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Xbox Series X|S Outsells the Wii U in Under 18 Months

Xbox Series X|S Outsells the Wii U in Under 18 Months - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 April 2022 / 3,127 Views

Microsoft's latest video game console generation, the Xbox Series X|S, has outsold the lifetime sales of the Nintendo Wii U after less than a year and a half on the market, according to VGChartz estimates. 

The Xbox Series X|S has sold 13.66 million units worldwide through March 26, 2022, while the Wii U sold 13.56 million units lifetime.

Breaking down sales, the Xbox Series X|S has sold 6.63 million units in the US through March 26, while the Wii U sold 5.70 million units lifetime. In Europe, the Xbox Series X|S has sold 4.10 million units, which is ahead of the Wii U's 3.24 million units sold in the region. 

Xbox Series X|S Outsells the Wii U in Under 18 Months

In Japan, the Xbox Series X|S has sold only 0.17 million units, compared to 3.33 million units the Wii U sold. It is unlikely the Xbox Series X|S will outsell the Wii U in Japan, as the best-selling Xbox in Japan, the Xbox 360, sold 1.66 million units in the country.

Breaking down Europe sales, the Xbox Series X|S has sold 1.30 million units in the UK through March 26, while the Wii U sold 0.69 million units. In Germany, the Xbox Series X|S has sold 0.87 million units and the Wii U sold 0.75 million units. In France, the Xbox Series X|S has sold 0.40 million units and the Wii U sold 0.85 million units.

Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer in January of this year revealed the Xbox Series X|S remains the fastest-selling Xbox console generation in history.

"Supply is actually as big as it's ever been. It's that demand is exceeding the supply," said Spencer at the time. "At this point, we’ve sold more of this generation of Xboxes, which is Xbox Series X and S, than we had any previous version of Xbox. So it’s our job to get the supply there to meet that demand."


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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21 Comments
NextGen_Gamer (on 07 April 2022)

Wii U was definitely an idea ahead of its time. I'm sure Nintendo wanted the Wii U to function pretty much as Switch does now, but the tech just wasn't quite there yet at the time. Or, it's possible that the execs higher up still wanted to maintain distinct handheld/console lines, rather than fully combining them in Switch.

I know Nintendo likes to do new things from one generation to the next (N64>GameCube>Wii>Wii U>Switch), but I for one hope that their next system is more like the NES>SNES jump: just a better Switch in every way.

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SvenTheTurkey NextGen_Gamer (on 07 April 2022)

An unfortunate misstep that was heading towards something great for sure.

The corporate speak has me a little worried about the switch 2. Innovation is great, but sometimes iteration is the right move. But maybe they have something up their sleeve that is both innovative and a total improvement all in one.

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NextGen_Gamer SvenTheTurkey (on 08 April 2022)

I know exactly what you mean! Part of me feels like Nintendo will be like "Alright guys, Switch is a BEAST and our biggest selling console ever. Everyone wants us to follow it up with a superb, refined and significantly more powerful version of it. So - let's do a Virtual Boy 2 instead" much exec applause erupts

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SvenTheTurkey NextGen_Gamer (on 08 April 2022)

Oh no. Don't give them any ideas. We're dooooomed.

But yeah. I really do hope it's more of the same with maybe one crazy new feature or something. I actually loved the Wii u, but I don't want another Wii u. If it's not successful in the mainstream, it's just bad for everyone. Short lifespan, few games, etc. And hopefully not a virtual boy either. Haha.

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scrapking NextGen_Gamer (on 07 April 2022)

The Wii U was an idea both ahead of its time, and behind its time, as it was based on ideas first pioneered by Sega with the Nomad handheld.

I believe the Wii U was engineered during a period where the bulk of tablets were very expensive, and the idea of a relatively inexpensive tablet-style controller was a potential winner. But the by the time of the console's release, inexpensive tablets were a dime a dozen and undercut that part of the console's appeal.

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JWeinCom (on 07 April 2022)

STOP! STOP! IT'S ALREADY DEAD!

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axumblade (on 07 April 2022)

Next up is PlayStation Vita. Then GameCube and finally it’ll be ahead of the OG Xbox. Not bad considering they started out with an uphill battle after the Xbox one. I’m sure it’ll pass at least the One over time

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Ljink96 (on 07 April 2022)

...Congrats? I guess...

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2zosteven Ljink96 (on 07 April 2022)

yes, several years and 10 of millions of more sales coming

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Ljink96 2zosteven (on 08 April 2022)

What does that even mean? I mean what?

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2zosteven Ljink96 (on 08 April 2022)

several more years of sale to go for the x/s series and will sell 10s of millions more, just asked my granddaughter if she understood lol, and yes she did

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Ljink96 2zosteven (on 08 April 2022)

But why was that important to say? It's obvious that a console sells more the longer they're out. I'm just genuinely confused as to why this needed to be pointed out.

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2zosteven Ljink96 (on 08 April 2022)

congrats, i guess?

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CGI-Quality 2zosteven (on 10 April 2022)

You really are being antagonistic for no reason. He had a legit question and you've done nothing but behave condescendingly. So, quit doing it.

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aTokenYeti (on 07 April 2022)

How long did it take the Xbox One? I think this is a good milestone regardless. If nothing else the X|S outselling they Xbox One seems like a certainty at this point

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darthv72 aTokenYeti (on 07 April 2022)

given that the Series is tracking ahead of the XBO by about 6 months, we can deduce the XBO did the same at about the 2 year mark.

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y2jarmyofficial (on 07 April 2022)

Well not surprised. Wiiu was the least liked console next to the virtual boy. I do own one only to play wii games since it backwards compatible.

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VGTZ1 (on 07 April 2022)

Xbox X/S will end up around 8th place in lifetime sales!

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MastermindPT (on 07 April 2022)

If the XBox X surpassed the Wii U sales just now, how long the PS5 surpassed that milestone? because it's going on 19 millions sold by now.

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Chicho MastermindPT (on 07 April 2022)

It was mention when it happened but is old news now.

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darthv72 MastermindPT (on 07 April 2022)

PS5 did it in 51 weeks, just ahead of the 1 year mark.

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