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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 April 2020 / 3,231 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: 147,647 - NS

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,018,531 - NS

Total Lead: 3,479,787 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 12,303,833

Wii Total Sales: 8,824,046

February 2020 is the 36th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the Switch increased its lead over the Wii by 147,647 units and by 3.02 million units in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the Wii by 3.48 million units.

The Wii launched in December 2006 in Japan, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. The Switch has sold 12.30 million units, while the Wii sold 8.82 million units during the same timeframe.

The 36th month for the Nintendo Switch is February 2020 and for the Wii it is November 2009.

The Wii sold 12.77 million units lifetime in Japan. The Switch needs to sell another 0.47 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 wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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11 Comments
Seece (on 24 March 2020)

Wow, Japan really loves Switch.

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Chicho (on 22 March 2020)

Japan is doing its part

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 22 March 2020)

I don't think Switch has the stocks to end this race this month due to the Coronavirus, but next month it will be over for sure.

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0.47 mil would be a hefty sum even without stock issues. I don't believe the Switch has pulled numbers like that outside the holiday season except perhaps when the Lite launched. Of course if any month could pull it off, it would be the one with Animal Crossing. A shame we won't get to see how strong the numbers potentially could have been.

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Bofferbrauer2 Bofferbrauer2 (on 22 March 2020)

Before the Coronavirus the Switch was pulling 80k+ per week, and with Animal crossing releasing, while barely, it could have done it.

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trunkswd Bofferbrauer2 (on 22 March 2020)

As long as the stock issue doesn't get worse, the Switch surpass the Wii in Japan sometime in April. Once the Switch tops the Wii in Japan I will no longer be doing this Gap Chart. Good timing as once the PS5 and Xbox Series X launch I will be doing a LOT more Gap Charts.

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Bofferbrauer2 Bofferbrauer2 (on 22 March 2020)

Is there a Switch vs DS in Japan chart?

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DS vs pretty much anything in Japan is a slaugther and as far as I know the 3DS is still ahead of the Switch launch aligned by quite a bit so that might be the more relevant one to look at for now. Not saying it couldn't be interesting though.

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TruckOSaurus Bofferbrauer2 (on 25 March 2020)

That 0.47m in one month suddenly seems very doable all of a sudden! 392k this week alone!

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Yep, it's over the Wii now in fact! Really didn't expect that many switches to even be in stock, but Nintendo pulled a magic trick and made it happen.

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