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Switch vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – January 2018 Update

Switch vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – January 2018 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 March 2018 / 6,754 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: 688,590 – Switch

Total Lead: 7,172,551 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 14,455,009

DS Total Sales: 7,282,458

January 2018 is the 11th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 688,590 units when compared to the DS during the same timeframe. The Switch is currently ahead of the DS by 7.17 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 14.46 million units, while the DS sold 7.28 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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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pikashoe (on 01 March 2018)

That ds will never catch on.

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S.Peelman pikashoe (on 01 March 2018)


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KLAMarine pikashoe (on 01 March 2018)

The PSP has it on the ropes.

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RolStoppable (on 01 March 2018)

Switch is selling twice as fast as the DS. Switch to sell more than 300m units in its lifetime.

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Salnax RolStoppable (on 01 March 2018)

The numbers don't lie!

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Branko2166 RolStoppable (on 02 March 2018)

If they can find a way to crack China they can do 400 million :)

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Jumpin (on 01 March 2018)

DS hit its stride with the release of casual games (primarily Brain Age) and DS Lite in 2006. New Super Mario Bros was also a major factor in attracting attention.

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numberwang (on 01 March 2018)

Impressive kick start

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xMetroid (on 01 March 2018)

Switch still has some time above the water but the big wave will be unprecedented. :p

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Stuart23 (on 02 March 2018)

A storm is coming...

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Lenny93 (on 02 March 2018)

The DS will go parabolic in the next few months.

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friendlyfamine (on 01 March 2018)

What if Nintendo release a Switch Lite? :P

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Kristof81 friendlyfamine (on 02 March 2018)

According to latest rumors, not going to happen any time soon. Mind you they said similar thing when 3DS was around for a little over a year, just to surprise everyone with the 3DS XL announcement, few months later.

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miedek friendlyfamine (on 02 March 2018)

You mean companies won't tell you they have an improved version of their product coming down the line, when the current model is being sold right now? Well i never!

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friendlyfamine friendlyfamine (on 02 March 2018)

I'm just joking around. I was just hypothetically envisioning a world where a Switch Lite had as much momentum as the DS Lite, and then we could finally see a console overtake the DS and PS2. Especially looking at how much better the Switch did with its regular model in the first year, I mean that gap is pretty crazy. Not going to happen though, 150m+ sales in this decade isn't going to be free like last time. Smartphones too OP.

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Jranation (on 01 March 2018)

Wow! Almost Double!

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Acevil (on 03 March 2018)

Goes to show, Nintendo had to turn around their most successful console.

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Kristof81 (on 02 March 2018)

Spoiler alert! After 11 months, Switch is (most likely) the fastest selling console in history. The only system which, potentially could beat it in terms of shipments, is GBA.

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Ryng (on 01 March 2018)

Well, at least it will stay over DS for some years...

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Ljink96 (on 01 March 2018)

Poor, poor Switch.

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