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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - Gap Drops Below 1 Million in November 2020

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - Gap Drops Below 1 Million in November 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 15 December 2020 / 5,877 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 - Gap Shrinks to Below 1 Million in November 2020

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - Gap Shrinks to Below 1 Million in November 2020

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - Gap Shrinks to Below 1 Million in November 2020

Switch Vs. Wii Global:

Gap change in latest month: 2,971,872 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 6,609,171 - Switch

Total Lead: 953,330 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 70,920,531

Wii Total Sales: 71,873,861

November 2020 is the 45th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the Switch closed the gap by 2.97 million units when you align the launches of the two consoles. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by 6.61 million units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 0.95 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 45th month for the Nintendo Switch is November 2020 and for the Wii it is July 2010. The Switch has sold 70.92 million units, while the Wii sold 71.87 million units during the same timeframe. The Wii sold current Switch sales in month 44.

The Wii sold 101.63 million units worldwide during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 30.71 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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Slownenberg (on 15 December 2020)

As the mighty Wii starts to fade the Switch topples it next month and likely won't even get passed on the Wii's "next" holiday in a few months. As crazy successful as the Wii was for 3 years, it ain't got nothing on the Switch. Worst case scenario Switch is 3rd best selling video game system ever.

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NextGen_Gamer Slownenberg (on 15 December 2020)

Yeah, those numbers are just wowzers. If it somehow came to pass that in March, Nintendo releases both a Switch Pro AND Zelda BotW 2 (!!!) I am thinking another 30 million sold next year lol

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SvenTheTurkey Slownenberg (on 15 December 2020)

I think December is going to pretty much be the deciding factor on when the switch passes the Wii. Should be around 25 million more units after this month(December 2020). So it's likely the switch will pass the Wii around its 5th anniversary.

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dmillos32 Slownenberg (on 15 December 2020)

It should be a close call, but if the switch is able to replicate Dec 2019- April 2020, then it would make 12.5 million vs what the WII made in months (46-50) up to December (9.1 million + current lead). Replicating march and april should be near impossible, but overall I think the switch will be able to stay ahead permanently.

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Eagle367 (on 15 December 2020)

Well December for sure will be the month switch crosses and never looks back

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heavenmercenary01 (on 15 December 2020)

that slope is getting steeper and steeper over the weeks. would be weird if one week it ends up being parallel to the Y axis. XD

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HigHurtenflurst (on 15 December 2020)

Well this one is pretty much over... Next month Switch should be ahead by ~4 million. Interested to see how close Wii holiday will bring it back though (Switch will have to drop to 2019 level sales to avoid temporarily losing the lead)

Next 5 months for Wii it sold just over 10 million, so Switch needs to sell 11 million to keep the lead.

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VMCJonCarter (on 18 December 2020)

wonder how many fans own multiple switches

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holzi VMCJonCarter (on 19 December 2020)

I think it has more to do with the amount of Switches there can be per family compared to Wii. I think there were not a lot of families with more than one Wii. Having one Switch per Child is much more likely.

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siebensus4 (on 16 December 2020)

The cross in December is a given, but can Wii recross in March '21? Switch needs to sell 10M in the next 4 months to stay ahead. That's possible I think.

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SilenceDeadly (on 16 December 2020)

Wii is done, Switch will crush it and never look back.

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