Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii hardware ranked fifth in Japan in the latest retail data for the region.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 10,173 units between Jan. 16 to Jan. 22 to rank No. 5 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 14,179 units the week prior.

The hardware did not rank any titles in the top 10 for the week.

Nintendo in Jan. said the Wii held a global install base of 51 million units.

In Oct. 2011, the company posted a $927 million loss in the first six months of the fiscal year amid slow sales for current products.

Wii sales declined to 3.35 million units from 4.97 million units one year ago.

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

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