The Switch has been charging headstrong in sales charts around the world since it launched back in March 2017. Due to this, its sales performance has often been compared to that of the Wii—Nintendo’s most successful home console of all time. A few months ago, an analyst reported that overall Switch sales momentum was higher than the Wii. Now, nearly a full two years later, the Switch is overtaking the Wii specifically in the Japanese market.
A recent report shows a breakdown of weekly hardware sales for both the Wii and Switch. As of the 97th week, the Switch has sold 7,046,766 units. At this point of time in the Wii’s lifecycle, it sold 6,831,647. Thus, the Switch has overtaken the Wii by 215,119 units. Now, of course, the system will have to actually maintain growth in order to fully outsell the Wii. That’s still a tall order considering that the Wii sold over 100 million units worldwide. But, the chances of that happening is clearly very much there.
This report is also accompanied by other sales milestones the Switch has hit this week. Continuing with Japan, the console ha sold over 7 million units there. Over in France, the Switch is now 2 million units strong; not as high as Japan or the US, but still relatively impressive considering that the European market is Nintendo’s smallest sector.
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.