Pre-order sales for Nintendo Co.’s Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS accelerated this week at Inc. this week amid strong advanced demand for the sequel.

This week, Mario Kart 7 held a 21 percent sales increase to rank at No. 115 in Amazon’s Video Games division.

Mario Kart 7 will include brand new tracks that include underwater territory, in addition to trademark power-ups like mushrooms, banana peels, and shells.

In addition, the title will include vehicle customization and online racing.

It will be sold Dec. 4

Nintendo in Oct. said it has sold nearly 450,000 Nintendo 3DS units since a price cut to $169.99 in Aug.

In Oct., The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D became the first 3DS title to pass 500,000 unit sales in the U.S.

New titles to be sold in 2011 include Super Mario 3D Land Nov. 13 and Mario Kart 7 Dec. 4.

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.

This Nov., a new system update will offer 3D video recording functionality.

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

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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