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

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 5,963 units between June 11 and June 17 to rank No. 5 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 6,029 units the week prior.

Mario Party 9 ranked as the No. 8 best-selling software for the week. It has sold 433,787 units in the region to date.

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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