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Switch vs 3DS and Wii U – VGChartz Gap Charts – June 2019 Update

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U – VGChartz Gap Charts – June 2019 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 05 August 2019 / 3,591 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: 137,216 – 3DS and Wii U

Gap change over last 12 months: 589,205 – Switch

Total Lead: 3,863,615 – 3DS and Wii U

Switch Total Sales: 35,328,403

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 39,192,018

June 2019 is the 28th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the combined sales of the 3DS and Wii U by 137,216 units when compared to the Switch during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months the gap has grown in favor of the Switch by 589,205 units. The 3DS and Wii U is currently ahead of the Switch by 3.86 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 35.33 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 39.19 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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garretslarrity (on 04 August 2019)

I think the Switch will take the lead by the end of this year. The Wii U isn't helping anymore.

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Bofferbrauer2 garretslarrity (on 05 August 2019)

Wii U is still helping. It's not very much, but enough to make the 3DS+Wii U have a lead while the 3DS alone is trailing behind the Switch.

Still, I agree with you that the Switch will probably take the lead this holiday season and never loose it afterwards. But that's not just because of the weak sales of the Wii U, but also because by then the 3DS is already past it's peak and dropped down considerably.

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yo33331 (on 04 August 2019)

well we are looking at 90M total sales here, switch I think will pass it, if continue to keep good pace

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JRPGfan (on 05 August 2019)

for some reason I assumed the Switch would be ahead by now vs 3ds+WiiU.

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tak13 (on 04 August 2019)

Did you know guys that the whole difference in total sales of Ns vs 3DS+WIIU comparison, originates from the sales gap between 3ds and NS in Japan? NS has replaced both 3ds and wii u in the west with tremendous success, but in Japan it has only replaced 3ds and not to such a great extend, hence the NS lite.

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The_Liquid_Laser (on 05 August 2019)

The gap between the two curves looks to be at its widest last year. This year the gap is narrowing. Considering the 3DS and Wii U peaked early, I expect the gap to totally close and the Switch to pass them soon and never look back. Also the 3DS had a price cut its first year, but the Switch hasn't had one yet. (I guess the Switch Lite will count as the first type of price cut.) If 3DS + Wii U is 90m total, then expect the Switch to sell far above that.

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