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PS5 vs Wii Sales Comparison - September 2021

PS5 vs Wii Sales Comparison - September 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 November 2021 / 3,139 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 PlayStation 5 and Wii.

The PlayStation 5 launched in November 2020, while the Nintendo Wii launched in November 2006. This does mean the holiday periods for the two consoles do lineup.

PS5 vs Wii Sales Comparison - September 2021

PS5 vs Wii Sales Comparison - September 2021

PS5 vs Wii Sales Comparison - September 2021

PS5 Vs. Wii Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 171,873 – PS5

Total Lead: 337,021 – PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 12,763,653

Wii Total Sales: 12,426,632

September 2021 is the 11th month the PlayStation 5 has been available for. In the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 5 when compared to the aligned launch of the Nintendo Wii by 171,873 units. The PlayStation 5 is now ahead of the Nintendo Wii by 337,021 units.

The PlayStation 5 has sold 12.76 million units in 11 months, while the Nintendo Wii sold 12.43 million units. Month 11 for the PlayStation 5 is September 2021 and for the Nintendo Wii it is September 2007.

The Nintendo Wii crossed 20 million in month 15, 30 million in month 21, and 40 million in month 26. The Nintendo Wii sold 101.63 million units lifetime.


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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14 Comments
CourageTCD (on 29 October 2021)

I think it would be interesting to see a PS5 vs DS chart too

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trunkswd CourageTCD (on 29 October 2021)

I like that one. With PS4 shipments dropping to just 200K I will probably drop one or 2 comparisons.

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yo33331 trunkswd (on 29 October 2021)

this chart is with the adjusted numbers for the PS5 ?

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trunkswd yo33331 (on 29 October 2021)

Yes, it is.

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Doctor_MG (on 29 October 2021)

PS5 will pull ahead permanently month 67, mark my words!

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Kakadu18 Doctor_MG (on 29 October 2021)

It could do so in month 56 already.

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Azzanation (on 01 November 2021)

Wii didnt have sculpers cleaning out store shelves so that is a massive boost for PS5

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Kyuu Azzanation (on 01 November 2021)

The fact that scalping continues shows that thousands of consumers are still willing to pay a lot more than what Sony and MS are asking, coz their consoles (Series X in the case of MS) are highly desirable.

PS5 will continue selling out for a while, and this is precisely why scalping is a thing. PS5 is ahead of Wii thus far due to higher production volumes. Scalping is a nonfactor as far as "boosting" sales.

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Azzanation Kyuu (on 01 November 2021)

Not necessary. Due to limited qualities and the copper shortage, these sculpers are buying and selling them long term and slowly. Plenty of sculpers still have full warehouses so the stock hasnt actually sold, it just moved warehouse but still counts as a sale.

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Kyuu Azzanation (on 01 November 2021)

You know full well that PS5 would have sold out regardless. Scalped systems are a tiny minority that would have been sold to consumers within seconds/minutes, and most of them do end up in the hands of consumers at as much as twice the actual pricetag (or 4 times more expensive than the Wii was).

Scalpers stay in this business because it's highly profitable due to people buying their stuff.

Wii is going to start outpacing PS5 as soon as Nintendo starts out-producing PS5 launch aligned. Scalping is irrelevant, and will become a meme before long... like the infamous Switch cliff.

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Azzanation Kyuu (on 01 November 2021)

Actually no i don't think they would have sold out that fast at launch. Let me explain why. Sculpers are still trying to sell their current stock and we can assume its more than a small portion. 1 guy in England has brought 36,000 PS5s.. just 1 guy, you can imagine what the other sculpers would have sculped, we are probably talking about in the millions now.

Do you remember when the PS5 and Series X opened up the Preorders for the very first time and shortly after everyone was complaining that they couldn't buy these systems at launch.. that's because of the Automated Bots which can process orders quicker than a human, cleaning out the stock as fast as possible, unless you were extremely lucky. The sculping situation got so bad that retailers had to actually close the preorders for these systems to avoid them getting snag by bots.

Now look at the libraries these consoles launched with, not exactly much to play for an expensive console, heck even the Series X even sold out and it was relying on last gen content for its entire launch. The Steam Deck has sold out and the system isn't even out yet. That's all thanks to sculpers.

The point i am trying to make out of all this is if you add up all these issues and combine them. You will see why these systems flew off the shelves. Their are articles on the PS5 saying its software is struggling to sell due to Scuplers, and that's due to many customers not having the systems, because Sculpers don't buy the software. You cannot sell software when you have consoles sitting in sheds.

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kazuyamishima Azzanation (on 01 November 2021)

All of this is is nonsense and the data says otherwise, especially with the scalpers thing.

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SonicWariatPOL (on 30 October 2021)

Still impressive that Wii held the pace with sales.
PS5 storms all over the data. Both great consoles.

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icykai (on 30 October 2021)

It seems to me that ps5 has dropped 200k somehow, was there an adjustment?

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