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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 July 2019 / 4,381 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: 426,765 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 4,419,506 - Switch

Total Lead: 5,280,471 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 34,672,660

3DS Total Sales: 29,392,189

May 2019 is the 27th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 426,765 units when compared to the 3DS during the same timeframe and by 4.42 million units in favor of the Switch in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 5.28 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 34.67 million units, while the 3DS sold 29.39 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 wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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8 Comments
curl-6 (on 21 June 2019)

I can't fathom those who still claim Switch will sell on par with 3DS lifetime at this point

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RolStoppable curl-6 (on 22 June 2019)

Just you wait. Price cuts and revisions are going to make Switch sell less.

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RolStoppable (on 21 June 2019)

So far in year 3 (month 25-27), Switch has extended its lead by a good one million units. It's outselling the 3DS almost 2:1 lately.

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The_Liquid_Laser (on 21 June 2019)

I keep saying Switch got off to a slow start. Well here is the proof. Expect the Switch to leave the 3DS far, far behind.

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Switch is the console with the best first 12 months in history. That's not a slow start by any means.

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Well, if Switch were to sell like the DS did after a price cut for instance, then that could still be considered a slow start by comparison to later sales - but not as an absolute, you're totally right there.

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Jumpin (on 23 June 2019)

It should be noted that a sale of one Switch is of far greater value than a sale of one 3DS. The Switch costs considerably more than 3DS for one thing. The main reason, though, is the significantly greater amount each user spends on software for the Switch than 3DS - both in terms of volume of software purchases and price of software.

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garretslarrity (on 21 June 2019)

inb4 someone comments that the Switch has not yet had a revision or a price drop.

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