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Switch vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020

Switch vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 May 2020 / 4,053 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.

This monthly series compares the aligned worldwide sales of the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Wii.

Switch vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020

Switch vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020

Switch vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020

Switch Vs. Wii Global:

Gap change in latest month: 6,183,651 - Wii

Gap change over last 12 months: 507,499 - Switch

Total Lead: 9,563,714 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 55,084,445

Wii Total Sales: 64,648,159

April 2020 is the 38th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the Wii grew its lead over the Switch by 6.18 million units when you align the launches of the two consoles. In the last 12 months the Switch has outsold the Wii by just 507,499 units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 9.56 million units.

The Wii launched in November 2006, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. Therefore the holiday periods for the two consoles don’t lineup, which is why there are big increases and decreases. The Switch has sold 55.08 million units, while the Wii sold 64.65 million units during the same timeframe.

The 38th month for the Nintendo Switch is April 2020 and for the Wii it is December 2009.

The Wii sold 101.63 million units worldwide during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 46.55 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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20 Comments
super_etecoon (on 18 May 2020)

I love how the graph shows the future sales of the Wii as well. Great job!

  • +13
trunkswd super_etecoon (on 18 May 2020)

That was a suggestion from the community last month. It is something I never thought of doing, but it adds a lot to the Gap Charts to show people how well the older console has sold.

  • +14

@trunkswd It would be great to have year markers too. And markers for holiday seasons. Keep up the good work!

  • +1

@trunkswd I think one of those suggestions was from me. :) Great to see this site always responds to suggestions when it can.

  • +1
trunkswd super_etecoon (on 18 May 2020)

I'm all for suggestions on improvements to the site and all the original sales articles I write.

  • +6
SKMBlake (on 19 May 2020)

Love the last graph, it gives the whole picture

  • +9
trunkswd SKMBlake (on 19 May 2020)

I agree it is a nice addition. Have to thank some people from the community making the suggestion.

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 19 May 2020)

Let the catch-up begin!

  • +2
siebensus4 (on 19 May 2020)

There's a chance that Switch will take the lead during holidays this year. It depends a bit on the forthcoming games and hardware shortages.

  • +1
aikohualda (on 18 May 2020)

I wish graph shows when is switch and wii holiday season

  • +1
Podings (on 21 May 2020)

Top chart seems mislabeled.
It says "Wii lead" but shows the Switch lead. :3 Or, the lack thereof.
BUT! Let's see how the Switch's fourth holiday season fares.

The Wii's (and the DS's) momentum began petering out around that time, but right now, Nintendo has a stronger hold than ever of the market with the Switch. :X

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Amnesia (on 18 May 2020)

This graph makes me skeptical again on the idea that the Switch can reach 120 M.

  • -2
trunkswd Amnesia (on 18 May 2020)

Wii sales were fairly frontloaded compared to most video game consoles. PS4 was a fair amount behind the Wii when you align the launches, but PS4 has had stronger legs and has now sold 10 million units more than the Wii, and counting.

  • +12
SKMBlake Amnesia (on 19 May 2020)

It actually make me more optimistic, since the Wii reaches a plateau way early, in its 5th year, while the Switch doesn't seem to be stoppable at this point

  • +1
Amnesia Amnesia (on 19 May 2020)

Just wait a bit when the Switch will look TWO gen retarded compared to the 2 other guys.

  • -2
RolStoppable Amnesia (on 19 May 2020)

Yup, once Switch is two generations behind, it will turn out that PS and Xbox consoles are still incapable of running Nintendo games. I wonder how the market will react to that.

  • +3
JWeinCom Amnesia (on 19 May 2020)

@Amnesia I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, especially since I don't know if English is your first language, but in the future do not use the word retarded.

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JWeinCom Amnesia (on 19 May 2020)

To clarify, I didn't mention English perhaps not being your first language to insult you or imply that your English is bad. I just noticed that your profile says you're from Hungary, and maybe you're not fully aware of what words may be considered offensive.

  • +1
SKMBlake Amnesia (on 20 May 2020)

@JWeinCom: he has amnesia

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