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Switch vs Wii U – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2017 Update

Switch vs Wii U – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2017 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 08 June 2017 / 42,360 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 U Global:

Gap change in latest month: 659,092 – Wii U

Total Lead: 1,329,647 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 3,488,881

Wii U Total Sales: 2,159,234

April 2017 is the 2nd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Wii U by 659,092 units. After two months the Switch is currently ahead of the Wii U by 1.33 million units.

The Wii U launched in November 2012, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 3.49 million units, while the Wii U sold 2.16 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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Pavolink (on 08 June 2017)

Go Switch

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Luke888 (on 08 June 2017)

Can't wait for this comparisson to be useless <.<

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trunkswd Luke888 (on 08 June 2017)

I don't plan on doing this comparison for very long, but I know some people will want to see it.

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Luke888 Luke888 (on 09 June 2017)

After the first year of the Switch has passed IF it manages to meet sales expectations it'd be interesting to see a chart like 1 month of Switch sales vs 3/4 months of Wii U sales

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DaveTheMinion13 (on 08 June 2017)

Weird cause nintendo reported 3 million after 45 days, fiscal period

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If you look at the source, it shows the data comes from the quarterly report. Those are sipped, not sold through. And they stayed on the shelves for a loooooong time, hence why Nintendo was forced to stop production entirely

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JWeinCom DaveTheMinion13 (on 08 June 2017)

Yeah. Nintendo had it at 3.06. That is shipped and not sold, but it's hard to imagine there were about a million Wii Us on the shelf.

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Possibly retailers expected a Wii-like success too and ordered the Wii U in large numbers, which where now collecting dust in the backrooms

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JWeinCom DaveTheMinion13 (on 08 June 2017)

Nobody expected Wii like success. I was working retail at the time. We were basically sold out through the holidays. Not like sold out constantly, but we'd get a batch and it would sell through in 5-6 days. Just one store obviously, but I'd be really surprised if there were that many unsold units.

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