On Thursday, The NPD Group is expected to release its video game sales report for the month of June. Following a downright terrible April and a worse than expected May, June game sales are likely to be down yet again, according to Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter. He's expecting software sales to come in at $575 million, an 8% dip year-over-year.
As for hardware, Pachter estimates sales of 400,000 Wiis (up 11% y-o-y), 325,000 Xbox 360 units (up 35% y-o-y), and 195,000 PS3 units (up 18% y-o-y). He noted that Wii sales "should increase due to the May introduction of the new bundle. Xbox 360 sales should be up due to the introduction of a new slim version and $50 price cuts on discontinued models. We think that PS3 inventory improved during the month, allowing for a modest pickup in sales. DS sales should continue to decline now that the 3DS has been announced for release before March 31."