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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – Wii Lead Shrinks in December 2020

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – Wii Lead Shrinks in December 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 February 2021 / 4,141 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 – Wii Lead Shrinks in December 2020

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – Wii Lead Shrinks in December 2020

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – Wii Lead Shrinks in December 2020

Switch Vs. Wii US:

Gap change in latest month: 1,841,648 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 809,383 - Switch

Total Lead: 3,244,779 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 26,340,217

Wii Total Sales: 29,584,996

December 2020 is the 46th 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 1.84 million units. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by 809,383 units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 3.24 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 46th month for the Nintendo Switch is December 2020 and for the Wii it is September 2010. The Switch has sold 26.34 million units, while the Wii sold 29.58 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 15.36 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
HigHurtenflurst (on 01 February 2021)

Switch still has a ways to go to beat Wii in USA (& Europe too)
That said, the gap change over the last 12 months manages to be in Switch favour despite it including the Wii's best holiday period, December 2009 for Wii being the most any hardware has sold in a month ever in US.

This one should be most interesting in about 12-18 months time.

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SvenTheTurkey HigHurtenflurst (on 01 February 2021)

Yeah. Switch only needs to sell about 15 million more in the US. If this year is similar to last in terms of sales, we might have our answer in about 2 years.

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Mar1217 (on 02 February 2021)

The Switch technically only needed 5 months to cut the Wii's lead in half. And looking at this last fiscal quarter, I'm expecting it to snatch another part of the lead until it becomes dust by the next Fall.

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