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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – January 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – January 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 March 2021 / 3,662 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 – January 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – January 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – January 2021

Switch Vs. Wii US:

Gap change in latest month: 75,981 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 932,336 - Switch

Total Lead: 3,168,798 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 26,721,697

Wii Total Sales: 29,890,495

January 2021 is the 47th 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 75,981 units. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by 932,336 units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 3.17 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 47th month for the Nintendo Switch is January 2021 and for the Wii it is October 2010. The Switch has sold 26.72 million units, while the Wii sold 29.89 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 14.98 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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4 Comments
Real (on 24 February 2021)

Oh new Logo

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HigHurtenflurst (on 24 February 2021)

I think 47th month for Wii was September not October.

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Poweranimals HigHurtenflurst (on 24 February 2021)

Yeah, that's technically correct. Although the Wii did release later in November so I'm not sure how they're counting it.

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SvenTheTurkey (on 24 February 2021)

14 million to go. I think the switch has a pretty good chance. I would almost say it's a sure thing, but it's hard to say for sure yet. Two years like 2020 would do it. But as long as they don't replace it until late 2024 or early 2025, the switch should have it.

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