Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii hardware increased in Japan amid the release of a new Kirby title in the region.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 9,002 units between July 16 and July 22 to rank No. 5 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 6,747 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked one title in the top 10, Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition at No. 1 with 100,286 units sold at launch.

Nintendo in July recorded a $220 million loss in the first quarter due to declining sales of the Wii console.

In the quarter ending June 30, held a net loss of $220 million on revenue of $1.08 billion.

Nintendo sold 710,000 Wii units between Apr. and June, less than half of the 1.6 million units sold in the same period last year.

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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