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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in Europe - March 2021

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 10 May 2021 / 2,569 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 - March 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in Europe - March 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in Europe - March 2021

Switch Vs. Wii Europe:

Gap change in latest month: 1,383,320 - Wii

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,951,190 - Switch

Total Lead: 5,039,635 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 21,612,346

Wii Total Sales: 26,651,981

March 2021 is the 49th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the Wii grew its lead by 1.48 million units when you align the launches of it with the Switch. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by just 1.95 million units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 5.04 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 49th month for the Nintendo Switch is March 2021 and for the Wii it is December 2010. The Switch has sold 21.61 million units, while the Wii sold 26.65 million units during the same timeframe. The Wii sold current Switch sales in month 39.

The Wii sold 33.88 million units in Europe during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 12.27 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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11 Comments
Bofferbrauer2 (on 10 May 2021)

Switch is still accelerating while the Wii visibly slows down a lot already. While the gap is substantial, I do think the Switch will close the gap next year (as in end of 2022) and pass the Wii, never looking back

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Kakadu18 Bofferbrauer2 (on 10 May 2021)

I think the Switch has a shot at 40mil in Europe.

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Bofferbrauer2 Kakadu18 (on 10 May 2021)

That will be tough, but it's not totally out of question, true. Last year there were ~7M Switch sold in Europe, and it looks like sales are up so far compared to last year. Another year with similar sales would set the Switch to ~27M, and from there it's not impossible to get to 40M.

That being said, I don't expect the Switch to sell like this forever, and it's not sure it will have the legs to get past 40M. But I think 35M are pretty much a given now unless the console sales come crashing down that long-prophesized cliff...

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Kristof81 (on 11 May 2021)

Well, that's the last big holiday for the Wii and definitely not the last one for the Switch

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Legit (on 11 May 2021)

Switch is catching up

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kopstudent89 (on 10 May 2021)

I think now's the time for the Switch to capitalise on. Pivotal year for the race in Europe

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Mnementh (on 10 May 2021)

This will be pretty close in the end. If the Switch can maintain it's momentum a bit longer it will pass the Wii, as this now is the last big holiday for Wii.

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gord352 (on 11 May 2021)

Interesting. I think Europe will be the 1 region where the Switch doesn't surpass the Wii. It would need a consistent and long life span to do so. Switch Pro will help but I don't know if it'll make up the difference.

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Alistair (on 10 May 2021)

Well the Wii had massive competition. The Switch doesn't, no Xbox or Sony portable, not even an Apple portable gaming machine yet... a corporate dream come true.

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Alistair Alistair (on 11 May 2021)

lol people downvoting basic facts, I said the Switch doesn't have any portable competition like a PSP etc.

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Kakadu18 Alistair (on 11 May 2021)

Oh well...

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