Decline in Wii sales possible in July, “enhancements” to PSP and DS this year, says analyst

Monday, 11th August 2008 12:42 GMT By Patrick Garratt

It’s NPD week! Lazard Capital’s Colin Sebastian just issued a note saying the firm expects Wii sales to have dropped in the US last month, although the doomsayer may have to wait for their “I told you so” moment for a while yet.

“We believe a sequential decline in Wii sales is possible in July, and would indicate a pre-holiday inventory build rather than a demand issue,” said the analyst. “We also note that the console appears to be in stock at many overseas retail locations.”

Sebastian went on to predict that we can expect hardware “enhancements” to both PSP and DS this year.

“We expect a number of meaningful hardware announcements this fall, likely to include price cuts on the Xbox 360 and enhancements to handheld systems from Sony (PSP) and Nintendo (DS),” he said.

NPD results are out this Thursday, August 14.



  1. Blerk

    Already? It only seems like a week or so since the last lot.

    Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see how the PS3s sales have coped in the post-MGS period, and whether the 360 non-price-cut has boosted them any.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. patlike

    I’ve just mailed Mr Pachter and asked for a prediction on PS3 and 360 sales.

    I was thinking of doing an “Ask Pachter” feature every month, if he’s up for it. Give him five questions a month from the readers. Sound fun?

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Do the questions have to be about gaming sales figures? :-D

    #3 6 years ago
  4. patlike

    Whatever you like, I guess. We can agree between us on what to send over first. It’s hypothetical, obv. He’s a busy man.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Quiiick

    @ patlike
    Fantastic idea! :)
    An “Ask Pachter” column would be very, very cool and also a good way to one-up the “videogaming247″-site.

    Please let us know what Mr. Pachter thinks about this.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Blerk

    There should be an ‘ask Blerk’ column where people ask me questions and I take the piss out of them.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. wz

    Blerk, how do you get those fantastic ideas?

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Blerk

    I read your user-name as “waz”. Like “I’m just nipping to the toilet for a waz”.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. No_PUDding

    I can pull an answer out of my ass myself thanks very much.

    Haha, I am joking. A bit.

    It would be a cool feature.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. wz

    blerklol – I seriously laughed :D Everyone who wants “ask Blerk”, raise your hand!

    Btw, I’d rather see me as a “wiz” meself, but “waz” seems appropriate.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. morriss

    Ask Patcher:

    1) Will MS release another console in 2010
    2) Should Sony re-introduce BC? Would it boost sales?
    3) When do you think Wii sales will plateau?
    4) Have Sony or Microsoft a hope in hell in catching up with the Wii?
    5) Can Microsoft make a dent in Europe? If so, how?

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Blerk

    I can do Pachter’s job!

    1) No.
    2) Yes. Maybe a tiny bit.
    3) 2010.
    4) No.
    5) Yes. Drop a crate of 360s from a great height.

    #12 6 years ago

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