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Switch vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – September 2019

Switch vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – September 2019 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 November 2019 / 4,025 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: 740,022 - NS

Gap change over last 12 months: 4,211,313 - Wii

Total Lead: 10,759,325 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 38,751,874

Wii Total Sales: 49,511,199

September 2019 is the 31st month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the Switch caught up with the Wii by 740,022 units. In the last 12 months the Wii has outsold the Switch by 4.21 million units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 10.76 million units.

The Wii launched in November 2006, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. The Switch has sold 38.75 million units, while the Wii sold 49.51 million units during the same timeframe.

The 31st month for the Nintendo Switch is September 2019 and for the Wii it is May 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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curl-6 (on 19 October 2019)

I still think Switch will have better legs than the Wii.
Wii basically got 4 years of support then was abandoned, Switch could last a lot longer if Nintendo's isn't stupid enough to replace it prematurely.

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The_Liquid_Laser curl-6 (on 19 October 2019)

I think the Switch will have extremely good legs, if for no other reason than Nintendo handhelds always have strong legs. For home consoles, the Wii has been Nintendo's only really successful one for a while, and it had an unusual sales trajectory. It burned brightly, but then it also burned OUT quickly. The sales curve for a typical successful Nintendo system looks like how their handhelds have sold. Handhelds always have strong legs, and likewise Switch will have strong legs.

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trunkswd curl-6 (on 19 October 2019)

I agree it will have better legs than the Wii. Especially with ALL Nintendo developers working on games for the system. In the past Nintendo devs were split between two platforms - 1 home console and 1 handheld.

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The_Liquid_Laser curl-6 (on 20 October 2019)

Yes, Nintendo will support it more, but also third party companies will support it more. Nintendo handhelds always get a lot of third party games. The Wii got a good chunk too, but I think it also it got more than the normal amount of shovelware. When Nintendo stopped supporting it, Just Dance kept driving sales, but that was basically the only game driving sales in the slightest. Right now Switch is getting lots of solid games, even if they are ports, there are definitely solid ports like DQ 11S and the Witcher 3 (and that is just in the last 30 days). Switch is getting much better support this time, so it will end up with longer legs than before.

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S.Peelman (on 20 October 2019)

Whopping 10.7M Wii lead, wow. If Switch beats it, it won’t be for a long while.

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aris4me (on 21 October 2019)

I think Switch ultimately surpass Wii

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imparanoic (on 21 October 2019)

switch will easily beat wii over time, esp with smaller switch lite, it's more than likely that some households will have 2 or more switches as it's portable over the next few years, but they won't have more than one wii, the 2 price levels will ensure switch over take wii within the next 12 months, longevity, i can't see switch being abandoned after 5 year of release unlike wii, maybe even sucessor for switch which is probably around 2022 or 2023 ( after 3rd literation of switch which is probably around 2021)

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HylianSwordsman (on 19 October 2019)

This holiday will determine if the graph continues as a series of roller coaster hills downwards, or if the Switch stands a chance of passing Wii. I think if by the end of the year the latest peak from Switch's 2019 holiday puts the gap closer than 2018's holiday did, or reverses the gap even briefly, Switch has a chance to beat Wii.

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trunkswd HylianSwordsman (on 19 October 2019)

It all depends on how much of a success the Switch Lite is this Holiday season. The handheld only Switch had a strong start.

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HylianSwordsman HylianSwordsman (on 19 October 2019)

Very true. The strong launch of the Lite is pretty much the only reason Switch started to close the gap this month.

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trunkswd HylianSwordsman (on 19 October 2019)

Sales for Switch roughly doubled during the launch week in the west and more than 4 times in Japan. It will likely be one of the hot items for parents to buy their kids for Christmas.

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HylianSwordsman HylianSwordsman (on 19 October 2019)

I honestly thought Switch's Japan sales were headed for above the Wii but below any of Nintendo's dedicated handhelds, but the Lite might change that, it seems to have really revitalized the Switch in Japan. It might stand a chance at reaching Nintendo-handheld-like numbers in Japan now.

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