3DS vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – October 2013 Update

by William D'Angelo, posted on 13 November 2013 / 5,359 Views

Welcome to the VGChartz Gap charts. The charts will be updated monthly and each article will focus on a different gap chart. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation, as well as comparing the 8th generation consoles.

 3DS vs DS – VGCharts Gap Charts

3DS Vs. DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 205,028 - DS

Gap change over last 12 months: 10,288,346 - DS

Total Lead: 11,296,942 – DS

3DS Total Sales: 36,561,720

DS Total Sales: 47,858,662

In the latest month of sales for the 3DS it has fallen another 205,028 units further behind its predecessor the DS. The DS currently leads by 11,296,942 in the first 33 months. Over the last 12 months the DS has gained 10,288,346 unit lead. The gap is expected to shrink for the next month as the 3DS heads into the holiday season.

An important note is that the two handhelds launched at different times of the year. The DS first launched in November 2004, while the 3DS launched in February 2011.

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6 Comments

ganoncrotch (on 13 November 2013)

I would think during this holiday season with the 2ds and pokemons being out for the 3ds it's going to reel back in that DS lead by a fair bit. Hopefully anyways... if parents have money to spend on their kids at all, heard there was quite a decline in expected holiday spending this year.


Baalzamon (on 13 November 2013)

Nah, holiday spending is expected to go up quite a bit.
http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/10/07/holiday-spending-expected-to-increase-by-11-percen/
http://www.mainstreet.com/article/smart-spending/consumers-expected-spend-more-holiday-season
I'd say the lower sales has a lot more to do with families not thinking there is enough of a difference with the 3DS. I personally got one because I haven't had a handheld since a Gameboy Advance SP, but in the last couple years, when I go to my relatives for xmas season, whenever the young kids ask for a 3DS, the parents say something along the lines of: "You already have a DS".


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Baalzamon (on 13 November 2013)

Nah, sales are expected to go up anywhere from 5-10% actually.

I'd say the bigger problem is parents not thinking there is a big enough difference between the 3DS and DS. I know that is why nobody else in my extended family has gotten a 3DS...the parents tell their kids they already have a DS when the kids ask for it.


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Baalzamon (on 13 November 2013)

Not to mention, you have the Xbox One and the PS4 releasing for the holiday season. I realize that handhelds are different than home consoles, but that doesn't change the fact that a good portion of the spending money will go to PS4/XO instead of 3DS.


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Baalzamon (on 13 November 2013)

Not to mention, you have the Xbox One and the PS4 releasing for the holiday season. I realize that handhelds are different than home consoles, but that doesn't change the fact that a good portion of the spending money will go to PS4/XO instead of 3DS.


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Kai Master (on 19 November 2013)

what about christmas-aligned launches to have a better picture ?


stealth20k (on 14 November 2013)

A systems job is not to sell more than the top selling system ever.


kopstudent89 (on 14 November 2013)

This holiday season is pivotal for the 3DS. 2DS could be a possible game changer for them especially with the $99 dollar offers going around on BF! It's gonna be very interesting!


stealth20k (on 14 November 2013)

Who cares this literally means nothing. 3ds is more expensive than ds ever was.......


Lawlight (on 13 November 2013)

From 6M ahead to 12M behind - expect the 3DS to sell half of what the DS did.


stealth20k (on 14 November 2013)

You only see the 3ds selling 75 million? LOL get a clue dude


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TheVitaPelican (on 23 November 2013)

It's only 2 years in and the 3DS has already sold over 35 million units. And with the release of Pokemon X&Y and Link between Worlds, it's most likely to reach 40 million by the year's end.

Nonetheless, the 3DS is never going to sell as much as the DS. The DS started off as a selling beast, and it continued to do so until recently. The 150 million mark is an indicator that the system is lucky as hell. In history, the DS and PS2 are the only systems that ever reached the mark. Because they like hotcakes from beginning to end. The 3DS struggled in its first year, so it most likely will not reach it. But 100 million is already very impressive.

And as a Vita fan, I'm ashamed to say that I don't think the Vita will surpass 30 million. Let's face it. Sony is refusing to acknowledge the fact that the Vita is lacking killer apps, and they somehow think that the PS4 remote play functions will save the Vita. But the November 16th charts have proved that the marketing strategy of turning the Vita into a Wii U Gamepad clone is a foolish move.


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