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Nintendo Switch Outsells Wii in Japan

Nintendo Switch Outsells Wii in Japan - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 September 2020 / 4,142 Views

The Nintendo Switch has outsold the lifetime sales of the Nintendo Wii in Japan, according to our estimates.

The Nintendo Switch sold 394,379 units for the week ending March 21, 2020 to bring its lifetime sales to 12.81 million units in Japan. This compares to the Nintendo Wii with sales of 12.77 million units. The figure for the Switch includes the combined sales of the original Switch model and the Switch Lite.

The Switch launched in Japan on March 3, 2017, while the Wii launched on December 2, 2006. Nintendo stopped production of the Wii in Japan in October 2013.

Looking at global sales, Nintendo's hybrid console has sold 52.79 million units, while the Wii sold 101.63 million units lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 48.84 million units worldwide to outsell the Wii. The Switch in just over three years has sold 51.9 percent of the sales of the Wii.

Taking a look at sales in other regions, the Wii sold 41.70 million units in the US, compared to 18.01 million units for the Switch through March 21, 2020. In Europe, the Wii sold 33.88 million units and Switch has sold 13.85 million units.

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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tripenfall (on 25 March 2020)

What makes this interesting to me is that overall the Switch still needs almost 50 million more sales to beat Wii and yet it has passed it in Japan. It shows what a powerhouse the Switch is in the east but also shows how in Europe it isn't quite where Nintendo would want it to be....

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xMetroid tripenfall (on 27 March 2020)

It is growing in Europe tho, doing way better in the UK now than when it released.

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Wman1996 (on 27 March 2020)

The Famicom and Super Famicom were the only Nintendo home consoles to do really, really well in Japan. So this is pretty big. The hybrid factor really appeals to the Japanese market it seems, along with the rest of the world.

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siebensus4 (on 27 March 2020)

Switch's real challenger is the 3DS with 24M units sold in Japan. With 12M we have reached the halftime, just like the Wii global sales (52M vs. 101M).

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Zenos (on 26 March 2020)

That's quite a milestone. I guess the Switch' portability really boosted the sales over there.

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YanisFromFrance (on 25 March 2020)

There is an error *in Japan not in Europe

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