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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 September 2019 / 3,484 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 and Wii U Global:

Gap change in latest month: 133,625 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 813,405 – Switch

Total Lead: 3,729,990 – 3DS and Wii U

Switch Total Sales: 36,213,574

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 39,943,564

July 2019 is the 29th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 133,625 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 Switch by 813,405 units. The 3DS and Wii U is currently ahead of the Switch by 3.73 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 36.21 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 39.94 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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HylianSwordsman (on 03 September 2019)

The 2DS launches in 3 more months from the 3DS' perspective on this chart. That only netted an additional 9 and a half million or so though, so not a huge impact. Lite will probably be considerably bigger than that.

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curl-6 (on 03 September 2019)

The Wii U won't be contributing much from this point in the graph on. I can't recall exactly but I think in 2015-2017 it sold all of like 3-4 million

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Cerebralbore101 (on 03 September 2019)

The way I see it Switch is in the lead right now. A good 5-10 million people that bought both a 3DS and a Wii U, now only have to buy a Switch. So considering that, Switch is ahead.

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HylianSwordsman Cerebralbore101 (on 03 September 2019)

Ah right! Some people own both and thus are counted double on the 3DS+WiiU side, while nearly every Switch sale is going to be to a unique owner. That'll change a bit once the Lite releases, but the same could be said for the New 3DS. Thus far this is essentially one piece of hardware versus 2 or 3, depending on how you count the 3DSXL. And while the 1 piece of Switch hardware will soon increase to 2 with the Lite, the 2 or 3 3DS+WiiU hardware pieces will eventually become much more, as much as 6, depending on how you count the New models and 2DS models, but at the very least 3. Meanwhile the Lite will probably sell largely to a different audience than the main Switch, while the New 3DS was meant to be an upgrade sold to the same audience, so that will increase the 3DS+WiiU's double dipping factor even further.

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thomas995 (on 03 September 2019)

Catching up, bit by bit. So impressive for the Switch.

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ABizzel1 thomas995 (on 03 September 2019)

It's a basically combination of the two, so it's good that it is keeping pace sales wise with both combined as well.

The handheld market received a hit last-gen with the 3DS, so to see the Switch tracking close to the 3DS + Wii U (even though Wii U was a failure) is slightly more promising. Hopefully, it continues and show strong sales for the Switch ending around 80m - 100m sold.

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