It was bound to happen at some point, but it looks like the Nintendo Switch has now overtaken the Nintendo Wii when it comes to lifetime console sales. After another strong holiday season for the Switch until the end of 2021, Nintendo was finally able to beat its own milestone in hardware units sold. And while that achievement alone is already a big deal, what’s even more impressive is that the Switch was able to accomplish this feat in almost a fraction of the time.
According to new estimates from VGChartz, the Nintendo Switch was able to sell 1.16 million units in one of the last weeks of December 2021. This brings the platform’s new lifetime sales total to 101. , 88 million units in total. To date, the Nintendo Wii has sold 101.63 million units worldwide, which means it now sits behind the Switch. Again, it’s worth noting that these numbers aren’t official from Nintendo, but VGChartz tends to be pretty specific when it comes to this data. Nintendo itself is expected to release official sales statistics soon to verify this is factual.
As mentioned, what has been the most astonishing thing about the Nintendo Switch is how quickly it has sold to consumers around the world. The Nintendo Wii was first released in 2006 and was not officially discontinued by Nintendo until 2013. The Switch, on the other hand, debuted in early 2017, which means it didn’t even not had five full years of availability to date. . In order for Nintendo to be more successful with the Wii, this quickly became absolutely astounding.
While the Nintendo Switch is now the most powerful home console Nintendo has ever made, it still has a bit of work to do before moving on to other hardware from the Japanese publisher. The Game Boy and Game Boy Color have sold a total of 118 million units over their respective lifetimes, which means this is Nintendo’s next platform that the Switch will seek to adopt. And while it still has a long way to go before it crosses that threshold, the Nintendo DS remains the best-selling platform Nintendo has ever made with around 154 million units.