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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - November 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - November 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 January 2022 / 7,755 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 - November 2021

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - November 2021

Switch Vs. Wii Global:

Gap change in latest month: 2,690,364 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 10,944,883 - Switch

Total Lead: 10,100,453 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 96,925,862

Wii Total Sales: 86,825,409

November 2021 is the 57th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the Switch grew its lead by 2.69 million units when compared to the launch aligned sales of the Wii. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by 10.94 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the Wii by 10.10 million units.

The 57th month for the Nintendo Switch is November 2021 and for the Wii it is July 2011. The Switch has sold 96.93 million units, while the Wii sold 86.83 million units during the same timeframe. The Wii reached current Switch sales in month 73 where it sold 97.28 million units.

The Wii sold 101.63 million units worldwide during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 4.70 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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AJNShelton (on 23 December 2021)

I think it may have a chance to oustell the Wii

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Jumpin AJNShelton (on 23 December 2021)

You don't think the cliff makes this exceedingly unlikely? Maybe I'm just being overly cautious, but I'd rather not get my hopes up.

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JWeinCom AJNShelton (on 23 December 2021)

Nah man. I have it on good authority that the cliff is coming.

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CourageTCD (on 23 December 2021)

I would like to think Switch will outsell Wii but I heard rumos about this damn cliff that is about to happen

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Jumpin CourageTCD (on 23 December 2021)

100% this!

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aTokenYeti (on 23 December 2021)

Well earned for Nintendo. And as an aside, I think the Switch is a vastly better engineered console than the Wii ever was. Combining handheld and traditional console form factors was a stroke of genius

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Kakadu18 (on 23 December 2021)

The cliff is gonna come any minute now.

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darthv72 (on 23 December 2021)

Switch achieving in 57 months what the Wii took 73 is quite amazing.

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siebensus4 (on 23 December 2021)

At this point it seems pretty unreal that the gap was 11M in favor of Wii in 2019...

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SanAndreasX (on 24 December 2021)

Never gonna happen. Switch is a failure. Mark my words, the future holds nothing but disappointment and Nintendooooooooom.

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Kakadu18 SanAndreasX (on 24 December 2021)

Nintendoooooom is written in the stars.

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Puppyroach (on 23 December 2021)

And to think the Switch will produce a number of high performing years still, and likely challenge the PS2/DS dominance. Love the console even though it´s miserable from a hardware pespective (as has been the case since the Wii release), but there is no mistaking that the games are extraordinary.

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Agente42 (on 24 December 2021)

Steam Deck is coming and Nintendo is aways doomed.

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Wman1996 (on 28 December 2021)

Wii peaked early. Its broader peak was from launch until early to mid 2010.
Switch's peak year seems to be 2020. 2021 is pretty close. Switch's broader peak will likely end up being 2020 until late 2022/early 2023.
Somehow Nintendo got consumers all in from the start with the Wii and squandered a lot of their sucess midlife because the Wii was largely a fad.
Switch has a broader appeal than the Wii did. Switch is all but guaranteed to finish 3rd place for hardware totals. DS or PS2 is even possible, but not as likely.

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aaasss555 (on 24 December 2021)

The cliff effect may come, but not soon, remember that times have changed, and the 4 year lifespan of a console that we saw in past generations have spand 6 years.

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