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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - Switch Closes the Gap in May 2020

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - Switch Closes the Gap in May 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 July 2020 / 3,770 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 Sales Comparison - Switch Closes the Gap in May 2020

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - Switch Closes the Gap in May 2020

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - Switch Closes the Gap in May 2020

Switch Vs. Wii Global:

Gap change in latest month: 180,194 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,099,144 - Switch

Total Lead: 8,652,720 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 57,517,946

Wii Total Sales: 66,170,666

May 2020 is the 39th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the Switch closed the gap by 180,194 units when you align the launches of the two consoles. In the last 12 months the Switch has outsold the Wii by 2,099,144 units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 8.65 million units.

The Wii launched in November 2006, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, which is why there are big increases and decreases.

The 39th month for the Nintendo Switch is May 2020 and for the Wii it is January 2010. The Switch has sold 57.52 million units, while the Wii sold 66.17 million units during the same timeframe.

The Wii sold 101.63 million units worldwide during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 44.11 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
trunkswd (on 09 June 2020)

This is still the same old Gap Charts I've been doing for years. However, talking with some of the staff we've come up with a new title that isn't as long and is more likely to bring in new readers.

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Bofferbrauer2 trunkswd (on 09 June 2020)

Sounds more professional that the old Gap Charts.

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trunkswd trunkswd (on 09 June 2020)

That is good to hear. The goal is not create click bait and misleading titles, but to grab your attention more.

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curl-6 (on 09 June 2020)

44 million left and Switch sold 21 million last FY. It's got this.

  • +6
Ninten78 curl-6 (on 09 June 2020)

I think it will outsell PS1

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Cobretti2 curl-6 (on 10 June 2020)

Scary thought, 3rd party games (well for me anyway) have been far more enjoyable on the Wii. Imagine the kind of growth Switch could have had if 3rd parties didn't release butchered half games on cart, half games to download. So many people who like 3rd party games and want the Switch to compliment their latest gen console or PC simply cause they can play their favourites on the go.

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S.Peelman (on 09 June 2020)

Switch isn't even that far behind. It's still amazing to see how Wii just flatlines after 4 years.

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Bofferbrauer2 S.Peelman (on 09 June 2020)

Sales will start to drop hard during this year; they start very high but drop more than 50% over the course of 6 months. Until June the Wii will be able to compete with the Switch, but after that, the Switch will start to catch up and then sail away.

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RolStoppable S.Peelman (on 09 June 2020)

The Wii's line doesn't get flat until after year 5. Crossing point of the two lines will occur during month 56-58, so that's still a long way away.

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Ryng (on 11 June 2020)

prepare your ass Wii

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siebensus4 (on 09 June 2020)

We could see a cross during the holidays this year.

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