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Switch vs 3DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – September 2019

Switch vs 3DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – September 2019 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 20 October 2019 / 2,821 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: 256,837 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 5,080,202 - Switch

Total Lead: 6,141,915 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 38,751,874

3DS Total Sales: 32,609,959

September 2019 is the 31st month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 256,837 units when compared to the 3DS during the same timeframe and by 5.08 million units in favor of the Switch in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 6.14 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 38.75 million units, while the 3DS sold 32.61 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 20 October 2019)

I really would have thought the gap would have expanded more this month, what with the Lite's release being so successful. There was nothing at this point in the 3DS' lifespan. No major games, no hardware revisions, and next month has X/Y and the 2DS, so hopefully Switch has a really great holiday.

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kenjab HylianSwordsman (on 20 October 2019)

This was the month Monster Hunter 4 came out for 3DS, and that seemed to move a lot of units

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HylianSwordsman HylianSwordsman (on 20 October 2019)

Oh that explains it, I was only looking at US releases. Yeah Monster Hunter, that would do it.

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The Switch losing Monster Hunter is the one thing that the 3DS has in its favour sales-wise. That and maybe the Youkai Watch sales when it was in its prime. Otherwise the Switch is going to consistently outsell the 3DS without difficulty.

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