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Switch vs 3DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – June 2018 Update

Switch vs 3DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – June 2018 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 10 August 2018 / 4,632 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 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 298,208 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 291,817 - Switch

Total Lead: 1,400,972 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 18,352,209

3DS Total Sales: 16,951,237

June 2018 is the 16th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 298,208 units when compared to the 3DS during the same timeframe and by 291,817 units in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 1.40 million 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), while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 18.35 million units, while the 3DS sold 16.95 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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DaAndy (on 10 August 2018)

Wow, they are pretty much on one level. And considering Switch is much more expensive than 3DS was 7 years ago (after price cut), Switch is doing a pretty good job.

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pikashoe (on 12 August 2018)

Very impressive for the switch. It still has a lot of potential with a price cut, big releases and a redesign to keep momentum high.

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pikashoe (on 12 August 2018)

Very impressive for the switch. It still has a lot of potential with a price cut, big releases and a redesign to keep momentum high.

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Eagle367 (on 10 August 2018)

I think the gap will only grow from here. Switch has yet to get Pokémon and when it does, 3ds is history. I think switch has that 100 million console magic but anything could happen so let's see

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Mnementh (on 10 August 2018)

We are past the price-cut and the first holidays, and Switch has the stronger momentum in the second year. As Switch not even fully tapped the handheld-market, I think it is safe to say that Switch probably will outsell the 3DS lifetime.

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DialgaMarine Mnementh (on 10 August 2018)

Switch will outsell 3DS easily. I just wonder if it will break 100 million like Nintendo wants. My prediction is still 80 - 85 million before the Switch successor launches.

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Mnementh Mnementh (on 10 August 2018)

Yeah, my concern is how Nintendo handles the transition as PS5 and Scarlett drop. Can go either way, depending on what tricks Nintendo has up their sleeves.

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HylianSwordsman Mnementh (on 10 August 2018)

That'll depend on exactly when PS5 and Scarlett appear. If they appear Holiday 2021, I think Nintendo can hang on until Spring 2023, giving Switch 6 full years to itself, and time for Nintendo to create another hybrid, this time able to compete with the new systems rather than barely outpacing last gen's. If Xbox and PS5 release in 2020 or sooner, they'll be appearing just as Switch is getting its first midgen upgrade, and we'll just have to hope Nintendo doesn't panic and release a successor too soon, cutting Switch's legs short.

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Bofferbrauer2 Mnementh (on 11 August 2018)

Even by 2023 a hybrid console won't be able to compete with PS4 Pro or One X, nevermind the next Gen consoles. It will be possible to beat the PS4 by then, but the Pro would most probably still be too much without taxing the battery life too much

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