Switch vs 3DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – November 2017 Update

Switch vs 3DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – November 2017 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo, posted on 09 January 2018 / 2,249 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. 3DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 77,719 – 3DS

Total Lead: 1,143,531 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 8,864,591

3DS Total Sales: 7,721,060

November 2017 is the 9th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the 3DS by 77,719 units when compared to the Switch during the same timeframe. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 1.14 million units.

The 3DS launched in February 2011 (however, 3DS sales have been aligned to March 2011, since it only launched at the end of February in Japan), while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 8.86 million units, while the 3DS sold 7.72 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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3 Comments

Mystro-Sama (on 09 January 2018)

When is 3DS lite?


ABizzel1 (on 09 January 2018)

I'm sure this is a lot closer than most people were expecting considering they keep hearing the Switch is a breakout success for Nintendo. The thing to remember here, is that the Switch is still at full retail of $299 and winning, meanwhile the 3DS had its August price drop in 2011 allowing it to keep pace with the Switch. Switch is still on track to outsell 3DS and land somewhere around the PSP, GBA, 360, or PS3 once final sales ae in (which is also pretty much 3DS + Wii U). They have some huge franchises yet to release on the device.


PAOerfulone (on 09 January 2018)

Honestly, I’m starting to think it will finish closer to Wii/PS1 levels than PSP/GBA/360/PS3 levels.


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Ryng_Tolu (on 09 January 2018)

Switch is definitively gonna be in the same tier of Wii and PS4


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ABizzel1 (on 09 January 2018)

@PAO & Ryng

It's possible, but we don't have enough sales to give it a safe bet outside of the PS360 sales. On top of that Nintendo generally stays on a 5-6 year life cycle for its hardware, so we could see a Switch 2 by 2022 or almost 100% guaranteed by 2023 which means the Switch has to practically be the fastest selling device of all time reach those numbers, which is unlikely at this time without a steep price drop over those 5 years.

The current record for a 5 year period goes to the DS which was over 120m, I don't see Switch matching that because it needs NA and EU numbers to be an average of 8m each annually, and it's not tracking there for NA currently, and most definitely won't reach those numbers for EU.

PS360 is a much safer bet currently. However, if they extend the life-cycle to 6 years with a successor launching the 7th, then we're looking at Wii and PS1 for sure.


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progstarmac (on 09 January 2018)

The Best times of the 3ds seems to be gone. Are we witnessing the start of the declive of the handheld? On the other hand, a superstar has born.