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Switch vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – November 2018 Update

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 January 2019 / 4,649 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: 1,921,420 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,919,345 - Wii

Total Lead: 5,339,506 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 24,917,910

Wii Total Sales: 30,257,416

November 2018 is the 21st month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the Switch has closed the gap by 1.92 million units. However, in the last 12 months the Wii has outsold the Switch by 3.92 million units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 5.34 million units.

The Wii launched in November 2006, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. The Switch has sold 24.92 million units, while the Wii sold 30.26 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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00Xander00 (on 04 January 2019)

I can't wait to see what this comparison will be like when the Switch is at it's 24th month because there is still the Switch's 2nd Christmas period to add to it's sales whereas the Wii had its first 2 Christmas's before it's 21st month.

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Kristof81 00Xander00 (on 05 January 2019)

Add next week data to it and this gap shrinks down to 4.4M. I expect 3M or so gap after December. Saying that, I don't see Switch outselling the Wii anytime soon. Wii in its "quiet period" used to push 400k units per week. So unless we see that kind of numbers between January and April, it's not going to happen.

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Mnementh (on 04 January 2019)

This will be an interesting ongoing comparison. Wii lost a bit of sales in 2009 compared to 2008, not much but a bit. Switch will probably gain momentum in 2019. After 2009 the Wii starts to drop. So the comparison could skew more in favor of the Switch - depending on the longevity of the system. This will be most interesting in 2020 when the new consoles of the competition are launching.

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zygote (on 05 January 2019)

That 20-21 increase actually corresponds to the slight 8-9 increase of the prior year. If this is proportionate, then the 21-22 increase for Switch may show massive here. Also if you notice the system continued to rise from 10-13 at an increased rate, if this trend also becomes proportionate, then the Switch may be right back up and above the Wii by March.

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Kerotan (on 05 January 2019)

That's quite the lead for the Wii

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Amnesia (on 04 January 2019)

Next spot on this curve will make the switch slightly ahead.

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Eagle367 Amnesia (on 04 January 2019)

Hopefully because 10-12mil were sold in December and I don't know how Wii sold in that month but it's very likely

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RolStoppable Amnesia (on 04 January 2019)

Switch won't be ahead in the next update. Wii sold at a pace of ~1.5m per month, so Switch would have to sell 7m this December to be ahead. Around 6m would be about as good as it can get though.

@Eagle367: You must be mixing up that 10-12m figure with predicted Switch sales for the whole holiday quarter, because December alone definitely won't be close to 10m.

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SuperNintend0rk Amnesia (on 04 January 2019)

AFAIK no console has ever come close to selling 10m in one month.

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