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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – Switch Closes the Gap in October 2020

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – Switch Closes the Gap in October 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 December 2020 / 3,870 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 US sales of the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Wii.

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – October 2020

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – October 2020

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – October 2020

Switch Vs. Wii US:

Gap change in latest month: 488,509 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 719,857 - Switch

Total Lead: 6,205,181 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 22,880,391

Wii Total Sales: 29,085,572

October 2020 is the 44th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in the US. During the latest month, the Switch caught up to the Wii when you align the launches by 488,509 units. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by 719,857 units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 6.21 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 July 2010. The Switch has sold 22.88 million units, while the Wii sold 29.09 million units during the same timeframe.

The Wii sold 41.70 million units in the US during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 18.82 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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3 Comments
Jumpin (on 07 December 2020)

What makes the Wii sales more impressive is that many more Switch owners are buying it for personal, rather than household use. Many forget just how manic the Wii era was. For years, people lining up in front of shops hours before dawn just for the chance that Wii shipments might have come in over night.

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SvenTheTurkey Jumpin (on 08 December 2020)

True. The mainstream appeal of the Wii was pretty massive. Not that the switch lacks mainstream appeal. But there was never a wii sports for the switch.

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Slownenberg Jumpin (on 09 December 2020)

Yeah Wii-mania in the US was absolutely nuts. It's telling that Switch is still so far behind the Wii in the US despite having a bonkers record-breaking year this year globally. The first like 3 years of Wii sales were simply unprecedented.

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