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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 January 2021 / 4,178 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 – Switch Closes the Gap in November 2020

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

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

Switch Vs. Wii US:

Gap change in latest month: 1,117,754 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 714,581 - Switch

Total Lead: 5,087,427 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 24,234,784

Wii Total Sales: 29,322,211

November 2020 is the 45th 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 1.12 million units. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by 714,581 units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 5.09 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 August 2010. The Switch has sold 24.23 million units, while the Wii sold 29.32 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 17.47 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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9 Comments
Bofferbrauer2 (on 04 January 2021)

After this holiday, it's practically over for the Wii, who will slow down considerably over the following year. After these holidays, the Wii only sold an additional 8M consoles, less than what it did this year alone. So the Switch will start catching up a lot over this year and get past the Wii next year and never look back.

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dmillos Bofferbrauer2 (on 04 January 2021)

Thank you for pointing this out, It seems like the switch sold about 12 million this year (but I am guessing based on the chart). So your comment seems to indicate that by this time next year this race could be pretty close.

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Kakadu18 dmillos (on 04 January 2021)

Based on the graphs I'd say the Switch sold roughly 7.5 million units in 2020 up to the end of November, so not 12 million even with December.

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dmillos Kakadu18 (on 04 January 2021)

Thanks kakadu18 for pointing this out, I went to the Hardware by date to double check this, https://www.vgchartz.com/tools/hw_date.php?reg=USA&ending=Yearly

It seems that currently with sales up to december 19th the switch has sold 8.9M so like you mentioned it will be far from the 12M I "saw".

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INCITATUSBR (on 04 January 2021)

Metroid and Zelda BOTW 2 releases will take care of boosting NS sales to surpass Wii.

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Kakadu18 (on 04 January 2021)

The Switch can still outsell the Wii.

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Darwinianevolution (on 04 January 2021)

The Wii is outselling the Switch, but the Switch only needs to outlast it to beat its sales in the long run.

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brute (on 04 January 2021)

Crazy how this is Switch's best year and its barely caught up to Wii. Shows that in the U.S even in 2010 Wii was a monster. Look at that upcoming holiday!
After that Switch should start to gain ground quickly. I'd say the second half of 2022 it should take the lead for good.

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