Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii hardware fell below 6,000 units in latest retail data from Japan.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 5,956 units between May 14 and May 20 to rank No. 5 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 6,073 units the week prior.

Mario Party 9 ranked as the No. 2 best-selling software for the week, selling 25,123 units in its third week at retail.

Nintendo in Apr. recorded a $460 million loss for the fiscal year amid lower-than-expected sales of the Nintendo 3DS handheld and the Wii console.

In the year it sold 9.8 million Wii consoles, down from an estimate of 13 million.

The Wii holds a global install base of 51 million units.

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

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