Switch vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2018 Update

April 2018 is the 14th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the Wii has closed the gap with the Switch and taken the lead. The Wii outsold the Switch by 3.65 million units in the last month and by 4.64 million units in the last 12 months. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 2,836,091 units.

The Wii launched in November 2006, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. The Switch has sold 16.67 million units, while the Wii sold 19.51 million units during the same timeframe.

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PhoenixUp198d ago

Dang Wii already closed the gap. Switch may have had impressive first year sales but it won’t outperform Wii in its second or third year as the fastest selling console.

Neonridr198d ago

hard feat to do, the Wii was selling like gangbusters due to all the casuals picking it up. Switch isn't aimed at the same people.

InKnight7s197d ago

But Wii ran old games from Ps2 with GameCube ports, and Switch is now running the old Ps3 games and Wii U ports. Switch is not having dancing board or streching sport board doesn't make it hardcore, Mario, Splatoon, Kirby, Pokemon etc is so dam casual.

Neonridr195d ago

@inKnight - there is nothing casual about Splatoon. And mainline Pokemon titles are not for the faint of heart. They are very deep and engaging.

Theknightofnights198d ago

This was the Wii's holiday season. Switch may close the gap again during it's holiday season.

DialgaMarine197d ago

Doubtful. Even during Switch’s recent holiday season, Wii still closed the gap.

The 10th Rider197d ago (Edited 197d ago )


You're missing what he's saying: During the same amount of time the Wii had two holiday seasons. Currently the Switch has only had one.

Since the Switch launched in March and the Wii launched in November, it won't really be a far comparison unless the months line up so that each console includes the same number of holiday seasons and the same number of post-holiday slumps.

ABizzel1197d ago

@10th you're right it won't be fair, because even with th emonths aligned this kind of comparison will always benefit the Switch, because it had the benefit of having an inflated launch and inflated holiday within the same year at two different times, so it pushed Switch sales to be the best they could be in a 365 day period, which is where it's title fastest selling console came from, because 2 months down the line it's currently in 3rd behind Wii and PS4.

Consoles sell best at launch and the holiday.

The vast majority of consoles (PS4 / Wii / etc...):
If you launch in the holiday season you sell out, and have to wait 365 days for your console to sell at that level of inflation again, because your true holiday inflation (aka 2nd holiday season in the eyes of some of you), won't happen until 365 days later disqualifying it from assisting your Year 1 sales.

Switch / 3DS:
If you launch early that year, you get the chance to sell out around tax season (which Switch did). And then they double dip and sell out again in the holiday season 8 - 9 months later (which Switch did). Which means your Year 1 is coupled with inflated launch sells, and the benefit of a Year 1 holiday inflated sells.

Majority of consoles: 1 period of inflated sales in their first 365 days, aka 1st holiday didn't matter
Switch: 2 periods of inflated sales during its first 365 days, aka double dip sales in Year 1

Theknightofnights197d ago


It's very well documented that the most lucrative time to launch a console is near the holiday season (at least in western areas). This is why the Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, Gamecube, PS2, and Xbox all launched around the same time in the year in North America.

If launching in March was as beneficial as you're trying to imply more console companies would launch their consoles in the western markets around then, yet they don't.

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The 10th Rider197d ago

Wii has had two holiday seasons in the comparison period, the Switch has only had one. I bet the Switch will take the lead again towards the end of the year, since Pokemon and Smash are launching and it's the holidays, and then again late next spring or early next summer the Wii will be in the lead again because it will have the benefit of another holiday season.

Due to the Wii launching in November and the Switch launching in March, the consoles will probably flip flop like that, each time one hits a holiday season, for a few years until one becomes the clear winner.

ABizzel1197d ago

Same reply as above applies here.

The Switch's first year was stacked with a launch and a holiday season 9 months aprat from one another allowing it to benefit from the inflated sales of both. Wii and most other consoles don't get to benefit from a true sells inflation from the "holiday seaons" until 365 days after their launch, because they sell out at their original launch to begin with.

Wii and most other consoles: 1 sales inflation every 365 days
Switch: 2 sales inflations its first 365 days, and 1 per year after that

The Wii is going to outsell the Switch from now on, unless the Switch lifecycle extends well pass the Wii's. The Switch may win a month here or there, but overall YoY the Wii will win from here forward.

14 months in and the "fastest selling consoles" have changed to:

1. Wii
2. PS4
3. Switch
4. 3DS

ShottyatLaw197d ago


You discredit the fact that the Wii received the added benefit of launch + holiday. You could say that the Wii had 3 "inflation" periods in those 14 months, with 2 coming at the start.

Because of shortages and the differences in launch months, the comparison won't be fair for a while either way.

DialgaMarine197d ago (Edited 197d ago )

Switch is going to comfortably sell 85 million, lifetime, if it gets decent western third party support. 80 million if not.

Good numbers, considering the Wii U travesty.

ABizzel1197d ago

Agreed this is a good number for the Switch. Everyone is expecting Wii numbers, because it double dipped at launch and this titled title of fastest selling console happened because of the double dipping.

I like my Switch and I got rid of my XBO to buy my second one, but sells have been great because the majority of the hardcore Nintendo gamer has already jumped on board at the $299 price. Now they have to enter the market with competitive pricing and bigger IP's (like a real Pokemon) to get the majority of their child, core, and casual-core fans on board by the millions.

I don't think 3rd party support will really do that much overall for sales, it just makes the commitment to the platform easier when you have key titles the majority of gaming plays like Fortnite, Minecraft, Sports games, and a few other token IP's that can transition to the device well.

CrimsonWing69197d ago

You think sales are slowing now wait until the next gen comes out. You’re going to see a plateau with these charts. If you look at Nintendo’s history every console (sans the Wii) has followed this trend. If Nintendo would actually try to compete and get the same third party support and social features they might be able to compete but no... Nintendo has to be Nintendo.

kevnb197d ago

There are next gen handhelds coming?

DeadSilence197d ago

It's all about legs, Wii also outsold Ps4 at first but when it's all said and done Ps4 will have Crushed the Wii by tens of millions.

Wii sold amazing at first then collapsed.