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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 05 January 2019 / 4,056 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: 1,686,427– Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,034,258 - Switch

Total Lead: 3,062,466 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 24,917,910

3DS Total Sales: 21,855,444

November 2018 is the 21st month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 1.69 million units when compared to the 3DS during the same timeframe and by 2.03 million units in favor of the Switch in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 3.06 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 24.92 million units, while the 3DS sold 21.86 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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xMetroid (on 05 January 2019)

And that's with a big price cut early on for the 3DS. Switch is outpacing the 3DS with a much higher price, just imagine how it will sell once families can buy 1 for each member. Y'all really expecting the Switch to sell 80 LT? This is literally the worst case scenario, not reaching 100 millions would be surprising to me.

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PAOerfulone xMetroid (on 05 January 2019)

Plus, the 3DS already had a hardware revision at this point; the 3DS XL, whereas the Switch has yet to have one.

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xMetroid xMetroid (on 05 January 2019)

Right, i wasn't sure if the Xl was out or not.. that shows even more how the Switch is selling way better than the 3DS.

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CosmicSex xMetroid (on 06 January 2019)

It will sell around 65 million.

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Bofferbrauer2 xMetroid (on 06 January 2019)

Before end of 2020, yes

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Mnementh (on 05 January 2019)

2019 should see improved momentum for Switch, while 3DS stayed flat. Switch sales should get further away in the future months.

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Mar1217 (on 05 January 2019)

Now just imagine how these charts would look if the Switch oing just as good in Japan as the 3DS did there ... it would be a slaughter. Although, a cheaper revision might do just that.

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aris4me (on 06 January 2019)

Switch is a beast! It smashes everything on its go!

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RolStoppable (on 05 January 2019)

The nice thing about this comparison is that it perfectly aligns with calendar months. I looked at the December 2012 numbers for the 3DS and in five weeks until the week ending January 5th 2013, it sold 4m units. Therefore Switch will grow its lead by more than 1m units again in the next update of this comparison.

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RolStoppable RolStoppable (on 05 January 2019)

The two lines in the bottom graph also show the timing of the 3DS's price cut and hardware revision. The lines drift apart until month 5, then get closer again because of the 3DS price cut. Same story in year 2 when the lines frist drift apart and then stabilize in month 18 with the launch of the 3DS XL.

But unsurprisingly the Switch's holiday lineup in 2018 sells significantly more hardware than the 3DS's holiday lineup in 2012.

In year 3 the 3DS won't have anything major to combat Switch, so Switch should grow its lead from month to month. The years afterwards are easier despite the New 3DS/New 3DS XL, because 3DS sales on the whole were always below 10m for the year.

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