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Switch vs 3DS in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – October 2019

Switch vs 3DS in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – October 2019 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 December 2019 / 2,946 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 in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – October 2019

Switch vs 3DS in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – October 2019 

Switch Vs. 3DS Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 470,654 – 3DS

Gap change over last 12 months: 959,537 – 3DS

Total Lead: 3,149,900 - 3DS

Switch Total Sales: 9,902,896

3DS Total Sales: 13,052,796

October 2019 is the 32nd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Japan. During the latest month the 3DS increased its lead over the Switch by 470,654 units and by 959,537 units in the last 12 months. The 3DS is currently ahead of the Switch by 3.15 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) and the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch in its first 32 months has sold 9.90 million units, while the 3DS sold 13.05 million units.

The 3DS has sold 24.56 million units lifetime in Japan through October 2019. The Switch is currently 14.66 million units behind the lifetime sales of the 3DS.

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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aris4me (on 02 December 2019)

Switch gonna get it ;)

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h2ohno (on 02 December 2019)

"Total Lead: 3,149,900 - Wii"


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SwitchUP (on 02 December 2019)

This will be a good one to watch. I think the switch has a shot. I know the 3ds had some amazing years there, but the switch will have about 4.5 million this year. Next year will be around the same.

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PAOerfulone (on 02 December 2019)

The Switch should start closing the gap next year. 3DS dropped drastically after its 3rd year. In Japan it went from 5 million to ~3.2 million. The Switch should easily top that mark with Animal Crossing, the Lite's first full year, and other surprises waiting in the wings.

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DaAndy PAOerfulone (on 03 December 2019)

Yeah, 3DS (first 3 years were btw. 4.3, 5.5 and 5.1 million) then dropped to 3.2 million (which still is very good!), 2.1 million, 1.9 million, 1.7 million. It sold basically the "same" amount of units in its 5th, 6th and 7th year. Thats huge in my opinion. So yes, it maybe dropped a bit hard from year 3 to 4, but the later hold was very good. I am not sure Switch can maintain these numbers so long. But yes, probably it will get close in a few years. ;)

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DaAndy (on 03 December 2019)

Wow, thank you for the Charts. I just recently mentioned i wish there was a chart Switch -vs- 3DS in japan and now its here. :D 3DS in Japan was selling very very good, 24.5 million units is huge. However, Switch absolutely has the potential to get close to it. This one will be a nice race later. :)

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