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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 08 February 2019 / 3,271 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: 981,093 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 315,480 – 3DS and Wii U

Total Lead: 2,933,031 – 3DS and Wii U

Switch Total Sales: 29,635,662

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 32,568,693

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 981,093 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 315,480 units. The 3DS and Wii U is currently ahead of the Switch by 2.93 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 29.64 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 32.57 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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LuccaCardoso1 (on 08 February 2019)

Even if the number of units sold is lower, I think the profits are higher now, since the Switch is much more expensive than the 3DS, and the Wii U represents a small fraction of the 3DS + Wii U numbers. Same thing for software sales, since a full priced 3DS game is 20 dollars cheaper than a full priced Switch game.

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Bofferbrauer2 LuccaCardoso1 (on 08 February 2019)

They certainly are, as both 3DS and Wii U were mostly sold at a loss, while the Switch is making money from the get-go

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 09 February 2019)

3DS just had it's best year, and the Switch will start grinding back those 3M and then surpass them, never looking back

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