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PS5 Outsells the Wii U in Less Than One Year

PS5 Outsells the Wii U in Less Than One Year - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 26 November 2021 / 4,805 Views

Sony's latest video game console, the PlayStation 5, has outsold the lifetime sales of the Nintendo  Wii U after less than one year on the market, according to VGChartz estimates. 

The PS5 had sold 13.58 million units worldwide through October 23, 2021, while the Wii U sold 13.56 million units lifetime.

The PS5 has sold 14.50 million units, according to the latest VGChartz estimates for the week ending November 13, 2021.

PS5 Outsells the Wii U in Less Than One Year

Breaking down sales, the PS5 has yet to outsell the Wii U in the US as it has sold 5.13 million units through November 13. This compares to the Wii U, which sold 5.70 million units lifetime. The PS5 should outsell the Wii U in the US by the end of the year as long as there is enough stock available.

PS5 sales in Europe - 5.56 million units - are well ahead of the Wii U - 3.24 million units. In Japan, sales for the PS5 are a ways off from outselling the Wii U. PS5 has sold 1.18 million units through November 13, while the Wii U sold 3.33 million units.

Breaking down Europe sales, the PS5 has sold 1.26 million units in the UK through November 13, while the Wii U sold 0.69 million units. In Germany, the PS5 has sold 1.03 million units and the Wii U sold 0.75 million units. In France, the PS5 has sold 0.92 million units and the Wii U sold 0.85 million units

PS5 Outsells the Wii U in Less Than One Year

Sony Interactive Entertainment did announce it had shipped 13.4 million PlayStation 5 consoles as of September 30, 2021. With 13.4 million PlayStation 5 consoles shipped through the end of September 2021 that means 3.3 million units were shipped from July to September. Demand for the console is still well above what Sony is able to supply.

For reference, the PlayStation 4 had shipped 13.8 million units as of September 30, 2014. This puts the PS5 behind shipped PS4 units by 400,000.


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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18 Comments
Darwinianevolution (on 26 November 2021)

Poor WiiU. It's going to be a trend to compare the first year of any console with the WiiU's entire lifespan.

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progstarmac (on 26 November 2021)

Obviously, because the Wii U bombed

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Zippy6 progstarmac (on 26 November 2021)

Selling more than 13.56m units in less than 52 weeks on the market isn't "obvious". The vast majority of consoles do not.

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2zosteven Zippy6 (on 26 November 2021)

bottom line the wii u flopped

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trunkswd Zippy6 (on 26 November 2021)

Quite true. Only a few consoles managed to sell that many in under a year.

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2zosteven trunkswd (on 26 November 2021)

point is Wii U did not sale that much during its life cycle.

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JWeinCom (on 26 November 2021)

STOP STOP! IT'S DEAD ALREADY!

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Kakadu18 JWeinCom (on 26 November 2021)

Nah keep punching.

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Leynos (on 28 November 2021)

STOP THE COUNT!

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siebensus4 (on 27 November 2021)

Well, Switch and Wii did that, too.

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Wman1996 (on 26 November 2021)

Still has about 2 million units in japan to go until it passes the Wii U there. PS5 looks like it will sell less in Japan than the PS4 did.

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Sogreblute Wman1996 (on 27 November 2021)

That's an easy safe bet. The PS4 sold more than the PS3 in every market except Japan. It's currently 1 million below the PS3, and it looks like it will stay there with the PS4 barely doing 1k a week now. I doubt the PS5 will reach 6-7 million, especially since most if not all Japanese games are now coming to PC, Xbox, and Switch.

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Zippy6 Sogreblute (on 27 November 2021)

PS5 will easily sell 6 million in Japan. I think it will drop from PS4 lifetime but not by that much. Launch Aligned PS5 is currently just ahead of the PS4 in Japan. (Though as of next week it probably won't be with the current appalling stock situation in Japan.)

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Kakadu18 Sogreblute (on 27 November 2021)

I expect the PS5 to end up around 7mil in the end in Japan.

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CaptainExplosion (on 28 November 2021)

How's that a major accomplishment? It's the Wii U, it barely went anywhere. It gave us Splatoon and The Wonderful 101, but that's pretty much it.

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TheBraveGallade Aidman (on 26 November 2021)

the Wii U went down fighting in japan, splatoon becoming this ultimate smash hit console pusher helped it a lot, to the point that by the time the PS4 caught up(granted, the PS4 was a year behind), the switch was officially announced to come out in 6 months.

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victor83fernandes Aidman (on 27 November 2021)

It would easily if there was stock, the wiiU was never out of stock.

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