Pre-order sales for Nintendo Co. Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS ranked in the top five at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s online division amid strong advanced demand for the title.

This week, Mario Kart 7 ranked as the No. 4 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 Nov. said the Nintendo 3DS has sold 1.65 million units in the U.S.

It price cut the handheld to $169.99 in Aug.

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