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Switch vs 3DS in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – March 2020

Switch vs 3DS in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – March 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 May 2020 / 2,763 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 – March 2020

Switch vs 3DS in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – March 2020

Switch Vs. 3DS Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 784,181 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 971,320 – Switch

Total Lead: 2,001,585 – 3DS

Switch Total Sales: 13,245,090

3DS Total Sales: 15,246,675

March 2020 is the 37th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Japan. During the latest month the Switch closed the gap to the 3DS by 784,181 units. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the 3DS by 971,320 units units. The 3DS is currently ahead of the Switch by 2.00 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 36 months has sold 13.25 million units, while the 3DS sold 15.35 million units.

The 3DS has sold 24.60 million units lifetime in Japan through March 2020. The Switch is currently 11.35 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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10 Comments
UnderwaterFunktown (on 25 April 2020)

And so a steep climb begins. The Switch definitely seems like it will cover a lot of ground this year. I could see it taking the lead in January perhaps.

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It will certainly take sometime, but the 3DS was very frontloaded and seeing the boost in Switch sales I see the Switch selling a lot longer and better than the 3DS. Switch will very likely outsell the 3DS everywhere around the world.

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trunkswd (on 25 April 2020)

When do you all think the Switch will catch up and outsell the 3DS in the aligned chart and lifetime sales?

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siebensus4 trunkswd (on 25 April 2020)

I bet safe and say holidays 2021 ^^

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Chicho trunkswd (on 25 April 2020)

Q2 2021

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LatiosGames (on 25 April 2020)

the tables have turned

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trunkswd LatiosGames (on 25 April 2020)

March was an insane month for the Switch.

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LatiosGames LatiosGames (on 25 April 2020)

yeah it was but I feel that this might be the point where the gap closes and the switch begins to over take the 3ds in japan. when this happens the switch will pass the GBA, the SNES, the NES, and the PSP along with the 3DS

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trunkswd LatiosGames (on 25 April 2020)

I agree it is very likely the gap continues to close from here in out.

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Ryng (on 25 April 2020)

Switch is coming for that ass...

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