Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS sales increased 17 percent in May according to NPD Group Inc.

In May, the Nintendo 3DS sold 113,500 units. In addition, Nintendo DS sales increased 35 percent.

Nintendo sold a total of 285,000 hardware units in May, including Wii console and handheld SKUs.

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.

It sold 13.5 million Nintendo 3DS handhelds, down from a target of 16 million.

It shipped about five million Nintendo DS units.

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

The hardware includes two screens, a 3D Depth Slider, a Circle Pad, a 2GB SD Card and 3-D display technology that does not require the use of special glasses.

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