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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in Europe - Gap Drops Below 5M in November 2020

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in Europe - Gap Drops Below 5M in November 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 14 January 2021 / 2,817 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 Sales Comparison in Europe - Gap Drops Below 5M in November 2020

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in Europe - Gap Drops Below 5M in November 2020

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in Europe - Gap Drops Below 5M in November 2020

Switch Vs. Wii Europe:

Gap change in latest month: 940,259 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 457,127 - Switch

Total Lead: 4,711,602 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 18,755,970

Wii Total Sales: 23,467,572

November 2020 is the 45th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the Switch closed the gap by 940,259 units when you align the launches of it with the Wii. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by just 457,127 units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 4.71 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 45th month for the Nintendo Switch is November 2020 and for the Wii it is August 2010. The Switch has sold 18.76 million units, while the Wii sold 23.47 million units during the same timeframe. The Wii sold current Switch sales in month 37.

The Wii sold 33.88 million units in Europe during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 15.12 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
Mnementh (on 14 January 2021)

The upcoming holidays for Wii is the last big one. Switch won about 500K over 12 months, let's see how that changes once the next Wii holidays are through. With only 500K a year Switch would need 10 years to catch up. But the Wii slows down in the future. If Switch peaks later, then I see a chance that Switch catches the Wii in europe.

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SvenTheTurkey Mnementh (on 15 January 2021)

It's hard to say for sure. I think it's a better than 50/50 chance the switch outsells it. After this year the answer will be clearer. Depending on the games that come out in 2021, it could be the peak year. But if it's higher this year than last, it won't be by much.

Thinking the Switch won't be replaced until 2023 at the earliest. 2024 at the latest. So it has a pretty good shot.

Month 70 would be my prediction if it happens. Otherwise, I think it won't be possible.

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Marth (on 14 January 2021)

Gap is closing fast now

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Mnementh Marth (on 14 January 2021)

Well, currently Switch is in the holidays, Wii has it's holidays a bit later, because they launched at different times in the year. The 12-month gap change is a bit less than 500K in favor of the Switch.

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Real (on 14 January 2021)

Switch will do 40+ million in Europe well maybe

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