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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - September 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - September 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 November 2021 / 3,071 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 - September 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - September 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - September 2021

Switch Vs. Wii Global:

Gap change in latest month: 783,752 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 11,589,542 - Switch

Total Lead: 6,130,375 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 91,586,736

Wii Total Sales: 85,456,361

September 2021 is the 55th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the Switch grew its lead by 783,752 units when compared to the launch aligned sales of the Wii. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by 11.59 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the Wii by 6.13 million units.

The 55th month for the Nintendo Switch is September 2021 and for the Wii it is May 2011. The Switch has sold 91.59 million units, while the Wii sold 85.46 million units during the same timeframe. The Wii reached current Switch sales in month 62 where it sold 93.39 million units.

The Wii sold 101.63 million units worldwide during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 10.04 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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23 Comments
xMetroid (on 21 October 2021)

This will be a done deal before going into 2022. Crazy to think it will still have a lot of life into it after passing the Wii which seemed like Nintendo would never reach these highs again during the Wii U/3DS era. I still feel like the floor is 125-130 millions for Switch and that's if they launch the successor next year like some rumors started to point of 2 weeks ago.

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SKMBlake xMetroid (on 22 October 2021)

The thing is: I don't see the sales dropping below 20 million next year with the huge amount of exclusives coming to the console (Bayonetta 3, Pokémon Arceus, Kirby, Mario+Rabbids 2, maybe Zelda)

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The_Liquid_Laser SKMBlake (on 22 October 2021)

I would even say next year is going to be 25m+. This year's sales are going to be close to last year's (probably a bit higher). Next year has several big titles to keep momentum going. I think the drop will be small next year.

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SKMBlake The_Liquid_Laser (on 22 October 2021)

So if it ends up at 105 million in December 2021, it will def reach 130 million by December 2022, and unless there is a sudden decline à la Wii, it can manage to reach 155 million over time

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xMetroid SKMBlake (on 22 October 2021)

I do agree with that, but recent rumors have me wondering if they will kill it sooner than later with the "Pro" model being now rumoured as a successor.

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super_etecoon (on 21 October 2021)

When Switch passes he Wii are we going to have people claiming that the Switch isn't the best selling Nintendo home console? Because by my standards the Switch is absolutely a home console, but just one that I can easily take on the fly to other places. The thing barely comes off the dock.

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Kaio_felipe super_etecoon (on 21 October 2021)

I agree in part; I think it will officially be Nintendo's best-selling home console when it overtakes the Wii even if you disregard the Switch Lite (which is a strictly portable model) sales.

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Kakadu18 super_etecoon (on 21 October 2021)

The argument we will hear will be that the hybrid models needs to outsell the Wii without the Lite. And then that will also happen.

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Sogreblute Kakadu18 (on 21 October 2021)

Technically that's right. The Lite is handheld only, so it shouldn't be included in Switch sales if you're talking hybrid/home console sales.

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SvenTheTurkey Sogreblute (on 22 October 2021)

It's tricky though. It's the same platform.

I mean it would be like saying the ps4 pro doesn't count as a PS4 because the original only outputs at 1080.

I think it was dumb to release the lite without the capability even if it meant buying the accessories after.

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Chicho Kakadu18 (on 21 October 2021)

You don't have to wait for the argument. it's already here.

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super_etecoon Chicho (on 21 October 2021)

Well that just means Switch will get to have yet another victory party. One for Wii, one for PS1, and one for when it passes both of those without the Lite numbers included. Not sure why people insist on moving goalposts that are going to be crossed eventually no matter the change in parameters.

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Kaio_felipe super_etecoon (on 21 October 2021)

For the record, I believe Switch tends to reach around 150 million units sold. I spoke of disregarding the Lite just because it is not a home console, unlike the other Switch models. However, of the 90 million Switch already sold, only 15 million are Lite, so that record should be broken next year, as the overtake on the Wii tends to come as early as December 2021.

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lombrico Kaio_felipe (on 22 October 2021)

the challenge is still drugged, because in Switch / Oled users there are "portable users", while "portable users" were on DS ...

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Kristof81 super_etecoon (on 22 October 2021)

People on the internet overanalysing generations, desperately trying to categorise everything
Meanwhile Nintendo: hardware sells, profit good

  • +1
lombrico super_etecoon (on 22 October 2021)

Switches are portable consoles, those who were interesting to Nintendo for portability bought DS, today those interested in Nintendo in portability buy Switch / oled or Switch Lite

  • -5
lieronthesofa lombrico (on 25 October 2021)

i play switch in docked mode only since 2017

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Trentonater super_etecoon (on 22 October 2021)

Nintendo treats it as a handheld with a TV output. and so does the Japanese market as a whole. It is terribly feature light for the home experience and every improvement they have given has been centered on the handheld experience.

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lombrico super_etecoon (on 22 October 2021)

you have bizarre standard, however, Nintendo also sold DS, and we had two counters, today Nintendo has only one brand, and only one counter, one brand beats half Nintendo of a few years ago : D

  • -2
Kakadu18 lombrico (on 22 October 2021)

Are you trying to argue the Switch needs to outsell both the Wii and DS?

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Chicho (on 21 October 2021)

Almost over.

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The_Liquid_Laser (on 22 October 2021)

Wii is not the champion, my friend.

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lombrico (on 22 October 2021)

Wii is still the best selling Nitnendo home, and I think it will remain so. The fact is that Switch isn't a home console, but a portable, witch a version without output video, Wii isn't portable. Nintendo sold DS... and Wii, nowdays only a brand: Switch...

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