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Most of the Switch comparison charts look like they are going to end in several months as Switch passes the other systems lifetime total.  The Wii vs. Switch in the US is one exception though.  The Wii still has a significant lead on the Switch.  

However, I still think the Switch has this one in the bag.  The Switch is fairly popular in the US and it still has plenty of life left in it.  The Switch is still only around the 1/2 way mark when it comes to sales.  In the US, Switch has sold about 30m so far.  I'm not sure if it can reach 60m there, but I do think it will probably sell about 55m.  We still haven't had a price cut yet for the Switch, and it has a strong holiday season coming up this year, and a solid lineup of games next year.  The Switch still has plenty of sales left in it.



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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – August 2021

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 US:

Gap change in latest month: 139,883 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,500,872 - Switch

Total Lead: 4,382,160 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 30,653,545

Wii Total Sales: 35,035,705

August 2021 is the 54th 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 139,883 million units. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by 2.50 million units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 4.38 million units.

The 54th month for the Nintendo Switch is August 2021 and for the Wii it is April 2011. The Switch has sold 30.65 million units, while the Wii sold 35.04 million units during the same timeframe. The Wii sold current Switch sales in month 49.

The Wii sold 41.70 million units in the US during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 11.05 million units to outsell the Wii.

Wii was a beast, but it only one last big holiday season left in it now; after that it drops off while Switch should continue to have strong sales through 2022.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

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PS4 vs DS in Europe Sales Comparison – August 2021

This monthly series compares the aligned European sales of the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo DS.

The DS launched in March 2005 in Europe, while the PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, that is why you see spikes and dips. The DS is the best-selling platform in Europe in the last two video game generations, while the PlayStation 4 comes in second place.

PlayStation 4 Vs. DS Europe:

Gap change in latest month: 76,937 - DS

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,268,643 - PS4

Total Lead: 3,064,031 - DS

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 48,547,003

DS Total Sales: 51,611,034

August 2021 is the 94th month that the PlayStation 4 has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the DS grew its lead when compared with the PlayStation 4 during the same timeframe by 76,937 units. The PlayStation 4 has outsold the DS by 1.27 million units in the last 12 months. The Nintendo DS currently leads by 3.06 million units.

The 94th month on sale for the PlayStation 4 in Europe is August 2021, while for the Nintendo DS it is December 2012. The PlayStation 4 has sold 48.55 million units, while the Nintendo DS sold 51.61 million units during the same timeframe. The DS sold current PlayStation 4 sales in month 73.

The Nintendo DS ended up selling 51.84 million units lifetime in Europe. The PlayStation 4 is currently 3.29 million units behind the lifetime sales of the Nintendo DS.



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If PS4 has gained 1.2 million in the last year and needs 3.2 million to overtake, I'd say DS will likely keep it's lead since PS4 sales will taper off now it's been replaced. It will get admirably close though.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

Didn't know the Switch's lead was purely down to Japan. At this rate, it'll peak lower than the Wii in NA and EU.



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trenchparticipant said:

Didn't know the Switch's lead was purely down to Japan. At this rate, it'll peak lower than the Wii in NA and EU.

First off, welcome to VGChartz fellow human. Cool username. :)

Wii had absolutely massive peaks, but it was abandoned prematurely so its legs weren't the greatest. Switch should have more stamina, including in NA and EU.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

trenchparticipant said:

Didn't know the Switch's lead was purely down to Japan. At this rate, it'll peak lower than the Wii in NA and EU.

As @curl-6 said, welcome to VGChartz. The Wii fell off rather quickly in sales, so I expect the Switch to start to catch up to the Wii in North America and Europe by the time it stops selling. 



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trenchparticipant, I hope you enjoy the gap charts as we seek the answers to these questions. I’m keeping an eye on these things and a few other questions about the Switch that should mostly become clear once we get through the Christmas period.



Thanks for the welcome guys. Good point but given the supply of PS5 and XS improving, could it not eat into Switch sales?



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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in Europe - August 2021

This monthly series compares the aligned European sales of the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Wii.

The Wii launched in December 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 Europe:

Gap change in latest month: 31,860 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,657,934 - Switch

Total Lead: 4,483,197 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 23,383,650

Wii Total Sales: 27,866,847

August 2021 is the 54th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the Switch caught up by 31,860 units when you align the launches of it with the Wii. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by just 1.66 million units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 4.48 million units.

The 54th month for the Nintendo Switch is August 2021 and for the Wii it is May 2011. The Switch has sold 23.38 million units, while the Wii sold 27.87 million units during the same timeframe. The Wii sold current Switch sales in month 45.

The Wii sold 33.88 million units in Europe during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 10.50 million units to outsell the Wii.



VGChartz Sales Analyst and Writer - William D'Angelo - I stream on Twitch and have my own YouTubeFollow me on Twitter @TrunksWD.

Writer of the Sales Comparison | Weekly Hardware Breakdown Top 10 | Weekly Sales Analysis | Marketshare Features, as well as daily news on the Video Game Industry.