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Switch vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – October 2018 Update

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 December 2018 / 3,515 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: 1,115,571 – DS

Gap change over last 12 months: 626,503 - DS

Total Lead: 639,893 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 21,575,610

DS Total Sales: 20,935,717

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 DS by 1.12 million units when compared to the Switch during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months the DS has caught up by 626,503 units. The Switch is currently ahead of the DS by 639,893 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 21.58 million units, while the DS sold 20.94 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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SuperNintend0rk (on 04 December 2018)

Has the DS Lite finally launched or is this just the start of the holiday sales spike?

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Amnesia SuperNintend0rk (on 04 December 2018)
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SuperNintend0rk SuperNintend0rk (on 04 December 2018)

I just looked it up and it's already on the graph. The DS Lite launched in Japan in month 16 and North America/Europe in month 19.

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Eagle367 SuperNintend0rk (on 04 December 2018)

I think DS lite is why the DS gained so much ground this month

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SuperNintend0rk SuperNintend0rk (on 04 December 2018)

Definitely. You can visibly see its impact in the charts.

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Mnementh (on 04 December 2018)

DS launched in the holidays? Well, it looks like momentum of the DS picked up. Switch will increase the gap over the holidays, but if the DS holidays kick in, it will take the lead.

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SuperNintend0rk Mnementh (on 04 December 2018)

The DS Lite just launched so it'll probably take the lead next month.

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Eagle367 Mnementh (on 04 December 2018)

I think the bump this month is the DS lite. With poekmon and smash, switch will not go down so easy

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Mnementh Mnementh (on 04 December 2018)

@Eagle: I think Switch can take the lead shortly, because of unaligned holidays, but the DS-holidays follow shortly after. And after then there is no turning back, Switch will not go to 150M.

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SuperNintend0rk Mnementh (on 04 December 2018)

Agreed. The Switch might keep its lead but only through the holidays.

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Jumpin (on 04 December 2018)

I’d love to see software charts comparing Wii, Switch, and DS.

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Kristof81 Jumpin (on 05 December 2018)

Check Global sales ranking on the sales discussion

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