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Switch vs 3DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – January 2020

Switch vs 3DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – January 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 10 February 2020 / 3,650 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: 1,164,634 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 6,477,496 - Switch

Total Lead: 10,254,950 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 50,512,696

3DS Total Sales: 40,257,746

January 2020 is the 35th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 1.26 million units when compared to the 3DS during the same timeframe and by 6.48 million units in favor of the Switch in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 10.25 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 50.51 million units, while the 3DS sold 40.26 million units during the same timeframe.

The Nintendo 3DS has sold 75.12 million units to date. The Nintendo Switch is currently 24.61 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 wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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12 Comments
Mr.GameCrazy (on 10 February 2020)

Man, the Switch is doing great! At this rate, it will definitely outsell the 3DS!

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Eagle367 Mr.GameCrazy (on 10 February 2020)

At this rate, it will definitely outsell the Wii even

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Mr.GameCrazy Mr.GameCrazy (on 11 February 2020)

I hope so. It deserves it!

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Cerebralbore101 (on 10 February 2020)

At this rate 85 million lifetime sales is an absolute lock. Almost nothing could stop Switch from reaching that. 100 million is pretty probably too.

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icykai (on 10 February 2020)

Switch wont pass 3DS.

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Mr.GameCrazy icykai (on 10 February 2020)

What makes you think that will be the case? I think the Switch is selling too fast for it to not pass the 3DS.

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Mnementh icykai (on 10 February 2020)

Well, you're right. As Switch sales never were below 3DS they will never pass the 3DS-line.

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Amnesia icykai (on 10 February 2020)

There is only ONE scenario where this is possible: if the virus transmission explodes in every countries with 1 billion dead worldwide at the end of 2020.

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OTBWY icykai (on 10 February 2020)

The Switch will magically stop selling right before the 3DS LT line. Reasons? We dont need no reason round here.

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icykai icykai (on 10 February 2020)

I'm glad to see people grew up to understand sarcasm.

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Eagle367 icykai (on 10 February 2020)

Do you think it's opposite day?

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Coolback icykai (on 11 February 2020)

Isn't Sarcasm, you just zero.

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