PS5 vs Wii Sales Comparison - March 2022 - SalesWilliam D'Angelo , posted on 29 April 2022 / 3,348 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 Worldwide:
Gap change in latest month: 940,303 - Wii
Gap change over last 12 months: 6,274,571 - Wii
Total Lead: 5,108,309 - Wii
PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 18,724,400
Wii Total Sales: 23,832,709
March 2022 is the 17th 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 940,303 units.
In the last 12 months, the Nintendo Wii has outsold the PlayStation 5 by 6.27 million units. The Nintendo Wii is ahead of the PlayStation 5 by 5.11 million units.
The PlayStation 5 has sold 18.04 million units in 17 months, while the Nintendo Wii sold 22.20 million units. Month 17 for the PlayStation 5 is March 2022 and for the Nintendo Wii it is March 2008.
The Nintendo Wii crossed 30 million in month 21, 40 million in month 26, and 50 million in month 32. The Nintendo Wii sold 101.63 million units lifetime.
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Even if stock was plentiful, it would be tough for PS5 to keep up with the heyday of the Wii. With current shortages, PS5 will fall back quite a bit over the next year or so. But we know the Wii craze didn't last long so there will be time to catch up later on.
I doubt the latter part, the PS5 will probably end up selling less than 12 million units this year. PlayStation didn't even meet the 2 million shipment, whilst this usually is a pretty decent quarter.
Also Europe (PlayStation biggest market) will probably end up in an enormous recession, pretty soon after they get shut off Russian gas. So I don't think PlayStation will catch up to the Wii unless some miracle happens.
Wii has US problems stock for 3 years on US. https://www.gamesradar.com/analyst-says-wii-shortage-a-missed-opportunity/ . And have stock problems worldwide for 2 years.
There is a difference in the severity of stock problems. Every successful console has stock problems multiple times in their life, Wii (and Switch) are no exceptions to that. However the PS5 is production hardcap for this year is much lower than the Wii is production cap in its second year.
The severity was VERY real for the Wii though. It was estimated at the time that Nintendo could have sold three to five times as many systems during the first year, had they been available on shelves.
But you're of course right that in its second year, Nintendo upped production to 25 million, which still wasn't enough to fully meet demand, but still a lot more fortunate than the trap Sony is caught in right now.