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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 February 2019 / 3,097 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: 1,171,704 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,202,857 - Switch

Total Lead: 3,869,948 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 29,635,662

3DS Total Sales: 25,765,714

December 2018 is the 22nd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 1.17 million units when compared to the 3DS during the same timeframe and by 3.20 million units in favor of the Switch in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 3.87 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 29.64 million units, while the 3DS sold 25.77 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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The_Liquid_Laser (on 03 February 2019)

For the first 20 months the two consoles were neck and neck. That means that a Switch at $300 was valued as the same as a 3DS after a massive price cut to $170. Now, because of this past holiday season, Switch is pulling ahead. Switch is in extremely good shape if it can sell better than the 3DS even though it costs $130 more during the corresponding time period.

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Mnementh The_Liquid_Laser (on 03 February 2019)

True. The interesting part now is if Switch can keep a stronger momentum throughout the slow time of the year. If it does, the Switch will be on a path to strongly outsell the 3DS.

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nidavellir The_Liquid_Laser (on 03 February 2019)

The sales are indeed impressive if you take the higher price of the Switch into account, but it makes me wonder if it's really beneficial to Nintendo, as the Switch is also a lot more expensive to produce...

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The_Liquid_Laser The_Liquid_Laser (on 04 February 2019)

They aren't taking losses from manufacturing the Switch. In fact profits have only gone up for Nintendo since it has been released. On the other hand the year that they released the 3DS, they posted their only loss in their entire history since they've been in gaming. Nintendo has been in gaming for about 40 years now, and they've only had one loss year. It was the year they launched the 3DS and then cut the price from $250 to $170.

So, I don't think the higher price is hurting Nintendo. Sales are higher and profits are higher. Everything is good for them.

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flashfire926 (on 03 February 2019)

And yet people still think it's not gonna outsell the 3DS.... smh.

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