Switch vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – May 2017 Update

Switch vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – May 2017 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo, posted on 11 July 2017 / 22,958 Views

The VGChartz Gap charts are updated monthly and each article focuses on a different gap chart. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation platforms, as well as comparisons within the 8th generation. All sales are worldwide, unless otherwise stated.

Switch Vs. DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 198,886 – Switch

Total Lead: 830,380 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 4,114,725

DS Total Sales: 3,284,345

May 2017 is the 3rd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Nintendo Switch by 198,886 units. After two months the Switch is currently ahead of the DS by 631,494 units.

The DS launched in November 2004 in North America, December 2004 in Japan and March 2005 in Europe, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 4.11 million units, while the DS sold 3.28 million units during the same timeframe.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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7 Comments

NintendoPie (on 11 July 2017)

Well... this'll be a non-comparison after the DS Lite launched.


JWeinCom (on 11 July 2017)

Four months in, would we have expected the DS to have done as well as it did? It's probably not going to be a competition, but you never know.


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TheBraveGallade (on 11 July 2017)

Nah after smartphones it'll take a miracle to sell as much as ps2/ds


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JWeinCom (on 11 July 2017)

Clearly I'm not predicting that the Switch will sell that much. But, I also wouldn't have predicted the DS would have sold that much.


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Jranation (on 11 July 2017)

Switch should enjoy these small moments it will have...... lol


DaAndy (on 11 July 2017)

long-term-numbers-wise it should make more sense comparing 3DS and Switch. We all know original DS will have a point where sales completely skyrocket.


AlfredoTurkey (on 11 July 2017)

The price point makes this comparison pointless. The DS price was soon dropped to dedicated handheld levels. The Switch is the price of a home console and should only be compared with them because of it.


S.Peelman (on 11 July 2017)

You're gonna need a bigger chart when the DS starts having 30m+ years lol. :-P


PAOerfulone (on 11 July 2017)

It'll be a fun comparison for the first year and a half, and then it will turn into a bloodbath once the DS Lite enters the equation.


Lenny93 (on 12 July 2017)

Unless the Switch gets software like Brain Training and Nintendogs, this is going to be a blood bath.