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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - Switch Closes Gap By Over 1 Million in October

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - Switch Closes Gap By Over 1 Million in October - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 11 November 2020 / 3,391 Views

The VGChartz sales comparison series of articles are updated monthly and each one focuses on a different sales comparison using our estimated video game hardware figures. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation platforms, as well as comparisons within the 8th generation. There are articles based on our worldwide estimates, as well as the US, Europe, and Japan.

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 By Over 1 Million in October 2020

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - Switch Closes the Gap By Over 1 Million in October 2020

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - Switch Closes the Gap By Over 1 Million in October 2020

Switch Vs. Wii Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,342,965 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 7,026,001 - Switch

Total Lead: 3,509,602 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 67,766,535

Wii Total Sales: 71,276,137

October 2020 is the 44th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the Switch closed the gap by 1.34 million units when you align the launches of the two consoles. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by 7.03 million units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 3.51 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 44th month for the Nintendo Switch is October 2020 and for the Wii it is June 2010. The Switch has sold 67.77 million units, while the Wii sold 71.27 million units during the same timeframe. The Wii sold current Switch sales in month 42.

The Wii sold 101.63 million units worldwide during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 33.86 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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12 Comments
Fight-the-Streets (on 11 November 2020)

Let's stop counting! The Wii has won by a large margin if we we only consider the legal sales, every sale of Nintendo Switch from now on are just black market sales, their not legal and therefore don't count. Signed, Donald J. Trump

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Kristof81 Fight-the-Streets (on 12 November 2020)

Lol. You made my day. Thanks

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tripenfall Fight-the-Streets (on 12 November 2020)

You win the internet today...

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Mnementh (on 11 November 2020)

Wow, so close. The Wii has it's last big holidays, this will be very close after the holidays for Wii come in.

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xMetroid (on 11 November 2020)

Switch should be at around 80 millions at month 46, so it will go past the Wii a lot. It would need to sell like 4 millions in the Jan-May period to keep the ground. So pretty sure the Switch will remain above the Wii starting this holiday.

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Amnesia (on 12 November 2020)

When is coming the graph Switch vs DS ...

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Slownenberg (on 11 November 2020)

Switch is gonna absolutely blow by the Wii the next two months! Wii might not even temporarily catch up after it's next holiday season, and after that the Wii is in Switch's dust for good.

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DaAndy (on 11 November 2020)

The Switch Total sales graph from Month 36 on looks just amazing^^

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kopstudent89 (on 13 November 2020)

Wow.. Switch is gonna pass Wii this holidays. Incredible!

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TheBraveGallade (on 12 November 2020)

"on your left"

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Stuart23 (on 11 November 2020)

Soooooo...Switch will surpass on the holiday, right?

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siebensus4 (on 12 November 2020)

According to the gap curve support/resistance we can expect a +2M lead for Switch in January and a pullback to -2M after Wii's holiday.

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