In the latest round of predictions before Thursday's crucial November NPD video game charts, Lazard Capital Markets' Colin Sebastian is predicting a 10-15% year-on-year software boost, thanks to "improved retail sales trends" after a "soft patch" in October.
This is in the range of Wedbush Morgan's 10-15% prediction
for the month, and the analyst thinks that the increase will be driven by "incremental sales of next-generation software (Xbox 360, Wii and PS3), ongoing solid Nintendo DS and Sony PS2 game sales, and a relatively easy year-over-year comparison (-18% [from Nov. 2004 to Nov. 2005])". He also noted that the company's retail checks throughout the month have been positive compared to the previous month.
According to Sebastian: "We believe top console games for the month included Need for Speed: Carbon, Madden NFL 07, Call of Duty 3, Guitar Hero 2, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2007, Gears of War
and Final Fantasy XII
." Lazard also predicted the top-selling titles on next-generation consoles, including Legend of Zelda
and Red Steel
on Nintendo’s Wii, Resistance: Fall of Man, Call of Duty 3
and Madden NFL
on Sony’s PS3, and Gears of War
and Rainbow Six Vegas
on the Xbox 360.
The report also referenced software-to-hardware attach rates for the newly launched consoles, commenting: "We believe the PS3 TIE ratio was between 1.0x and 2.0x for the month (1.5x according to GameStop) and 2.0x-3.0x on Nintendo’s Wii."
Finally, publisher-specific data was added for the companies that Lazard covers, with Activision predcited to be "...flat to up slightly in
November data despite a tough year-over-year comparison (+54% in November 2005), with strong initial sell-through of Guitar Hero 2
and Call of Duty 
For Electronic Arts: "We expect Electronic Arts sell-through to be flat to down slightly in November data, with recent release Need for Speed: Carbon
and catalog EA Sports titles key drivers of 3Q (December) sales, but no Harry Potter this year."
And for THQ: "We expect THQ sell-through to be up in the 20-30% range in November data, driven by strong sales of WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2007
, catalog sales of October releases such as Destroy All Humans 2
, and seasonally stronger holiday titles such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Cars."