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Switch vs 3DS and Wii U – VGChartz Gap Charts – November 2018 Update

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 13 January 2019 / 4,918 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: 1,473,889 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,459,848 – 3DS and Wii U

Total Lead: 3,556,143 – 3DS and Wii U

Switch Total Sales: 24,911,669

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 28,467,812

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 1.47 million units when compared to the combined sales of the 3DS and Wii U during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months the gap has grown in favor of the 3DS and Wii U by 1.46 million units. The 3DS and Wii U is currently ahead of the Switch by 3.56 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), the Wii U launched in November 2012, and the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 24.91 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 28.47 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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AngryLittleAlchemist (on 13 January 2019)

Looks like the cliff has already been fallen off of.

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And it's falling up the cliff now

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GaoGaiGarV (on 14 January 2019)

3DS + WiiU - 3DS + WiiU = 2WiiU

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thepurplewalrus GaoGaiGarV (on 14 January 2019)

But does 3DS + 3DS = 6DS or 2 3DS's?

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Mar1217 (on 14 January 2019)

And up it goes now !

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gord352 (on 14 January 2019)

This is going to be an interesting one. Wii U sold 13.5mill and the 3DS is dying off with it probably limping sales throughout the rest of its life to hit around the 78mill mark. This means the Switch needs to reach a lifetime sales total of 92mill to beat these two combined. A tough ask but possible if they can maintain the momentum they've created. I think it will fall a little short (somewhere between 80 and 90mill) but that won't make it a failure in my eyes, it would still be a great run!

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The_Liquid_Laser (on 13 January 2019)

Interesting chart. Thanks for posting. :)

3DS+Wii U has the lead, but we get a little hint of the Switch gaining ground.

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CaptainExplosion (on 13 January 2019)

That second chart seems to have it's colors mixed up if it's supposed to say "Switch Lead".

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trunkswd CaptainExplosion (on 13 January 2019)

First chart was wrong. The 3DS and Wii U are ahead of the Switch. I've fixed it. Thanks for pointing it out.

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@trunkswd No, thank you for fixing the chart. ^^

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