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PS5 vs Wii Sales Comparison - November 2021

PS5 vs Wii Sales Comparison - November 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 January 2022 / 3,580 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 - November 2021

PS5 vs Wii Sales Comparison - November 2021

PS5 vs Wii Sales Comparison - November 2021

PS5 Vs. Wii Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 264,261 - Wii

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,142,228 - Wii

Total Lead: 144,938 - PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 15,337,712

Wii Total Sales: 15,192,774

November 2021 is the 13th month the PlayStation 5 has been available for. In the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Nintendo Wii when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 5 by 264,261 units. The PlayStation 5 is ahead of the Nintendo Wii by 144,938 units.

The PlayStation 5 has sold 15.34 million units in 13 months, while the Nintendo Wii sold 15.19 million units. Month 13 for the PlayStation 5 is November 2021 and for the Nintendo Wii it is November 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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16 Comments
siebensus4 (on 31 December 2021)

Wii had a baseline of 350k in its second year and a few weeks around 500k, which is more than PS5 was able to sell during most of this holiday season. There will be a cross next month and then the gap should increase in favor of Wii. I don't see a chance for PS5 to reach 20m before Wii, because shortages are expected to last during whole 2022.

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Trentonater siebensus4 (on 31 December 2021)

The "shortages" are for the consumer. Demand far exceeding supply. It's not that they are having unusual trouble manufacutring, they can't match unprecedented demand. But supply will continue constant expansion.

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siebensus4 Trentonater (on 31 December 2021)

Wasn't any different for Nintendo back in 2007/08. PS5 is selling lower than PS4 so we know that Sony could produce more if they would have all necessary parts. Consumer demand was actually expected and Sony needed to lower their forecast due to chip shortages.

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2zosteven (on 30 December 2021)

PS5 easily 20 - 30 million ahead of WII at end of lifecycle.

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aTokenYeti 2zosteven (on 30 December 2021)

130 million for the PS5 seems optimistic barring unforeseen market changes

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Kakadu18 2zosteven (on 30 December 2021)

You have very high expectations for both new consoles.

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mjk45 Kakadu18 (on 02 January 2022)

Why the bottom range figure of 20 million ahead would leave it just above the PS4's numbers as to the extra 10 million if it sells around the same as the PS4 with a similar time line then it would come down to how quickly they cutback end of gen production , Sony's history of strong end of gen support ended with covid and the production issues lead to PS4 having it's legs cut out from under it, before that sales in the 130- 140 million range were on the card , but with the strong PS5 demand and more supply coming online those numbers seem very reasonable .

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aTokenYeti (on 30 December 2021)

I think the Wii is going to stretch out a lead over the next 1-2 years but the PS5 will catch it by the end of 9th gen

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icykai (on 31 December 2021)

Race to the fastest to 20 mil. For the PS5 to still be ahead of the WII is commendable.

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Greenfox icykai (on 31 December 2021)

Well, to be honest I don't see much chance of PS5 getting to 20M before Wii. PS5 has had very moderate sales this Christmas due to shortages, and has sold far less than Wii did in the same period. Wii sales in Christmas weeks will be blatantly higher than PS5.

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mjk45 Greenfox (on 02 January 2022)

The 20- 30 million was for the Wii's life cycle .

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siebensus4 icykai (on 31 December 2021)

This will be the last month for PS5 to be ahead Wii for at least the next two years. Wii sold a lot faster than PS4 and PS5 is selling lower than PS4 after 13 months. Wii had heavy supply issues in its first year. This changed a bit in Wii's second year. I don't expect such a change for PS5 due to the global chip situation.

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Darwinianevolution (on 30 December 2021)

Were the Wii's hardware droughts as bad as PS5's? I remember the Wii being impossible to find for a couple of years, but there was no chip shortage back then...

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aTokenYeti Darwinianevolution (on 30 December 2021)

I think it may have depended on where you were. In the US the second hand market for the Wii was not as robust as the PS5 second hand market, and that’s indicative of Nintendo doing a better job of meeting demand at the time.

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JWeinCom Darwinianevolution (on 30 December 2021)

Anecdotally, I recall anyone I knew who wanted a Wii was able to get one relatively easily compared to PS5. But that could also just mean that bots weren't advanced enough to suck up the inventory.

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Agente42 Darwinianevolution (on 30 December 2021)

Almost three years in US and some Europe countries for two years

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