The notorious Wedbush analyst Michael Pacther has estimated sales figures ahead of the NPD Group's monthly sales data, due Thursday of this week.
He forecast that 2.5m of the XBox 360 were sold, 2.6m of the Wii and 1.2m of the PS3 were shifted in the period of good cheer.
Pachter also forecast that current generation hardware sales were down by 11%. He added that: "Given competition from the other consoles and as disclosed by Nintendo, we think that the Wii had another down month."
"We expect Nintendo DS hardware sales to also continue to struggle until the introduction of the Nintendo 3DS in March."
He further forecasth selling titles will see the likes of Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops
, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
and Just Dance 2
, and Nintendo's Donkey Kong Country Returns
Pachter said of his predictions: "This month was particularly difficult to estimate, as the surprisingly high volumes for Kinect (around 3 million units sold in the U.S. alone during the month) drained many consumers' wallets, and may have affected their ability to purchase software."
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