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Switch vs Wii U – VGChartz Gap Charts – October 2017 Update

In the latest month the Nintendo Switch has moved even closer to the lifetime sales of the Wii U by 893,711 units. In just eight months the Switch has been able to sell nearly 60 percent of what the Wii U has done lifetime. The Wii U’s lead has shrunk down to 5.61 million units.

The Wii U launched in November 2012, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 7.82 million units, while the Wii U has sold 13.53 million units.

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darthv72137d ago

WiiU, while being a really good system, just wasn't taken seriously by gamers and that is a shame. Nintendo knew early on it wasn't doing so well and instead of being price competitive they just let it suffer. At least they are turing things around with the Switch.

JaguarEvolved136d ago (Edited 136d ago )

Wow, you think Wii u was a good system? Wii u was and is rubbish. Switch is better than the Wii u but it's lacking games already just like the Wii u and a lot of the games already are literally being hampered by the weak hardware. Zelda botw is a good game which I have but it's still doesn't look as good as the original Zelda Wii u tech demo. Zelda which is almost a 40year old franchise should be up to the standards of a witcher 3. Ocarina of time is my favourite Zelda game and it is a marvel for the time it came out but truthfully botw isn't really a marvel in today's time and it's mostly because of the hardware of the switch. I know the switch is more powerful than the ps vita that came out in 2012 but the games or what I've seen for the switch doesn't show that.

Segata136d ago

Wii U had some great games. Many of them are being ported to Switch. Now Switch just needs Wonderful 101, Xenoblade X and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. Wii U had a great but limited library.

JaguarEvolved136d ago

The switch needs more games that aren't Wii u ports. I have a switch and Zelda botw but I haven't seen any upcoming games that I'm interested in other than metroid 4 which might be coming out in 2019. I have a ps4 which has a lot of new AAA games to play now and in the future with a lot of exclusive games to play now and in the near future that we know about. The switch needs a lot of games and it needs new games that are third party games and exclusive. Bayonetta 3 is coming which is nice but Nintendo needs to do a lot better. The ps4 has a lot of old ports from previous generation but it has a lot of games

Kun_ADR136d ago

Jesus christ the Switch has just been released less than one year. You think games take only 1 day to make?

I hate it when people say the Switch has little games, when there in fact are so many games to choose from.

Gemmol136d ago

No they did not let it suffer they knew it was over so they did not drop the price this is why it was profitable the last 2.5 years

So even tho it didn't get the customers, it did get money

Knushwood Butt135d ago

It was sold at a loss for a long time prior to that.

trunkswd136d ago

It won't take much longer for the Switch to outsell the Wii U. A big turnaround for Nintendo.

PhoenixUp137d ago

Wii U is one of be biggest failures for a major console

Gemmol136d ago

No because it made profit, other companies would lower the cost of the system to help the situation while Nintendo was smart left it same price and pick up money, it was profitable the last 2.5 years without needing a game sale

PhoenixUp136d ago

Yes because even Nintendo regards it as a failure.

Nintendo couldn’t drop the Wii U’s price even if they wanted because of how expensive the Gamepad was.

Even so keeping a $300 pricepoint its entire lifetime wasn’t smart since that’s a big reason it failed in the first place. Imagine what would’ve happened if Nintendo kept 3DS at $250.

kevnb136d ago

people didnt understand what the wii u was, the switch doesnt have this problem.

Segata136d ago

Switch also has good hardware for what it is unlike Wii U and great marketing unlike Wii U.