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Switch vs Wii in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – January 2020

Switch vs Wii in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – January 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 21 February 2020 / 3,335 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 Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 514,892 - NS

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,991,118 - NS

Total Lead: 3,332,140 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 12,027,627

Wii Total Sales: 8,695,487

January 2020 is the 35th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the Switch increased its lead over the Wii by 514,892 units and by 2.99 million units in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the Wii by 3.33 million units.

The Wii launched in December 2006 in Japan, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. The Switch has sold 12.03 million units, while the Wii sold 8.70 million units during the same timeframe.

The 35th month for the Nintendo Switch is January 2020 and for the Wii it is October 2009.

The Wii sold 12.77 million units lifetime in Japan. The Switch needs to sell another 0.74 million units to outsell the Wii.

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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HylianSwordsman (on 22 February 2020)

I'm beginning to think the continued excellent sales in Japan for Switch aren't just the Lite not being out of stock, but the Lite being more popular altogether. Look at that curve for Switch on the lower graph. Clear periods for the holidays until the release of the Lite, but now things have kicked into a higher gear and the slope of the curve is almost as high as earlier holidays, in spite of the coronavirus issues, and on the upper graph Wii's holiday is but a dent in Switch's climb. Something has changed for Switch in Japan, and I think it's just that they love the Switch Lite. That extra little bit of portability is all it needed to really take off in Japan it seems.

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TheBraveGallade HylianSwordsman (on 22 February 2020)

less so the portability, more on the price point.
200$ was expensive for a portable when 3ds/vita launched (hence low sales on the first 6 months and nintendo slashing price to 120 while vita couldn't and died), but adjusted for inflation(200 in 2011 is 170$ now) and the fact that more people spend more money on tech(ergo, flagship phones costing 1k) means that 200 is far more resoanable for a handheld then before

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Eagle367 HylianSwordsman (on 24 February 2020)

I would wait for the stock issues to clear before making that judgement. I still think the base model will continue to be the dominant model throughout it's lifetime

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 22 February 2020)

By end of March, Switch should have outsold Wii LT sales in Japan.

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