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Pachter: Wii may push 1M per month 

 

The Wii has been able to outsell Xbox 360 and PS3 combined in recent months in the U.S., but Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter says it could sell even more per month thanks to a slightly stronger dollar.

The Wii sold an average of 685,000 units per month during the April-June period. Pachter said in an investor note Monday, "...We expect monthly sell-through to increase by as many as 300,000 units per month, beginning in August."

Pachter explained, "In our view, U.S. supply last year should have been somewhere between 720,000 – 900,000 units per month (40-50 percent of total units produced), but Nintendo chose instead to divert a significant portion of its available supply to Europe since April 2007, as the weak dollar has made U.S. sales less profitable for the company than European sales.

"It appears that European console supply has caught up with demand, while at the same time, the U.S. dollar has appreciated slightly against the yen, making shipments to the U.S. far more likely going forward.

"As a result, we think that the company likely shipped the U.S. a figure closer to its 'fair share' in the month of July, and we expect a further increase in Wii supply beginning in August."

Monthly NPD Group sales figures are expected to release on Thursday.

While the Wii's monthly success has become run-of-the-mill, the battle between higher-priced high-def consoles continues.

Microsoft recently announced that it would be upgrading its $350 20GB Xbox 360 to 60GB for the same price.

Pachter questioned the company's pricing strategy.

"We think that Sony will gain a competitive advantage as the installed base of HDTVs increases, given the Blu-ray functionality of the PS3, and think that Microsoft’s attempt to gain an advantage by increasing the size of its hard drive is ill-advised.

"At the end of the day, there are more consumers on the sidelines who will be influenced by pricing than by features and functionality, and we think that Microsoft should seize the opportunity to again gain a sales lead over Sony by cutting price below $300 permanently."

Microsoft, however, is rumored to have yet another price adjustment in the works for September.



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No one ever seems to be able to understand Microsoft's strategies. Probably because they often don't make sense.



So European sales will decrease by 300,000 per month? Is that really what he's suggesting? Production won't go up that much...



Every time I hear the name "Pachter" I think of corporate America. Getting paid to do nothing. Like CEOs that make 20 million in a year. Why do we pay this guy so much to do nothing?

Thank you, Pachter, for the late and obvious news. Well done.



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Checkers Age and replayability > Halo Age and replayability

Therefore, Checkers > Halo

So, Checkers is a better game than Halo.

2.2M production (stockpilling taken into account).

45% of the sales would then be in America. Up untill now, it has had 44%.

This is far from impossible. If they do 2.3M (lower stockpilling needed than I expect), this will mean 43.4% is all it needs.

 

Fair prediction. A bit high, but totally fair.



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That is VGChartz LONGEST review. And it's NOT Cute Kitten DS

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Soleron said:
So European sales will decrease by 300,000 per month? Is that really what he's suggesting? Production won't go up that much...

That's a drop of 75k per week putting them at an average of 100k per week total while America is boosted to 250k per week.

 

Not sure if they'd want to do that but they could.

 



The rEVOLution is not being televised

Pachter is referring to US sales. Basically US is the only place in the world that matters. 70% of the members of this site live in the US.



250k wii units sold per week for a month ?ummm, maybe a price cut during the month of christmas
but dam,nintendo is probably more money hungry than microsoft......



yes,i think its possible to sell 1 million a month



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Rock_on_2008 said:
Pachter is referring to US sales. Basically US is the only place in the world that matters. 70% of the members of this site live in the US.

 

Weak.  Haha considering that markets in Europe and Asia are fastly growing thx to the DS and Wii we soon might see where that entire region is 60% of the market while America is only 30% followed by Japan at 10%.  US is the most important individual market but the region will soon be smaller than the Europe and Asian one.