Pre-order sales for Nintendo Co. Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS ranked in the top 30 at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s online division post a release date announcement for the title.

This week, Mario Kart 7 ranked as the No. 27 best-selling pre-order product at

Mario Kart 7, to be sold Dec. 4, will include new characters like Lakitu and Metal Mario, and offer an optional first-person driving mode controlled by the gyro-sensor.

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, which began sale Sept. 9, sells at $169.99.

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

Nintendo in July began offering streaming functionality by Netflix Inc. and a short-form video service to view 3D movie trailers, comedy clips and music videos will be enabled in the future.

The company in July released a new system update for the Nintendo 3DS.

The Nintendo eShop online store includes a free Pokedex 3D application to allow users to view Pokemon from Pokemon Black and Pokemon White in 3D.

Nintendo released Nintendo 3DS handheld launched with 18 software titles Mar. 27.

Nintendo in Apr. said the Nintendo 3DS sold 3.61 million by end of the fiscal Mar., below the company’s four million unit projection.

The Nintendo 3DS includes two screens, a 3D Depth Slider, a Circle Pad, and a 2GB SD Card.

Functionality includes StreetPass to exchange game data between owners who pass one another.

Additionally, the hardware includes the Nintendo 3DS Camera software, Mii Maker, and the Nintendo eShop to download new software.

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

In addition, the 3DS is backwards compatible with Nintendo DS and DSi games.

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