Switch vs 3DS and Wii U – VGChartz Gap Charts – January 2020

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 February 2020 / 2,363 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: 924,034 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,220,821 – Switch

Total Lead: 3,163 – 3DS and Wii U

Switch Total Sales: 50,512,696

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 50,515,859

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 923,034 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 3.22 million units. The Switch has nearly closed the gap and is now just 3,163 units behind.

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 50.51 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 50.52 million units during the same timeframe.

The 3DS and Wii U sold 88.68 million units lifetime through January 2020. The Switch needs to sell another 38.17 million units to outsell the 3DS and Wii U. The Wii U has been off the market for a few years, while the 3DS is still on the market. However, 3DS sales have shrunk considerably and is only selling a few thousand units per week.


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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2 Comments

xMetroid (on 17 February 2020)

The beginning of the end for 3DS+WiiU.


ironmanDX (on 17 February 2020)

They put up an admirable fight, well the 3DS did anyway.


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