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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 October 2017 / 7,367 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: 573,593 – Switch

Total Lead: 3,200,165 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 6,078,757

Wii U Total Sales: 2,878,592

August 2017 is the 6th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 573,593 units when compared to the Wii U during the same timeframe. The Switch is currently ahead of the Wii U by 3.20 million units.

The Wii U launched in November 2012, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 6.08 million units, while the Wii U sold 2.88 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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10 Comments
Flilix (on 17 October 2017)

"I don't think the Switch will be able to outsell the Wii U. It will be dead on arrival."

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OTBWY (on 17 October 2017)

"The Switch will sell better than the WiiU, but only after 2-3 years".

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 17 October 2017)

The real question is now: Can the Switch beat the Wii U total number during it's first year or not?

The way it looks it very much could - if there's enough supply!

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OTBWY Bofferbrauer2 (on 17 October 2017)

That's the big one. I am of the opinion that it will sell 11 to 12 million first year, so just under.

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JEMC (on 17 October 2017)

That comparison gets more and more embarrassing each passing month.

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curl-6 (on 18 October 2017)

So much for all that "Switch will be Wii U 2" business

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Azuren (on 17 October 2017)

And this, my friends is what a "front loaded" console looks like. You see those Wii U numbers? You see how they just explode in the first two months and then... Nothing? That's what frontloaded looks like.

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TheBraveGallade (on 17 October 2017)

At this point we need a LTD comparison chart- hell the switch is handily beating the snot of of Xbone both in weekly sales and launch alighned.

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WagnerPaiva (on 17 October 2017)

Double the sales, very nice. And I guess it will have better legs as well. Probably a profit maker for Nintendo.

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160rmf (on 19 October 2017)

"Not enough games, another gimmick, not powerful enough, no AAA 3rd party games, pricey. Nintendo got in their hands another failure"
I could go all day with this...

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