Welcome to the first ‘6th Gen Vs. 7th Gen Aligned Launch – Handhelds’ article. This will be a monthly feature and it will compare the sixth generation of handhelds (DS, PSP) to their successors in the seventh generation of handhelds (3DS, Vita). In this first one, it will only take a look at the DS versus 3DS aligned launch, weekly sales and total sales. The Vita will be added once it is available Worldwide. Also once the Wii U launches an article focusing on the home consoles will also be done.
DS Vs. 3DS
Looking at the weekly sales with the launches aligned, the DS lead for four of the first six months. The DS did launch in November during the holiday period which explains its initial lead and with the 3DS launching in February / March it explains the huge lead it has in month 11. The two handhelds holiday periods are exactly three months apart. The DS will lead for the next two to three months.
Looking at the most recent month the 3DS sold 1,337,905 compared to 645,738 for the DS. The 3DS has a lead of 692,167 in month 12. Looking at the 3DS’s first December compared to the DS’s second December, the 3DS lead by 1,176,335.
Looking at the total sales the DS held its lead for its first eight months on sales, but as the 3DS entered its first holiday season it quickly took the lead. It has doubled DS sales in its first year on the market, 15.85 million compared to 7.93 million. Though as the DS entered its second holiday sales picked up and it looks like the gap will shrink and the battle between the two with aligned launches will start heating. The 3DS is currently four months ahead of the DS during the same amount of time on the market.