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Switch vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – November 2018 Update

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 09 January 2019 / 3,245 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: 1,614,730 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 213,641 - DS

Total Lead: 2,330,623 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 24,917,910

DS Total Sales: 22,587,287

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 1.61 million units when compared to the Switch during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months the DS has caught up by 213,641 units. The Switch is currently ahead of the DS by 2.33 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 24.92 million units, while the DS sold 22.59 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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Ljink96 (on 09 January 2019)

I mean, Switch is holding up quite well, it won't keep this lead most likely but I'd like to see it try.

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flashfire926 (on 09 January 2019)

Starting from Janruary this is gonna be a bloodbath.

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OTBWY (on 09 January 2019)

Whens DS Lite?

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p0isonparadise OTBWY (on 09 January 2019)

Already released by this point.

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RolStoppable OTBWY (on 09 January 2019)

Month 17 represents the first full month of the DS Lite in Japan, month 20 the rest of the world.

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Mnementh (on 09 January 2019)

With the increased momentum for the DS of year two Switch lost most of it's lead. Now the holidays will bring it shortly in stronger lead, but I expect DS to break the Switch line if they reach their holidays or shortly after. Then it will be very interesting to watch, if Switch in 2019 can match the momentum of the DS.

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AngryLittleAlchemist Mnementh (on 09 January 2019)

I really hope that the Switch can at least stay competitive with the likes of PS4 .... I don't really care about any console going for the PS2/DS sales figures because it's so unlikely, but the 130Mil mark is where I'm hoping the Switch can land.

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Mnementh Mnementh (on 09 January 2019)

Yeah, I think it is doubtful that Switch can match the momentum of the DS (it failed this year) and that it has the longevity of the DS. But DS is extraordinary. At this point I'm pretty confident the Switch will sail past 100M.

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SuperNintend0rk Mnementh (on 09 January 2019)

I agree. Even hitting 100 million would be a massive accomplishment.

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RolStoppable Mnementh (on 09 January 2019)

Switch won't match the momentum of the DS - the DS eventually had three years in a row that each were ~30m - but in terms of longevity, Switch is in a position to outdo the DS. Nintendo was rather quick to shift their focus to the 3DS, so Switch can close the gap on the DS with a longer tail.

A longer tail is possible because Switch started out with a much higher price tag and third party support is looking to be at a higher quality and quantity level than the DS's for a longer amount of time. If Nintendo sticks to their guns and tries to get as much sales out of Switch as they've been trying with the 3DS, then Switch can compete with the DS's lifetime sales.

If somebody wonders why the 3DS has much lower lifetime sales than the DS despite a bigger effort by Nintendo to squeeze out every last possible sale, it's because the DS hardware had a positive reception whereas the 3DS had to battle against its negative reception of the stereoscopic 3D throughout its life.

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SuperNintend0rk Mnementh (on 10 January 2019)

I think the longevity of the Switch will also depend on how the release of the PS5 and XB2 affects its sales. I assume Nintendo is going to release a Switch Pro before they release to reduce this impact.

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