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Switch vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – August 2018 Update

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 October 2018 / 4,681 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: 413,809 – DS

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,696,950 - Switch

Total Lead: 2,218,812 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 20,058,577

DS Total Sales: 17,839,765

August 2018 is the 18th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the DS by 413,809 units when compared to the Switch during the same timeframe. However, in the last 12 months the Switch has grown its lead by 1.70 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the DS by 2.22 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 20.06 million units, while the DS sold 17.84 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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HylianSwordsman (on 28 September 2018)

People will debate whether Switch can pass the Wii, or whether it'll stay ahead of the 3DS, but the fact that the Switch, Wii, and the 3DS are all ahead of the DS at this point just goes to show how hard it is to be sure with these kinds of things. We all know that 3DS and Wii won't even come close. We think Switch won't either, and many people think it'll fall behind the 7th gen consoles, but really, what do we know? If the DS had come after the Wii had reached 100 million but still followed this same sales trajectory, we'd all be betting against it right now.

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trent44 HylianSwordsman (on 01 October 2018)

The real question is what could happen to cause Switch to even approach the DS's lifetime sales?

I think next year with their upcoming 2019 lineup of games and a possible $199 Nintendo Switch Mini launching before Pokemon 2019 could really expand the YoY hardware sales by a nice chunk; from there, the biggest question is if Nintendo can continue to bring even more software that helps to even further expand the userbase.

We know they will probably do even more hardware revisions, price drops, Nintendo Selects discounts, etc. to keep things moving, but a megaton breakout title or two hitting just when the hardware is at peak momentum can really help to extend the tail end of the system by quite a bit.

That sort of speculation is such a wild card scenario though, and it would be awesome to see come to pass.

The Switch vs DS Gapchartz will be interesting to see where it is at come Jan. 1 2020.

From there, we should have a much better view of how things are going forward with a lot more clarity.

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