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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in Europe - January 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in Europe - January 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 08 March 2021 / 3,468 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 - January 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in Europe - January 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in Europe - January 2021

Switch Vs. Wii Europe:

Gap change in latest month: 100,665 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,100,067 - Switch

Total Lead: 3,226,528 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 20,714,451

Wii Total Sales: 23,940,979

January 2021 is the 47th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the Switch closed the gap by 100,665 units when you align the launches of it with the Wii. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by just 1.10 million units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 3.23 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 47th month for the Nintendo Switch is January 2021 and for the Wii it is October 2010. The Switch has sold 20.71 million units, while the Wii sold 23.94 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 13.17 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
javi741 (on 08 March 2021)

It is comeback time. The Wii will be winding down quickly from here on out while the Switch will still be hot because of a late peak. Also, the momentum in Europe for the Switch will still stay strong once the Switch starts getting price cuts which affect Europe a lot more since the Switch in some countries is more expensive than in the U.S retail price. Also, Switch revisions are likely to come. I think it is more likely we see the Switch outsell the Wii and maybe get to 40 Million in Europe.

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SvenTheTurkey javi741 (on 09 March 2021)

The price cuts are definitely a trick nintendo has up their sleeve. I think we're still a year away. March 2021.

The switch should eventually outsell the Wii in europe though. The global sales are going to be passed probably before the price cut.

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kopstudent89 (on 08 March 2021)

According the aligned time frame, this will be the Wii's last big holiday season and year. Whereas the Switch has all the momentum going for it now. It's quite an interesting battle!

Also shocked to see that Europe is the Wii's stronghold in the battle against the Switch. I didn't expect that

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Elputoxd kopstudent89 (on 08 March 2021)

I can't speak for other countries but the Wii was HUGE in Spain at the least, I can guarantee that.

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