Switch vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – December 2017 Update

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 February 2018 / 4,345 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: 4,061,697 – Switch

Total Lead: 6,663,961 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 13,361,768

DS Total Sales: 6,697,807

December 2017 is the 10th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 4.06 million units when compared to the DS during the same timeframe. The Switch is currently ahead of the DS by 6.66 million 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 13.36 million units, while the DS sold 6.70 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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8 Comments

S.Peelman (on 04 February 2018)

Things put against the DS always think they'll have a chance. But then...


Mnementh (on 04 February 2018)

This is so true. :-)


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RolStoppable (on 04 February 2018)

Switch lead of 6.6m after ten months. Switch on pace to lead by 39.6m after 60 months (= five years). DS had sold 112.0m after five years. Switch will be at 151.6m by March 2022. Will be a piece of cake to surpass the PS2 and take the title of best-selling video game console of all time.


AntonTeiosanu (on 04 February 2018)

Do you seriously think that the Switch will still be dominating even 5 months from now?


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Redguy (on 04 February 2018)

Thats too unrealistic for it sell that much considering there is still stock issues in japan for example


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PAOerfulone (on 04 February 2018)

LABO isn't going to be THAT huge.


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Flilix (on 04 February 2018)

Labo will sell at least 10 million FW, 50 million FY.


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couchmonkey (on 04 February 2018)

The only man of vision. I still think there are many ways for Nintendo to screw up, but 150 looks very plausible 1 year later


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PortisheadBiscuit (on 04 February 2018)

Gonna be hard to compete once DS lite comes into play


xMetroid (on 03 February 2018)

DS beast mode soon


PAOerfulone (on 04 February 2018)

In America, yes. But it released in March 2006 in Japan after it released in late November 2004 in NA.


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PAOerfulone (on 03 February 2018)

Switch has 5 months left. Then... it begins.


Ryng_Tolu (on 04 February 2018)

Way more than 5 months. More like 10. DS was nothing special before DS Lite version, which released in June 2006.


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Dulfite (on 04 February 2018)

DS didn't do well until DS LITE. 3ds didn't do well until price cut. Switch is doing amazing, yet we don't think Nintendo will do something to vastly increase its demand within the same time frame that DS/3ds received help? It's not like Nintendo is just going to let the Switch fall off or not increase at the same rate as DS/3ds. It will be difficult, however!


Stuart23 (on 04 February 2018)

Nice lead for Switch before the DS Lite truck arrives.


couchmonkey (on 04 February 2018)

I can't believe everyone is still thinking DS is going to suddenly destroy Switch. I know the sales are about to skyrocket, but are we really assuming Nintendo will announce nothing of interst in FIVE MONTHS? I mean, E3 is in there!


PortisheadBiscuit (on 04 February 2018)

Unless Labo becomes the next Brain Age/Nintendogs, I don't see Switch keeping up with DS pace. If Switch was $129, maybe lol. And this isn't a dig at Switch, it's a nod to how epic DS sales were once it really got going.


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