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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 December 2018 / 3,827 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: 26,304 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 83,079 - Switch

Total Lead: 1,300,039 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 21,575,610

3DS Total Sales: 20,275,571

October 2018 is the 20th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 26,304 units when compared to the 3DS during the same timeframe and by 83,079 units in favor of the 3DS in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 1.30 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 21.58 million units, while the 3DS sold 20.28 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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PAOerfulone (on 28 November 2018)

Switch is about to blow that lead wide open.

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Kristof81 PAOerfulone (on 30 November 2018)

Indeed. This the 3DS after its price cut, first revision and first Pokemon. Switch had none of those things yet.

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DaAndy (on 28 November 2018)

Until now they were pretty even.
But Switch should take a bigger lead now. In 2012 Nov+Dec 3DS sold "only" about 6million in total globally. Switch easily should be able to sell more.
But thats really one on the most interesting gap charts :)

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TheBraveGallade DaAndy (on 28 November 2018)

That being said, the 3ds also have exploding holiday sales.
The switch is going to slowly increase the gap though.
Next holiday is going to be interesting with 3ds hitting 6th gen Pokemon and the switch hitting gen 8, probably in the same time frame

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tripenfall (on 28 November 2018)

This is a great comparison, Switch will be hard to stop going into 2019 but when is comes to lifetime sales......The 3DS has had some serious legs!

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