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IGN: Analyst NPD Preview: January A Tough Rebound Month

January U.S. sales are expected to decline once again when NPD releases its official numbers later this week.

While the games industry saw a nice boost in December, industry software sales have declined for nine of the last ten months, and are expected to do so again in January. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter released his sales preview for the month, and insists weak music game sales are the primary reason, expecting sales of around $45 million, down from $82 million last January.

Activision's Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Nintendo's New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Wii Fit Plus, and Wii Sports Resort, as well as new releases Mass Effect 2 and Darksiders, are expected to be the top selling titles for the month.

Pachter continues to predict a console price cut will likely happen this fall, but says Microsoft could jump the gun in his latest investor report.

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ramon_v2869d ago

if Michael Cabbage Pacther is even somewhat close this time (cause you know he is never actually right)... then this is some sad new for the industry.

this was the best January in gaming i can ever remember. i personally struggled to pay my rent on time, after having bought three games on their launch dates (Bayonetta, Darksiders, & Mass Effect 2) and pre-ordering another for Feb.

how can the industry be suffering in this time of plenty?

next time i see some random soccer mom buying a wii & wii fit plus at Target, i'm going to tell that b1tch off. it's those kind of "gamers" that never buy anything again that are dragging confidence the whole market down.

calis2869d ago

"this was the best January in gaming i can ever remember. i personally struggled to pay my rent on time, after having bought three games on their launch dates (Bayonetta, Darksiders, & Mass Effect 2) and pre-ordering another for Feb.

how can the industry be suffering in this time of plenty?"

Probably because people in a similar boat are not so stupid to buy three games in a month instead of paying rent/mortgage etc.

"next time i see some random soccer mom buying a wii & wii fit plus at Target, i'm going to tell that b1tch off. it's those kind of "gamers" that never buy anything again that are dragging confidence the whole market down."

It's none of your business what other people buy. No one needs some random d!ckwad telling them what to do.