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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – February 2021

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 April 2021 / 4,151 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 – February 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – February 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – February 2021

Switch Vs. Wii US:

Gap change in latest month: 363,332 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,614,701 - Switch

Total Lead: 2,805,466 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 27,364,228

Wii Total Sales: 30,169,694

February 2021 is the 48th 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 363,332 units. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by 1.61 million units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 2.81 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 48th month for the Nintendo Switch is February 2021 and for the Wii it is November 2010. The Switch has sold 27.36 million units, while the Wii sold 30.17 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 14.34 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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7 Comments
SvenTheTurkey (on 31 March 2021)

Switch takes the lead in its holiday this year. Wii retakes the lead with its holiday. Switch passes it in early to mid 2022. Keeps the lead. Something like that?

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HigHurtenflurst SvenTheTurkey (on 01 April 2021)

Sounds about right, month 60 looks to be just over 36m for Wii, so Switch sales of ~10 million for 2021 would do it.

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SvenTheTurkey HigHurtenflurst (on 01 April 2021)

Yeah that's what I was thinking. Right around 10 million for the year will pretty much end this contest. Other than the Wii having a short comeback.

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Mnementh (on 01 April 2021)

Next up the Wii holidays, we will have to see how much it sets the Switch back. But I think the gap will be smaller than last Wii holidays. Also Switch January and February numbers beat the Wiis late year numbers before the holidays, which already shows great momentum and indicates that after the holidays Switch will keep on closing that gap.

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DaAndy (on 01 April 2021)

Wait... Switch sold more in February 2021 than Wii did in its last big November 2010? Holy... Wii was 860k in Nov 2010. (NPD numbers)

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kenjab DaAndy (on 01 April 2021)

I think that's a misprint. The 48th month for the Wii would have been October 2010, not November

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DaAndy kenjab (on 02 April 2021)

oh yes, you are right.

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