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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - March 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - March 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 May 2021 / 2,916 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 worldwide sales of the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Wii.

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - March 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - March 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - March 2021

Switch Vs. Wii Global:

Gap change in latest month: 231,249 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 10,146,132 - Switch

Total Lead: 6,736,869 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 82,927,448

Wii Total Sales: 76,190,579

March 2021 is the 49th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the Switch has grown its lead by 231,249 units when compared to the launch aligned sales of the Wii. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by 10.15 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the Wii by 6.74 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 49th month for the Nintendo Switch is March 2021 and for the Wii it is November 2010. The Switch has sold 82.93 million units, while the Wii sold 76.19 million units during the same timeframe. The Wii sold current Switch sales in month 51.

The Wii sold 101.63 million units worldwide during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 18.70 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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19 Comments
Doctor_MG (on 20 April 2021)

Annnnnnnnd it's over. Month 50 was the last chance wii stood at getting the paths to cross one more time, but the Switch sold enough to keep it head of that. Switch will remain ahead from here on out and outsell it by the end of the year.

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SvenTheTurkey Doctor_MG (on 20 April 2021)

Yeah. I was going to say should we call it? It's extremely unlikely the switch will fall behind again and likely it will outsell the Wii within a year if not by the end of 2021.

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Apkopf (on 20 April 2021)

Huh I know march was big for the switch but I did not expect that it would beat out wii november 2010

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Bofferbrauer2 Apkopf (on 20 April 2021)

At the time black Friday wasn't nearly that big and most sales by far and wide still happened in December. Compare that to these days, where Sony and Microsoft generally have bigger Novembers than Decembers, and even for the Switch November sales are creeping closer to December sales

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Apkopf Bofferbrauer2 (on 20 April 2021)

I guess I mainly look at the year in general when it comes to the older generations and not really the patterns that much so that is interesting to know.

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xMetroid Bofferbrauer2 (on 20 April 2021)

It is still pretty impressive for March to beat Wii's November when it had one last good holiday tbh.

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moschefenty (on 20 April 2021)

DS vs Switch PLIIISS

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Chicho moschefenty (on 20 April 2021)

Switch is doing well, but not that well

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eddy7eddy Chicho (on 21 April 2021)

Haven't you seen the last Switch vs DS Comparisons?

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Themarioguy eddy7eddy (on 21 April 2021)

I think the Switch vs DS is a great comparison alongside the PS3 and Xbox 360 as those are the two comparisons where the winner has not been clearly decided yet.

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eddy7eddy Themarioguy (on 21 April 2021)

Yeah thats true.
I would love to see 360+PS3 vs Switch.

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javi741 (on 20 April 2021)

Well it's officially completely over from here on out. The Wii's last chance to outpace Switch sales temporarily was this holiday season but seems like it fell just short to the crazy selling Switch. The Switch will continue to rapidly expand its lead going forward and will never look back.

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SKMBlake (on 20 April 2021)

Okay I start to believe that cliff will never actually occur.

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Ljink96 SKMBlake (on 20 April 2021)

Just hold out a little while longer. That cliff will show up any day now...

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Kakadu18 SKMBlake (on 20 April 2021)

The Switch is climbing the cliff.

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icykai SKMBlake (on 21 April 2021)

It did, just upside down

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Themarioguy (on 21 April 2021)

I think its time the Switch starts getting compared to the PS3 and Xbox 360 like the PS4 did. I made a chart about it and the Switch is competing against it extremely competitively.

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Kakadu18 Themarioguy (on 21 April 2021)

You mean Switch vs. PS3 and Xbox 360 combined?

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DaAndy Themarioguy (on 26 April 2021)

Month 49 (March): Switch Total Sales: 82,927,448 ---------- Month 50 (December): Total Combined PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Sales: 84,145,976 (for Month 49 there was no gap chart news PS4+XBO -vs- PS3+X360, where I took the numbers from)

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