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Switch vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – November 2019

Switch vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – November 2019 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 16 December 2019 / 3,455 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 DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – December 2019

Switch vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – December 2019

Switch Vs. DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 2,138,000 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 5,264,929 - DS

Total Lead: 3,087,328 - DS

Switch Total Sales: 44,771,334

DS Total Sales: 47,858,662

November 2019 is the 33rd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 2.14 million units when compared to the DS during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months the DS has outsold the Switch by 5.26 million units. The DS leads by 3.09 million units.

The DS launched in November 2004 in North America, December 2004 in Japan and March 2005 in Europe, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 44.77 million units, while the DS sold 47.86 million units during the same timeframe.

The 33rd month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is November 2019, while for the DS it is July 2007.


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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15 Comments
DaAndy (on 16 December 2019)

Nintendo DS sold 6 million units in the next 3 months, August-Oktober 2007, 4 more million in November 2007 and about 6 million in December 2007 (these are so amazing numbers...). So I assume Switch will take a lead for 3 month now, then fall back again and likely will never ever catch up again.

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yo33331 DaAndy (on 16 December 2019)

I agree

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PAOerfulone (on 16 December 2019)

The Switch did incredibly well to stay in the fight for this long. But after this holiday season, I’m afraid this battle will be all over.

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javi741 (on 16 December 2019)

Pretty good that Switch is staying competitive with the DS. But the DS didn't really explode in sales until Holiday 2006 where it began selling an insane 30 million units per year. Unless Switch out of nowhere explodes in sales going into 2020 like the DS did (Which I Highly doubt), then the DS will leave the Switch in the dust

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Eagle367 javi741 (on 17 December 2019)

It would be kinda awesome if it did. I secretly hope one of Nintendo's consoles cross the DS lifetime

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curl-6 (on 16 December 2019)

Considering DS sold over 150 million lifetime, I'd say Switch is holding up quite well.

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Eagle367 (on 17 December 2019)

When I read the title I was confused. Please correct it

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siebensus4 (on 16 December 2019)

Title says "December", but it's obviously November.

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Marth (on 16 December 2019)

Switch is fighting back. But this is going to be an insane uphill battle.

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Mnementh Marth (on 16 December 2019)

Nah, currently we see the effect of the different times the devices enter the holidays. As Switch has it's holidays, it can close the gap, but it will be brutal once DS reaches it's own holidays. If you look at the slow period for both, you see DS January/Feburary was much better than Switchs May/June. That says the Switch has no chance anymore.

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yo33331 Marth (on 16 December 2019)

in the best case scenario, switch's best periods of the year a.k.a. november - january the same as the worst periods of ds's sales which are in july august/february

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The_Liquid_Laser Marth (on 16 December 2019)

If Switch catches up, it won't be until after the 6 year mark.

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Barkley Marth (on 17 December 2019)

Yep, we're getting to the year where DS went from selling 20.7m in 2006 and then exploded to 29.5m in 2007, Switch will briefly overtake the DS after december, but when DS takes it back it'll never look back.

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Podings (on 17 December 2019)

Compared to where the Switch is now, at this time in the life of the DS, the DSlite had been out for a year, and together with the freshly launched Wii, they were the talk of the town. Nintendo's "clean and white as an iPod"-look was hitting home with the entire planet, and in 2008 and 2009 combined they sold over one hundred million game systems.

If the Switch lite and Pokémon Sword/Shield can propel Nintendo to that kind of market position again, I'd be very impressed, but to start out with, just beating the DS -OR- the Wii individually would be a niceplace for the Switch brand to be.

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DaAndy Podings (on 17 December 2019)

Yeah, 2008 and 2009 had been absolutely unbelievable Years for Nintendo. I dont think any company in video game business ever (or lets say in the next 20 years^^) again will reach those hardware numbers with game consoles in such a short period of time. 100 million units in just 2 years was absolutely ... wow ... speechless^^

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