Sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 ranked third in Japan in the latest retail figures for the region.

Media Create Co. this month reported the PS3 sold 20,676 units between Mar. 11 and Mar. 17 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware 19,567 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked four titles in the top 10, including Kindgom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX at No. 2 and God of War: Ascension at No. 8.

Sony in Feb. said the game division held an operating profit of $49.3 million, down 86 percent from the year prior.

It sold 6.8 Playstation 3 and Playstation 2 consoles in the quarter, down from 7.4 million one year ago. It forecasts 16 million hardware units sold in the fiscal year ending Mar.

Console software sales declined to 61.7 million from 68.7 million one year prior.

Sony will release the Playstation 4 this holiday.

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