Switch vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – February 2018 Update

Switch vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – February 2018 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 April 2018 / 4,698 Views

The VGChartz Gap charts are updated monthly and each article focuses on a different gap chart. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation platforms, as well as comparisons within the 8th generation. All sales are worldwide, unless otherwise stated.

Switch Vs. Wii Global:

Gap change in latest month: 163,341 – Switch

Total Lead: 1,854,036 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 15,333,722

Wii Total Sales: 13,479,686

February 2018 is the 12th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the Wii has closed the gap with the Switch slightly. The Wii outsold the Switch by 163,341 units. The Switch is currently ahead of the Wii by 1.85 million units.

The Wii launched in November 2006, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. The Switch has sold 15.33 million units, while the Wii sold 13.48 million units during the same timeframe.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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7 Comments

OTBWY (on 02 April 2018)

When's Wii lite?


mZuzek (on 02 April 2018)

Wii seems to be doing better for the most part when you consider the circumstances. Switch might have better legs but I don't think it's winning this one.


Jumpin (on 02 April 2018)

Supply confined the Wii at this point until 2009. In Europe at least, it seemed they didn't last on sale anywhere at retail until Spring 09.


zygote (on 02 April 2018)

Oh yeah, Switch got this. Just wait till E3 :)


Amnesia (on 02 April 2018)

I just don't get it so someone can explain me the method here : Nintendo announces 14,86M at December 31th 2017. Here 2 months later we are at 15,33. But approximately 1M/month was counted for January and February. Why we don't see a number more around 16,8M for the first 12 months of the Switch ?


WhatATimeToBeAlive (on 02 April 2018)

It was 14,86m shipped. This is sold through.


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miskdjen29 (on 02 April 2018)

I believe this is because vgchartz does not provide 100% accurate information since that would probably be impossible. I saw the 14.86 M number too at that time and I think that came directly from Nintendo while according to vgchartz it had only sold around 13 M at that time. I think vgchartz has been slightly undertracking the switch's sales so it probably has sold more than 15.33 at this time. That's what I think it is at least I could be wrong.


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Amnesia (on 02 April 2018)

I don't believe that there was 2 millions of Switch waiting in stores. This doesn't make sens : at the begining of the year we had still some supply issues reported, at least in Japan. I rather think that VGC can't be 100% accurate and adjusts some months later every values, so they prefer to count it less than more and add the few missing later. They also certainly can't get the other world regions data (out of US/JP/FR/UK/GE) which represents 8-10% of the sales.


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Amnesia (on 03 April 2018)

I had never seen before, a so huge amount of son of bitch in a forum. VGCHARTZ is unique for that. When I see the number of red thumbs that I get for no reason. But I had noticed already that everytime someone here try to write something a bit detailed with arguments, he get hit by red thumbs. Meanwhile, everytime someone put a short, pretencious simplist and even sometimes impolite comment, he get full support with many green thumbs.


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Kristof81 (on 02 April 2018)

Are you guys sure? 13.48 mil would suggest data from 27/10/2007. That's 11 months (and 8 days) worth of sales not 12.


RolStoppable (on 03 April 2018)

Month 1 for any console in the various comparison charts can greatly differ in the amount of days. Wii launched on November 19th 2006, so only two weeks of tracking went into its month 1. Switch launched on March 3rd 2017, so it had four weeks in month 1.

The cutoff for Wii's month 12 is the last week that ended during October 2007, so this adds to the discrepancy in the methodology that is used in all of the comparison charts.

Wii will take the lead in either month 13 or 14 due to entering its second holiday season. Wii will have quite a big lead after month 14.


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Kristof81 (on 04 April 2018)

Thanks buddy. I get it. It's a calendar month alignment. It's just a bit confusing as 12 month figure is actually different than first year figure (aka first 52/53 weeks).


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ship31 (on 02 April 2018)

Wii was only good for Wii Sports. Will had some great games like Galaxy 1&2 and Skyword Swors but they would have been better on Xbox 360 or PS3.


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Ljink96 (on 03 April 2018)

Why...why would you even say that?


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