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Switch vs 3DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – January 2019 Update

Switch vs 3DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – January 2019 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 March 2019 / 4,540 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: 107,906 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,241,976 - Switch

Total Lead: 3,823,854 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 30,649,113

3DS Total Sales: 26,825,259

January 2019 is the 23rd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 107,906 units when compared to the 3DS during the same timeframe and by 3.24 million units in favor of the Switch in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 3.82 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 30.65 million units, while the 3DS sold 26.83 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 01 March 2019)

3DS peaked early. Switch is going to keep pulling further and further ahead.

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Mnementh (on 02 March 2019)

It is strange how much stronger the momentum of Switch is compared to 3DS at this point and how much weaker compared to Wii. Extrapolating from that someone could conclude Switch sells a big chunk less (say 20M) than Wii, and a big chunk more (say 20M) than 3DS. Looking at the end result though, that are conflicting informations. We know the Wii dropped hard after it's peak, so probably Switch can catch up later to Wii.

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PAOerfulone (on 01 March 2019)

At best, I could see the 3DS winning September and October (Monster Hunter 4 and Pokemon X/Y, respectively) but that's if Animal Crossing doesn't release during one of those two months. Otherwise, it should be all Switch moving forward.

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Bofferbrauer2 PAOerfulone (on 02 March 2019)

Animal Crossing doesn't even need to be released those months. How about Dragon Quest XI S for instance, which is set to release in that timeframe? Even though it's a late port, it's also the best version of the game, so certainly quite a few will double-dip.

And that's not counting all the other games which have no set date yet. I'm pretty sure that 3DS sales spike will not be enough to counter Switch sales by that time anymore

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MasonADC (on 01 March 2019)

Does anyone know the 3ds total for 2013?

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Amnesia MasonADC (on 01 March 2019)

Calendar year : 12,9
Fiscal year : 12,24
These are shipped quantities.

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MasonADC MasonADC (on 01 March 2019)

Thanks. This year is going to be nasty

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