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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in Europe - Switch Closes Gap in October 2020

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in Europe - Switch Closes Gap in October 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 05 December 2020 / 2,802 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 European sales of the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Wii.

Switch Vs. Wii Europe:

Gap change in latest month: 547,229 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 585,091 - Switch

Total Lead: 5,475,861 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 17,824,189

Wii Total Sales: 23,300,050

October 2020 is the 44th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the Switch closed the gap by 547,229 units when you align the launches of it with the Wii. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by just 585,091 units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 5.48 million units.

The Wii launched in December 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 July 2010. The Switch has sold 17.82 million units, while the Wii sold 23.30 million units during the same timeframe. The Wii sold current Switch sales in month 36.

The Wii sold 33.88 million units in Europe during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 16.06 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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5 Comments
HigHurtenflurst (on 05 December 2020)

Do you do one of these with NS vs Wii for USA or Americas too?

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Darwinianevolution (on 06 December 2020)

The Switch should be able to overtake the Wii in two years if things keep going at this rate, maybe sooner.

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Why wouldn't switch sales fall off a similar cliff?

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@Robert_Downey_Jr. Unless Nintendo replaces the Switch soon, Nintendo handhelds keep their momentum much better than their home console counterparts, plus the Wii burned bright at the end and slowed down faster than most consoles, so it's not weird to see the regular Switch's momentum overcome the slowing Wii sales.

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Robert_Downey_Jr. (on 06 December 2020)

Do one for DS too please.

  • +1