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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US - January 2022

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US - January 2022 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 March 2022 / 3,859 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 US 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 in the US - January 2022

Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US - January 2022

Switch Vs. Wii US:

Gap change in latest month: 94,906 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,663,259 - Switch

Total Lead: 1,505,539 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 34,655,774

Wii Total Sales: 36,161,313

January 2021 is the 59th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in the US. During the latest month, the Switch has shrunk the gap with the Wii when you align the launches by 94,906 units. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by 1.66 million units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 1.51 million units.

The 59th month for the Nintendo Switch is January 2022 and for the Wii it is September 2011. The Switch has sold 34.66 million units, while the Wii sold 36.16 million units during the same timeframe. The Wii sold current Switch sales in month 53.

The Wii sold 41.70 million units in the US during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 7.04 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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9 Comments
2zosteven (on 04 March 2022)

i will say it again, when the switch released no one saw this coming!

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Yassgragra 2zosteven (on 04 March 2022)

I remember when everyone laughed at the switch…

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SuperNintend0rk (on 04 March 2022)

The Switch has nearly caught up to the Wii in the US. It's only a matter of time now before it outsells it completely.

  • +5
siebensus4 (on 04 March 2022)

41 % of all Wii consoles were sold in the US, while only 33 % of all Switch consoles were sold in the US currently.

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Mnementh (on 04 March 2022)

Switch will fall back again a bit with the upcoming Wii holidays, but I think overall it has a chance to catch up.

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Yassgragra Mnementh (on 04 March 2022)

There’s still so many big games to release! I’m trying to think back what Wii had going for it by this stage because I’m sure the WiiU was already being discussed.

  • -1
Mnementh Yassgragra (on 04 March 2022)

Well, we can see the next holiday bump in the last graph. Not as big as the last one, so Wii lead grows to 3M maybe?

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Eagle367 (on 04 March 2022)

Tick Tock Wii Doomsday is coming

  • +1
Slownenberg (on 05 March 2022)

Won't be long now. By end of year Switch will probably be about even with Wii. Gonna end up beating the Wii in the US by many millions.

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