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Switch vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – May 2018 Update

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 July 2018 / 6,680 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: 800,622 - Wii

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,197,394 - Wii

Total Lead: 3,648,713 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 17,333,798

Wii Total Sales: 20,982,511

May 2018 is the 15th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the Wii has grown its lead over the Switch. The Wii outsold the Switch by 800,622 units in the last month and by 3.20 million units in the last 12 months. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 3.65 million units.

The Wii launched in November 2006, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. The Switch has sold 17.33 million units, while the Wii sold 20.98 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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Mr.GameCrazy (on 26 June 2018)

This is interesting to watch.

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Mnementh (on 26 June 2018)

It certainly looks like Switch currently can't match the momentum of the Wii. Sure, holidays are out of sync for both and the next holidays are in favor of the Switch. But looking at the different momentum the Wii might have built enough lead as the next holidays come. On the other hand.... Pokemon... We'll see.

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DialgaMarine (on 26 June 2018)

I think it’s safe to say Switch won’t be beating Wii.

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AlbiNecroxz DialgaMarine (on 26 June 2018)

You can't say that because Switch had only one christmas holiday, while the Wii had two

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Supermario28 DialgaMarine (on 26 June 2018)

With Smash and Pokemon next Chistmas we could look at some serious numbers for the Switch. Maybe Enough to close the gap.

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gemini_d@rk DialgaMarine (on 26 June 2018)

Getting 3ds is fine.

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xMetroid DialgaMarine (on 26 June 2018)

It might surpass the Wii again this christmas or will atleast shrink the gap a lot. Then Wii will take it again. Wii was well over the PS4 at some point but we all know PS4 will surpass it in the long run, so saying Switch will never surpass the Wii cause it's behind a console that had 2 christmas.. that's pretty negative.

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DialgaMarine DialgaMarine (on 26 June 2018)

Switch is just above 3DS in aligned sales. 3DS recieved all the games people are boasting about coming to Switch, yet it still failed to keep ahead of PS4, despite launching 2 1/2 years earlier. Switch will do around 85 million LT, is my prediction

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PAOerfulone DialgaMarine (on 26 June 2018)

What you failed to mention was that the 3DS was selling for $170 after it was selling far below Nintendo's expectations at $250, just 4-5 months after launch, meanwhile the Switch is still selling at $300. The price is almost 2:1 and yet the Switch is outpacing the 3DS. What does that say about the system's legs and long term prospects.
Also, Wii sales dropped like a bad habit after 2010. It had an incredible peak, but its legs were very lackluster. So, the Switch is lagging behind it right now because it is now going up against the Wii's peak year, 2008. The Wii sold 24,188,263 units that year. Not even the PS4 was able to reach that level in one year and it never will. But, it's a forgone conclusion that the PS4 will pass it in total.
This is not a sprint, it is a marathon.

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Bofferbrauer2 DialgaMarine (on 26 June 2018)

Don't forget that the 3DS already got a big pricecut while the Switch didn't. And yet, Switch is consistently outselling the 3DS. So unless Switch falls of a cliff somewhere it will do much better than the 3DS

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DialgaMarine DialgaMarine (on 26 June 2018)

All this whining and not one explanation as to what Switch will have that 3DS didn’t. DS launches at $150, and 3DS was still outpacing it at launch, yet no amount of price drops and games could get it even close. Just like 3DS and Wii, Switch will drop like a rock. The only reason it had such a great first year is because it cannibalized the Wii U, and recieved what would’ve been Wii U’s best end-of-the-gen titles.

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Bofferbrauer2 DialgaMarine (on 26 June 2018)

Whining? Read again, because we are explaining exactly where you got it wrong. As what the Switch has what the 3DS didn't: No massive pricecut, and yet the Switch is still outselling the 3DS despite it still being at it's base price. It has stronger first and second party support since no need to split the games among platforms anymore, much more renowned third party games than any Nintendo console since the SNES, much better Ads than during the 3DS/Wii U era with a clear message.
Now if you consider all that whining and not an explanation, rest assured I will consider your posts as just whining about the success of the Switch and that you just can't take it

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PAOerfulone DialgaMarine (on 27 June 2018)

Additionally, when the DS came out, the overall landscape of the video game market was a completely different animal from what it was today, especially the handheld market.
Back then, there was no such thing as mobile gaming or smartphone gaming. The audience that is currently making up that sub-market of gaming was on the DS and PSP. Since the first iPhone came out in 2007, smartphones have slowly chipped away at the dedicated handheld market to the point where it is at now. There was a combined total of 235 million DS and PSP units sold in 7th generation, that number dropped drastically to 88 million 3DS and Vita units in the 8th generation. Because smartphones were a much more convenient method and way of gaming for that casual audience then buying a dedicated gaming handheld. That's one of the biggest reasons why Nintendo went the hybrid route with the Switch, to make a dedicated gaming handheld that could be comparable to home consoles and operate like a home console in terms of graphical & technical capabilities and convenience to distinguish it from smartphones.

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