Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii U console climbed at U.S. retail for the month of Feb. but held behind rivals in new data.

NPD Group Inc. this week said the Wii U sold 66,000 units in the U.S. in Feb., a small gain from 57,000 units in Jan.

By comparison, Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 ranked as the No. 1 game hardware for the month, while Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 ranked second.

Nintendo in Jan. cut its sales forecast for the fiscal year ending Mar. by 17 percent to $7.38 billion.

Nintendo sold 3.06 million Wii U units through Dec. 2012. It cut its Wii U sales forecast to four million units, down from a previous estimate of 5.5 million units. Wii U software sales were cut one-third to 16 million units.

The company posted a profit of $160 million for the first nine months to Dec. By comparison the company recorded a $531 million loss the year prior. It reported revenue of $5.9 billion, down from $6.1 billion the year prior. Finally, the company’s operating loss narrowed to $64.4 million from $180.4 million one year prior.

Nintendo released Wii U, the successor the Wii hardware, to the U.S. market Nov. 18.

New titles for 2013 include a new Mario Kart title, new 3D Mario title, and a re-release of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

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