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Switch vs 3DS and Wii U – VGChartz Gap Charts – December 2019 - VGChartz
Switch vs 3DS and Wii U – VGChartz Gap Charts – December 2019

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U – VGChartz Gap Charts – December 2019 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 January 2020 / 2,186 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 and Wii U Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,324,863 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,046,464 – Switch

Total Lead: 76,633 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 49,808,000

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 49,731,367

December 2019 is the 34th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 1.32 million units when compared to the combined sales of the 3DS and Wii U during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months the gap has grown in favor of the Switch by 3.05 million units. The Switch after falling behind in its second month has now taken the lead once again by 76,633 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), the Wii U launched in November 2012, and the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 49.81 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 49.73 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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11 Comments

Ryng (on 18 January 2020)

that really tell you how successfull Nintendo is this generation


DaAndy (on 18 January 2020)

or how bad the last generation was ;-) Different people, different views. I think its something in between. GCN+GBA was something like a bit more than 100 million units combined, DS+Wii was totally crazy with around 250 million units combined^^, WiiU+3DS was/is a bit less than 90 million units combined. Now its only the Switch instead of 2 systems and i hope it can at least outsell GCN+GBA combined. And its looking pretty good right now.


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Ryng (on 18 January 2020)

3DS lifetime sales were meh. But the 3 years were at least great. Switch doing better than it withouth a pricedrop is a good results. Not to mention that yeah Wii U was horrible but it's something, so 3DS+something < Switch is great to see.


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SwitchUP (on 18 January 2020)

And from here on out.... the switch will only see them in the rearview mirror.


Nu-13 (on 18 January 2020)

That gap will keep widening. I wonder what the next goalpost will be.


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ireadtabloids (on 18 January 2020)

Considered doing Switch vs DS+Wii?


icykai (on 18 January 2020)

It's gonna be a massacre.


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DaAndy (on 18 January 2020)

thats not a useful comparison. DS + Wii sold more than 250 million units combined lifetime. It wont happen ever again that the video game systems from just one company sell those numbers in one generation.


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ireadtabloids (on 18 January 2020)

We know who will win the comparison, but that's not the point. The point would be to measure the Switch vs Nintendo at their most successful.


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ireadtabloids (on 18 January 2020)

iPod Touch came out in September 2007 so DS survived a little bit of smart device competition.

Interesting that so many people are actively against the idea. I'll respect that and not suggest the concept again even though it still interests me. At least I should be able to track it by using the existing gap charts.


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