Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii ranked as the No. 4 game hardware in Japan in the latest retail data.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 12,161 units between Oct. 10 and Oct. 16 to rank No. 4 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 10,080 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked three titles in the top 10, including Ubisoft Inc.’s Just Dance Wii at No. 2, Rhythm Heaven at No. 9, and Square Enix Holdings Co.’s Dragon Quest 25th Anniversary at No. 10.

Nintendo in July said the company held a Q1 net loss of $324 million. For the fiscal year ending Mar. 2012, it expects a profit of $257 million, down 82 percent from a prior forecast.

Wii sales fell to 1.56 million in the quarter, down from 3.04 million one year prior.

Nintendo in May began sale of the Wii Mario Kart Bundle, which includes the Wii hardware, Mario Kart Wii, and a Wii Wheel at $149.99.

In addition, Nintendo in May began sale of new Nintendo Selects titles for Wii at $19.99 each.

New Wii products to be sold in 2011 include Kirby’s Return to Dream Land in Oct. and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Gold Remote Bundle in Nov.

Nintendo will release Wii U, the successor the Wii hardware, in 2012.

The Wii U includes a multi-core CPU by IBM Corp., a Radeon-based high-definition GPU by AMD Inc., and will utilize flash storage with optional expansion through SD memory cards or an external hard drive.

The full high-definition hardware can relay 1080p resolution with HDMI or component cables. It will also support S-Video and composite cables.

The Wii U controller includes a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen that allows users to transfer gameplay to the controller screen, or use the added screen to relay menu items.

The controller includes two analog circle pads, a d-pad, touch screen, microphone, speakers, gyrophone, face buttons and two sets of triggers.

Images to the controller screen wirelessly from the Wii u. Titles can be structured to use the controller and the screen at the same time. Examples include swiping a ninja star from the controller that fires to the TV screen.

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