Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii U hardware neared 8,000 units in latest weekly Japan retail data.

Media Create Co. this month reported that the Wii U sold 8,262 units between Apr. 22 and Apr. 28 to rank at No. 4 in overall sales.

It sold 8,798 units the week prior.

The hardware did not rank any titles in the top 10 for the week.

The Wii sold 1,379 units in the same period.

For the year ending Mar. 31, 2013, Nintendo held a net profit of $71.7 million, up from a $531 million loss the year prior.

In addition, it held an operating loss of $366 million for the fiscal year.

Nintendo sold 3.45 million Wii U consoles by Mar., lower than the four million target forecast. It expects the Wii U to sell nine million units by the next fiscal year and 38 million Wii U software units due to a strong second-half lineup.

Nintendo will release new franchise titles to drive Wii U sales, including a new Mario 3D title, Mario Kart, Mario Party, and The Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker remake.

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