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Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison – Switch Lead Explodes in May 2020

Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison – Switch Lead Explodes in May 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 10 June 2020 / 4,284 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 Sales Comparison – Switch Lead Explodes in May 2020

Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison – Switch Lead Explodes in May 2020

Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison – Switch Lead Explodes in May 2020

Switch Vs. 3DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,337,189 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 10,376,575 - Switch

Total Lead: 15,400,667 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 57,517,946

3DS Total Sales: 42,117,279

May 2020 is the 39th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 1.34 million units when compared to the 3DS during the same timeframe and by 10.38 million units in favor of the Switch in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 15.40 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 39th month for the Nintendo Switch is May 2020 and for the Nintendo 3DS it is May 2014. The Switch has sold 57.52 million units, while the 3DS sold 42.12 million units during the same timeframe.

The Nintendo 3DS has sold 75.22 million units to date. The Nintendo Switch is currently 17.70 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
trunkswd (on 10 June 2020)

I'll keep doing this chart until the Switch outsells lifetime 3DS sales.

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Maluigi trunkswd (on 10 June 2020)

Maybe a bit longer? The gap is interesting.

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Bofferbrauer2 trunkswd (on 10 June 2020)

So basically until the end of this FY.

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Maluigi (on 10 June 2020)

A lifetime for Switch similar to 3DS would mean a Switch until 2026.

Thank you for this Chart. The Switch will easily surpass the 100M.

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Eagle367 (on 10 June 2020)

By the end of this year, switch will not only surpass 3ds sales but be far ahead

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PAOerfulone (on 10 June 2020)

Put a fork in it, gentlemen. This one’s over.

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trunkswd PAOerfulone (on 10 June 2020)

I'll keep doing this chart until the Switch outsells lifetime 3DS sales.

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TheBraveGallade (on 10 June 2020)

"its over 3ds, I have the high ground"

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Maluigi TheBraveGallade (on 11 June 2020)

,,No!‘‘

So Obi-Wan-Switch cutted the 3DS-Legs.

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DaAndy (on 11 June 2020)

I would be really curious to see Switch -vs- GBA (for like the first 3 years on market), because GBA in its short lifespan managed to sell really a lot of consoles. But i guess we dont have the data needed. I still can not imagine how GBA sold like 81 million when NDS launched only like 3.5-4 years after GBA. Of course GBA was not at 81 million units right then, but still its live was kinda short. e.g. Japan: GBA sold like a bit more than 4 million units in Japan 2004+2005+2006+2007 combined. Lifetime (till end of 2007) it sold around 15.3 million units. So it was like launch untill End of 2003 roughly 11.3 million units. It launched in March 2001. So it was 11.3 million units in 34 month. In the same time frame Switch sold 11.4 million units in Japan. But GBA Japan 2004 was just 2.5 million units. So right now Switch is quite far ahead, already.

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RolStoppable DaAndy (on 11 June 2020)

The GBA had shipped 51.40m by March 31st 2004, but its launch was staggered and not global like the Switch's. Switch shipments reached 55.77m by March 31st 2020.

The GBA was at 66.79m by March 2005. Switch is projected to reach 74.77m by March 2021.

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