Switch vs 3DS  VGChartz Gap Charts  April 2020

Switch vs 3DS VGChartz Gap Charts April 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 19 May 2020 / 1,457 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.

This monthly series compares the aligned worldwide sales of the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS.

Switch vs 3DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020

Switch vs 3DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020

Switch vs 3DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020

Switch Vs. 3DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 804,972 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 8,722,301 - Switch

Total Lead: 13,332,678 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 55,084,445

3DS Total Sales: 41,751,767

April 2020 is the 38th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 804,972 units when compared to the 3DS during the same timeframe and by 8.72 million units in favor of the Switch in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 13.33 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. This does mean the holidays for the two platforms do lineup.

The 38th month for the Nintendo Switch is April 2020 and for the Nintendo 3DS it is April 2014. The Switch has sold 55.08 million units, while the 3DS sold 41.75 million units during the same timeframe.

The Nintendo 3DS has sold 75.22 million units to date. The Nintendo Switch is currently 20.14 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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5 Comments

javi741 (on 19 May 2020)

Can't wait for the PS4 vs Switch gap chart, Im loving the new line graph that shows the entire continuation of a console's sales throughout it's life


xMetroid (on 19 May 2020)

Okay that's crazy how the Switch just keep going like this. The 3DS still reached 75 millions so Switch leading it with almost 14 millions is incredible. The fact Nintendo also said they want Switch to have a very long life cycle will push it far beyond the 3DS.


trunkswd (on 19 May 2020)

Even if Switch maintains the exact same lead it will sell 90 million lifetime. With it continuing to outsell 3DS when you align the sales, shows why so many people think the worst it will sell is 100 million.


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javi741 (on 19 May 2020)

Yea at this point I'm entirely sure the Switch will surpass 100M, no way it falls anywhere short of 100M.


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Mnementh (on 20 May 2020)

With this trajectory the Switch outsells the lifetime sales of the 3DS at month 55 latest. But with the holiday boost it might happen as early as month 46 or shortly thereafter.