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Switch vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – July 2019 Update

Switch vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – July 2019 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 06 September 2019 / 4,141 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: 427,608 - Wii

Gap change over last 12 months: 6,631,901 - Wii

Total Lead: 11,643,923 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 36,213,574

Wii Total Sales: 47,857,497

July 2019 is the 29th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the Wii has grew its lead by 427,608 units. In the last 12 months the Wii has outsold the Switch by 6.63 million units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 11.64 million units.

The Wii launched in November 2006, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. The Switch has sold 36.21 million units, while the Wii sold 47.86 million units during the same timeframe.

The 29th month for the Nintendo Switch is July 2019 and for the Wii it is March 2009.

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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Amnesia (on 26 August 2019)

The Wii is still eating the Switch, but a bit slower and slower.

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Mnementh (on 26 August 2019)

Oh, oh, the momentum looks so strong for Wii. No console can compete with this momentum. But we all know Wii burned bright, but also burned fast. The question is if Switch can live longer and eventually close that gap again. I think it might be possible, but we probably will not know for some time.

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Bofferbrauer2 Mnementh (on 26 August 2019)

I'm very sure Switch will have much longer legs than the Wii did. I mean, the Switch still didn't have a pricecut, is still selling very strongly and will get an updated and a lite version shortly. The Wii meanwhile had 3 truly superb years, one great year after those and tanked after that one. Unless Switch sales start to visibly go down next year, Switch will stop loosing ground next year and start catching up by it's holiday season.

With the new models coming in August and September, looking at the sales curve might get very interesting this fall and compare to last year, to see if they had some effect on the sales, and how much of it.

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ABizzel1 Mnementh (on 26 August 2019)

It really depends on how long Nintendo keeps the Switch around. Generally, Nintendo has been sticking to a 5 - 6 year lifecycle for their devices, which means the Switch will need a guaranteed 6-year life cycle (2023) for it to have a chance of catch the Wii based on current sales.

The Wii sold extremely well from Holiday 2006 - 2011, which means it had 5 years of great sales. 2011 was the year it dropped, but it still sold over 11m that year, whereas 2012 dropped to just over 5m units. So again it needs a minimum of a 6-year life-cycle to have a chance.

The problem is the Switch is the Wii U successor and unofficial successor of the 3DS, and so Nintendo will likely be looking at releasing a successor to the Switch as soon as the hardware is available and at an affordable enough price.

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ABizzel1 Mnementh (on 26 August 2019)

If they stay with NVIDIA then a "custom" (aka underclocked) Xavier (30w) / Orin (likely 30w) / of 7nm 2021 chip is probably their best bet. Underclocked Xaiver would be almost on par with a base Xbox One, underclocked Orin should be on par with a base PS4, and we have nothing to pull from the 7nm NVIDIA desktop GPUs since they won't release until 2020 at the earliest, which means the Tegra version won't release until 2021 at the earliest

Tegra X1 (Switch is an underclocked version of this Tegra)
Parker (X2) (50% more performance than Tegra X1 = Switch with 1080p mode)
Xavier (8-Core mobile CPU + GT 1030/750 Ti equivalent = XBO base model)
Orin (2019, allegedly 2x Xavier CPU, GTX 750 Ti/950 equivalent = PS4 base model)
7nm Tegra (should be released 2021, GTX 950/1050equivalent)
7nm 2nd gen Tegra (released 2023, GTX 1050ti equivalent)

Orin is probably the chip they'll go with. It will likely have an 8-core CPU with much better core performance than Xaiver and likely better than the XBO / PS4, which means it will be able to get PS5 / XB4 ports without too much change to the physics or needing a new engine. The GPU is also powerful enough to continue playing games in 720p @ stable fps, but most improtantly it will be cheap because NVIDIA will have phased the processor out in anticipation for their 2nd gen Tegra and Nintendo can score an amazing deal on the hardware being phased out.

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The_Liquid_Laser Mnementh (on 26 August 2019)

Nintendo handhelds always stay relevant for a long time. Even the 3DS, which peaked its first year, is still selling 8 years later. If that's what the 3DS can do, then imagine which the Switch can do, considering its sales are still accelerating.

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Bofferbrauer2 Mnementh (on 26 August 2019)

@ABizzel1: Nintendo already stated that they want to keep the Switch around longer than just 5-6 years. Sono, they rather upgrade the chip (like they did with the DSi and the New 3DS) than replace the Switch with something different.

As for what they're gonna use, Xavier and Orin are useless in a console as they are meant for deep learning and tailored for self-driving cars. The question is if NVidia will produce a custom Tegra just for Nintendo or not. If they do, expect it do come close to Xavier due to having a more modern GPU (Turing GTX instead of Pascal or Maxwell) and not being tailored for server/ai usage (like Volta does).

My expectation would thus be: Cortex A75 based CPU @~1.4 Ghz with up to 2 Ghz boost speed (The Cortex A75 is leaps above the Cortex A57 in the X1, at 1.4 Ghz it would already have more than twice the CPU power), Turing GTX based GPU with 384 Shader processors (Tegra X1 has 256) at around 500 Mhz in Handheld mode and 1 Ghz in desktop mode, manufactured in a 12 or 10 nm process and coming late next year or in 2021.

While these specs don't seem that impressive, one can't push them too high without risking overheating or draining the battery too fast. These specs are still enough to more than double the performance over the OG Switch nonetheless.

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Coolback (on 26 August 2019)

Switch with the new version, Lite and Pokémon can catch up the Wii.

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Bofferbrauer2 Coolback (on 26 August 2019)

Not yet, Wii is still in it's prime there. It should stop growing however coming next year, at least until the holiday season.

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