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Switch vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – May 2019 Update - VGChartz
Switch vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – May 2019 Update

Switch vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – May 2019 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 July 2019 / 2,267 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: 667,601 - Wii

Gap change over last 12 months: 6,604,973 - Wii

Total Lead: 10,495,485 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 34,672,660

Wii Total Sales: 45,168,145

May 2019 is the 27th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the Wii has grew its lead by 667,601 units. In the last 12 months the Wii has outsold the Switch by 6.60 million units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 10.50 million units.

The Wii launched in November 2006, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. The Switch has sold 34.67 million units, while the Wii sold 45.17 million units during the same timeframe.

The 27th month for the Nintendo Switch is May 2019 and for the Wii it is January 2009.


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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16 Comments

Ljink96 (on 20 June 2019)

The Wii burned bright, but I wonder if it'll burn long against the Switch.


Coolback (on 21 June 2019)

Need to see only after the Switch's Third Xmas. After Xmas, Switch will have : SMM2, FE, LM3, Pokémon, Zelda, DxM, Astral Chain. And in End 2019 Switch have 3 possibilities : Switch Pro/Mini and the December's Game not announced for this moment.


gord352 (on 21 June 2019)

Even though 10m is a significant lead at this point I still think the Switch can sell more if it endures. Also bear in mind the Wii has had 3 xmas windows here compared to the 2 the switch has had so far.


The_Liquid_Laser (on 20 June 2019)

No console can beat the Wii at the 27 month mark, but there are several that can beat it if they go the distance. Switch is one of those consoles.


Mnementh (on 21 June 2019)

That is the really interesting question though. I am not sure at this point, how well the Switch will stand, if next gen really is coming (meaning new games using the new hardware, not the first year). But we are close to the point where we can start to see how long the Switch can endure.


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The_Liquid_Laser (on 21 June 2019)

I don't see how Sony and Microsoft consoles can affect the Switch at this point. The early buyers of these consoles are going to be people willing to shell out $500 (or equivalent depending on territory) for a high end console. These are the people who will either not get a Switch or see it as a secondary console at best.

There are far more people who want a price point around $300 or lower and a large library of games. Switch will be selling to all of these people, the majority. How long until a Sony/Microsoft console gets to $300 with a large library of games? 2023 maybe? Switch will already have been on the market for 6 years at that point and will be ready for a successor.


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SuperNintend0rk (on 21 June 2019)

That and it's almost guaranteed that the Switch will get a cheaper model and/or price drop before they launch.


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RolStoppable (on 21 June 2019)

Mnementh, why do you have to hate? Remember, Switch launched into PS4's peak year and ended up with the record for the best sales over the first 12 months of a console's life. If you want to be concerned, you should fear what Nintendo could do, because they are a much more serious threat to Switch than any other company.


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Mnementh (on 21 June 2019)

I don't hate, I am curious about what will happen. The reason I have doubts is, that a big selling point for Switch currently is 'console experience on the go'. If PS5 and Nextbox release they will transform (slowly) the image of 'full console experience'. In result the perceived value of the Switch might drop and therefore it's sales. But there are multiple ways how this can play out. One possibility is that Nintendo switches to marketing the Switch more as a mobile device - which were also always good sellers for Nintendo.


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RolStoppable (on 21 June 2019)

Oh, I see. The concern is that Switch will fall victim to what the PSP and PSV fell victim to in America and Europe. Both Sony handhelds launched about two years before the corresponding PS home console, so "console experience on the go" only worked for a limited time, or in Vita's case, not at all.

The catch, however, is that Switch isn't selling for the same reason. For one, Switch is a hybrid console and sees plenty of use on TVs. About a quarter of the owners in America and Europe use it (almost) exclusively as a home console. Two, "console experience on the go" means something entirely different anyway. Switch is not about offering the PS or Xbox experience in portable form and the software sales should tell you as much. Switch is about the Nintendo experience, so new PS and Xbox consoles won't have an impact on Switch sales. And three, Switch's real selling point is that you can continue to play the game you started at home anywhere you like with no strings attached.

Sony and Microsoft (and Google) are moving in a direction where playing anywhere, anytime is a topic. Their solution is to use the internet for streaming. Nintendo's solution is much more convenient, so if multiple other companies push into that direction, the perceived value of Switch will actually rise.


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Mnementh (on 22 June 2019)

You might be right, I am not completely sure though. But as I said, the effects either way should be visible not too far in the future.


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Darwinianevolution (on 20 June 2019)

Just look at the Wii go! From a difference of a couple of million it reach a 10m gap in just around three weeks!


Coolback (on 21 June 2019)

Need to see only after the Switch's Third Xmas. After Xmas, Switch will have : SMM2, FE, LM3, Pokémon, Zelda, DxM, Astral Chain. And in End 2019 Switch have 3 possibilities : Switch Pro/Mini and the December's Game not announced for this moment.


Coolback (on 21 June 2019)

Need to see only after the Switch's Third Xmas. After Xmas, Switch will have : SMM2, FE, LM3, Pokémon, Zelda, DxM, Astral Chain. And in End 2019 Switch have 3 possibilities : Switch Pro/Mini and the December's Game not announced for this moment.


Amnesia (on 20 June 2019)

This fiscal year 2009, the Wii had sold 20,54M, and in 2008, 25,97M. I expect the switch do do nearly the same as the Wii for FY2019, then for FY2020 the Switch should destroy the Wii by 3-4M.


DialgaMarine (on 21 June 2019)

Honestly, I feel like with PS5 and NextBox on the horizon, the Switch will fall off sooner than the Wii did.