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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – May 2021

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 10 July 2021 / 2,820 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 US 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 in the US – May 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – May 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – May 2021

Switch Vs. Wii US:

Gap change in latest month: 154,906 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,203,140 - Switch

Total Lead: 4,716,168 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 29,373,340

Wii Total Sales: 34,089,508

May 2021 is the 51st month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in the US. During the latest month, the Switch has shrunk the gap with the Wii when you align the launches by 154,906 million units. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by 2.20 million units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 4.72 million units.

The 51st month for the Nintendo Switch is May 2021 and for the Wii it is January 2011. The Switch has sold 29.37 million units, while the Wii sold 34.09 million units during the same timeframe. The Wii sold current Switch sales in month 44.

The Wii sold 41.70 million units in the US during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 12.33 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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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UnderwaterFunktown (on 11 July 2021)

Wii was really killing it for the first 4 years, despite how ridiculous Switch sales have been the last year-ish, it's still almost 5 mil behind. From here on out the Switch will be catching up quickly though.

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JackHandy (on 13 July 2021)

Holy smokes Batman! The Wii really took names at the start of that gen! lol I remember it doing so but not to THIS extent. Pretty impressive!

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