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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - May 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - May 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 July 2021 / 1,828 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 PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch, as well as with older platforms. 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.

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.

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - May 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - May 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - May 2021

Switch Vs. Wii Global:

Gap change in latest month: 557,838 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 11,285,968 - Switch

Total Lead: 3,388,469 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 86,323,860

Wii Total Sales: 82,935,391

May 2021 is the 51st month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the Switch grew its lead by 557,838 units when compared to the launch aligned sales of the Wii. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by 11.29 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the Wii by 3.39 million units.

The 51st month for the Nintendo Switch is May 2021 and for the Wii it is January 2011. The Switch has sold 86.32 million units, while the Wii sold 82.94 million units during the same timeframe. The Wii reached current Switch sales in month 57 where it sold 86.83 million units.

The Wii sold 101.63 million units worldwide during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 15.31 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
Mnementh (on 20 June 2021)

So, it is officially over. Wii didn't cross the line with it's holiday, so it will never overtake Switch again. That holiday was the last chance. Even with normal momentum Swithc is now on the path to beat Wii's next holiday, and Switch will have a holiday itself. As the Wii curve get's flatter from now on out, Switch should overtake Wii's lifetime soon, probably this holiday season.

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Darwinianevolution (on 20 June 2021)

So close, but the Wii didn't make it. Now the gap will just grow and grow.

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eddy7eddy (on 21 June 2021)

Is pretty impressive Switch will surpass Wii's Numbers without Slowing Down yet.

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SKMBlake (on 20 June 2021)

The most interesting race until last year, it's now over

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Greenfox (on 21 June 2021)

It looks set to overtake Wii with Christmas sales, and if the pace keeps up, it could catch Game Boy and PS4 by May-June 2022. Though certainly predicting Switch's pace is becoming more and more an extreme sport.

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Kakadu18 (on 20 June 2021)

The Switch will outsell the Wii in November or December.

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Amin_and_Azizah (on 22 June 2021)

The Switch is steamrolling the Wii month in and month out.

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