Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS handheld has surpassed Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 in lifetime sales in Japan.

Media Create Co. this week said the Nintendo 3DS has sold 8,779,378 units in Japan since launch in Feb. 26, 2011.

By comparison, the PS3 has sold 8,716,260 units since launch on Nov. 11, 2006.

Nintendo in July 2011 price cut the Nintendo 3DS to $169.999 from $249.99 in the U.S. and in global markets due to slow sales.

The hardware subsequently gained momentum, particularly in Japan were it consistently ranks as the top hardware platform in the region.

In summer of 2012, Nintendo released the Nintendo 3DS XL which includes larger screens at $199.99.

Nintendo in Oct. cut annual sales of the Nintendo 3DS by 5.4 percent to 17.5 million units. In addition, it lowered 3DS software sales by 4.5 percent.

Nintendo lowered full-year net income by 70 percent to six billion yen, or $75 million. It previously estimated net income at 20 billion yen.

For the first half of the fiscal year, Nintendo held revenue of $2.5 billion, down from $2.7 billion one year ago. It posted a loss of $359.8 million compared to a loss of $880.7 million one year prior.

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