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3DS vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2014 Update - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 May 2014 / 12,314 Views

Welcome to the VGChartz Gap charts. The charts will be updated monthly and each article will focus on a different gap chart. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation, as well as comparing the 8th generation consoles. All sales are worldwide, unless otherwise stated.

3DS vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2014 Update

3DS Vs. DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,494,071 - DS

Gap change over last 12 months: 16,005,729 - DS

Total Lead: 21,456,992 – DS

3DS Total Sales: 44,390,290

DS Total Sales: 65,847,282

In the latest month of sales for the 3DS, the gap grew 1,494,071 units in favor of its predecessor the DS.  The DS currently leads by 21,456,992 in the first 39 months. Over the last 12 months the DS has gained 16,005,729 units on the 3DS. The gap is expected to continue to grow in favor of the DS.

An important note is that the two handhelds launched at different times of the year. The DS first launched in November 2004, while the 3DS launched in February 2011. The 3DS has sold 44,390,290 units in the first 36 months, and the DS 65,847,282 units.


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 dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at

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4peace (on 27 May 2014)

When DS sales reach its peak 5 years after release, 3DS is already die.

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ExplodingBlock (on 18 May 2014)

If Nintendo didn't screw up the 3DS launch the gap would probably be smaller

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dsp333 ExplodingBlock (on 19 May 2014)

The 3DS had a far better launch than the DS, which Nintendo screwed all the way until the Lite finally came out.

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HylianSwordsman (on 18 May 2014)

A surprising number of people think it can scrape 100 million. I think it's possible, but it will require it to be on the market for a long while, and a really compelling redesign. A Japanese 2DS release might help, too.

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Captain_Yuri (on 17 May 2014)

Least it put up a good fight but its father is just too strong!

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S.Peelman (on 17 May 2014)

The DS is impossible to beat any way, for anything.

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dsp333 S.Peelman (on 19 May 2014)

PS2 beat it in a smaller market. Far, far, FAR better games, too.

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NintendoPie (on 17 May 2014)

Not surprising in the least. The 3DS is definitely in need of a re-design, especially in Japan.
Now, that won't make it competitive with the DS, but at least it could make it competitive with the GBA. The DS is extremely hard to beat.

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ExplodingBlock (on 17 May 2014)

Probably won't outsell the DS but it WILL outsell the GBA, maybe even the gameboy

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drake_tolu ExplodingBlock (on 17 May 2014)

GameBoy have sold 120,000,000... is difficult.
Maybe will outsell, but only if the new console resale in 2019-2020, and coming one 3DS with second stick.
For now, i think 100,000,000 for 3DS.

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Ninten78 (on 17 May 2014)

I think it will make 100 M

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drake_tolu (on 17 May 2014)

For now the gap is a 22,000,000, for me will 50,000,000.

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DialgaMarine (on 17 May 2014)

Holy crap, I had no idea the 3DS was doing that much worse... I guess the handheld market really is dying.

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