. this week said the Nintendo 3DS sold 196,077 units 105,639 between Aug. 15 and Aug. 21 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The 3DS ranked two titles in the top 10, including Pokemon Rumble Blast at No. 5 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D at No. 7.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo DSi LL sold 4,329 units to rank No. 5, the Nintendo DSi sold 3,585 to rank No. 5, and the DS Lite sold 117 units to rank No. 9 in the same period.

The PSP sold 40,409 units for the week to rank at No. 2 in Japan.

The PSP go sold 20 units to rank No. 10 for the week.

The PSP ranked four titles in the top 10, including Pokemon Hunter Diary at No. 1, Uta no Prince-Sama at No. 5, J League Pro Soccer Club 7! at No. 7, Toriko: Gourmet Survival at No. 8.

Nintendo in Aug. price cut the Nintendo 3DS handheld to $169.99, 33 percent off the current $249.99 MSRP.

The Nintendo 3DS Flame Red SKU will sell Sept. 9 at $169.99.

The company said the hardware, which began sale Mar. 24, has sold 4.32 million units worldwide and 830,000 units in the U.S.

Nintendo DS sales fell to 1.44 million in Q1, down from 3.15 million one year ago.

New titles expected to boost 3DS sales include Super Mario 3D Land in Nov. and Mario Kart in Dec.

The Nintendo 3DS includes 3-D display technology that does not require the use of special glasses.

The PS Vita, to be sold in 2012, will include the dual analog sticks, a 5-inch multi-touch OLED display, 3G & GPS, front and rear touch panels, and a compass on three axes. It will utilize flash-memory game cards.

Hardware specifications include an ARM Cortex A9 4-core CPU, front camera, rear camera, built-in microphone, and Bluetooth 2.1.

The company will partner with AT&T to allow current customers to access Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide.

The PSVita Party mode will allow users to chat with nearby owners. In addition, near will allow users to play with friends using their PSN ID.

The Wi-Fi only model will sell at $249.99. The 3G model will sell at $299.99.

Sony in May began sale of the Limited Edition PSP Entertainment Pack, which includes the PSP-3000 handheld, 2GB Memory Stick Pro, Gran Turismo, and MLB 11 The Show at $199.99.

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