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Switch vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – October 2018 Update

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 December 2018 / 5,525 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: 1,000,936 - Wii

Gap change over last 12 months: 5,381,450 - Wii

Total Lead: 7,336,926 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 21,575,610

Wii Total Sales: 28,912,536

October 2018 is the 20th 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 1,000,936 units in the last month and by 5.38 million units in the last 12 months. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 7.34 million units.

The Wii launched in November 2006, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. The Switch has sold 21.58 million units, while the Wii sold 28.91 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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SuperNintend0rk (on 03 December 2018)

Regardless of the current sales gap, I think it's too early to predict whether or not the Switch will outsell the Wii since its sales plummeted after the first 4 years, which is not typical of the average console. I think the Switch will have better legs long term.

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CosmicSex SuperNintend0rk (on 04 December 2018)
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SuperNintend0rk SuperNintend0rk (on 04 December 2018)

Nintendo's portables haven't been nearly as front loaded and with the Switch acting as a successor to the 3DS, 100 million is certainly possible.

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The_Liquid_Laser SuperNintend0rk (on 04 December 2018)

I agree with SuperNintend0rk. I tend to think Switch sales will increase next year, and continue to sell strong for the rest of it's life. After the 4 year mark the Switch will definitely be closing the gap between it and the Wii.

As for this statement, "Nintendo is always front loaded", that is actually not true. Some of their consoles are front loaded and some have a very healthy tail.

Front loaded: N64, Gamecube, Wii, Wii U
Healthy tail end: NES, SNES, Gameboy, GBA, DS, 3DS

60% of the time, Nintendo has a very healthy tail. And it is not a coincidence that all of these consoles had good third party support. Switch already has a ton of third party games with a lot more on the way. It is clear that Switch is going to get the same kind of third party support that it's handhelds always get (or better). This kind of support always leads to a strong tail end. Just look at the 3DS, it still is selling and it still has games slated for 2019. That is what we should expect from the Switch too.

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SuperNintend0rk SuperNintend0rk (on 04 December 2018)

I agree with you 100%. I couldn't have said it better myself!

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The_Liquid_Laser (on 04 December 2018)

Switch sales are below what it should be trending at, because Nintendo didn't release any strong titles this year until the holidays. Give the console at least 12 more months and then we'll a curve that is more indicative of it's lifetime sales.

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DaAndy (on 03 December 2018)

Well... June 2008 Wii -vs- October 2018 Switch and Wii wins by 1 Million. To be exactly thats 1.8 Million Wii -vs- 800k Switch.
In 2 Months Wii is at 31,765,472 Units (+2.8 million Units in two summer month^^ - week ending Sept 6th 2008). So Switch would need to sell ~10 Million in November and December to get back to Wii levels. Obviously this will not happen, but I assume at least something like 5-7 Million (probably rather at the upper edge) for these both month. And basically that would mean Switch is NOT far below Wii even if it looks like that right now. It is then at about 27.5Million (assuming 6 Million) -vs- 31.8 Million, so its still ~86% of Wii.
Its not that bad at all.

For comparison: Wii lead against PS4 was ~6 Million at Month 22!

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DialgaMarine (on 03 December 2018)

80 - 85 million LT would be my guess.

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