Switch Shipments Reach 17.79 Million Units on March 31, 3DS Ships 72.53 Million Units

Switch Shipments Reach 17.79 Million Units on March 31, 3DS Ships 72.53 Million Units - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 May 2018 / 3,215 Views

 Nintendo has released its latest hardware and software figures for the Switch and 3DS through March 31, 2018.

Shipments figures for the Nintendo Switch reached 17.79 million units as of March 31, while the Nintendo 3DS hit 72.53 million units shipped.

Breaking down the hardware figure even further, 7.14 million Switch consoles have been shipped in the Americas, 4.38 million in Japan, and 6.27 million in the rest of the world.

Breaking down the 3DS: 25.17 million units have been shipped in the Americas, 24.70 million in Japan and 22.66 million in the rest of the world.

As for software 68.97 million games have been shipped on the Nintendo Switch and 364.89 million games on the Nintendo 3DS. 

Nintendo forecasts it will ship 20 million Switch consoles in the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2019.


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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Masked_Muchaco (on 26 April 2018)

The 3DS really is on it's last legs, in 3 months it only managed to ship a little more than half a million. At this pace, I don't think it will manage to outsell or even reach GBA and PSP sales.


Ljink96 (on 26 April 2018)

Well the landscape in which the GBA and PSP existed is much different than the one the 3DS existed in. Not nearly as much smartphone competition, I think it's to be expected and when put beside the Vita, I think it fared better of the two because again, the competition is rough.


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Masked_Muchaco (on 26 April 2018)

I agree, it's just that many people, including me, wondered if the 3DS could surpass the lifetime sales of those two handhelds, but I think it's clear now that this is not gonna happen.


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Nuvendil (on 26 April 2018)

Also worth noting the GBA had no real competition at all and thus had the handheld market all to itself. The 3DS had the Vita. And while it beat it soundly, the Vita still took up a chunk of that market. Together they have already surpassed the GBA sales comfortably.


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tak13 (on 26 April 2018)

Nintendo's forecast for FY18/19 about 3ds is 4m, so 76.53m as of March 2019. The forecast for the last fiscal year was 5m in the beginning, they sold in 6.4m eventually. It's not impossible for 3ds to match gba sales... Also imagine the potential of a 99$ New 2ds xl, I know that's hypothetical but it's very likely to happen. 3ds will be on its last legs when it will sell less than 1m on FYQ3 (OCT-NOV-DEC ) 540K for its seventh FYQ4 and having been replaced is very good.
Nintendo's forecast for FY18/19 about 3ds is 4m, so 76.53m as of March 2019. The forecast for the last fiscal year was 5m in the beginning, they sold in 6.4m eventually. It's not impossible for 3ds to match gba sales... Also imagine the potential of a 99$ New 2ds xl, I know that's hypothetical but it's very likely to happen. 3ds will be on its last legs when it will sell less than 1m on FYQ3 (OCT-NOV-DEC ) 540K for its seventh FYQ4 and having been replaced is very good.


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Darwinianevolution (on 26 April 2018)

Sweet numbers all around. Looks like the Switch will be able to beat the total software sales of the WiiU before the end of the year.


fauzman (on 26 April 2018)

Thats very impressive. Certainly better than the ps4 in its first year. Now all it has to do is sustain it.


DaveTheMinion13 (on 26 April 2018)

Not really......PS4 did around 18-19 million its first 13 months


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Signalstar (on 26 April 2018)

3DS software sales kind of suck...


RolStoppable (on 26 April 2018)

Tie ratios of handheld consoles are significantly lower than home consoles. The Nintendo DS had the highest tie ratio for a handheld at only ~6.2, so the 3DS's at ~5.0 isn't that far off, especially once you factor in that the software shipment figures don't include digital-only releases and the 3DS had much more digital business than the DS.

The GBA's tie ratio is ~4.7, Game Boy including Color is at ~4.1, both without any digital business. Sony handhelds have also fallen between 4-5 games sold per console, so the 3DS is historically just about where it's supposed to be.


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Qwark (on 26 April 2018)

"Shipments figures for the Nintendo Switch reached 17.79 million units as of December 31, while the Nintendo 3DS hit 72.53 million units shipped". Shouldn't this be March 31? Anyway good numbers all around we will see how well they will keep up this year.


trunkswd (on 26 April 2018)

You are right. Error has been fixed.


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Kwaidd (on 26 April 2018)

Appears that they better increase their forecast for fiscal year shipments. Only 2.2m to go with most of the year ahead. Crazy numbers


Megiddo (on 26 April 2018)

They're saying that they will sell 20 million more Switches in the current fiscal year, not counting the ones that have already been sold.


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SuperNintend0rk (on 26 April 2018)

They are expecting to ship 20 million units all within this fiscal year, which would put them around 38 million shipped by the end of next March.


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DaveTheMinion13 (on 26 April 2018)

Looks like they are falling behind PS4 already, considering PS4 did around 18.5 million its first 13 months


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KLAMarine (on 26 April 2018)

That's two holiday shopping seasons by my estimate. Switch has only had one.


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KLAMarine (on 26 April 2018)

Both hardware units had a launch day but only one has had two holiday seasons.


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Ljink96 (on 27 April 2018)

lol, there's traditionally nothing beneficial sales wise of launching outside the holiday and only experiencing one holiday. The holiday season is the most lucrative in terms of hardware and software sales. Because it's not generally beneficial, this is why Sony and Microsoft try to make sure their hardware is out in November.


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