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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 16 June 2020 / 3,491 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 Nintendo Switch sales with the combined Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U sales.

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

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

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

Switch Vs. 3DS and Wii U Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,307,190 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 6,921,707 – Switch

Total Lead: 3,096,258 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 57,632,367

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 54,536,109

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 1.31 million 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 6.92 million units. The Switch leads by 3.10 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), the Wii U launched in November 2012, and the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The holiday periods between the Switch and 3DS lineup, however, the Wii U holiday is offset from the Switch.

The 39th month for the Nintendo Switch is May 2020, for the Nintendo 3DS it is May 2014 and for the Wii U it is January 2016. The Switch has sold 57.63 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 54.54 million units during the same timeframe.

The 3DS and Wii U have sold 88.84 million units lifetime through March 2020. The Switch is 31.21 million units behind the 3DS and Wii U. The Wii U has been off the market for several years only selling 13.56 million units lifetime, while the 3DS has sold 75.28 million units to date and is now selling under 10,000 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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4 Comments
Mati_Intrieri (on 16 June 2020)

So, unifying both markets is officialy a good decision.

  • +23
xMetroid Mati_Intrieri (on 16 June 2020)

Not only that but we also see it with software. Teams have less pressure and more freedom for the game and it actually shows a lot in the numbers too. This is one of their best move.

  • +3
siebensus4 (on 16 June 2020)

It was a bit risky for Nintendo to have only one platform instead of two, but it paid out. They would have been in real trouble if Switch would have flopped... This chart alone shows that Switch can be classified as a success.

  • +5
Slownenberg (on 20 June 2020)

Welp, Switch will never go behind 3DS + WiiU from here on out. Already has a sizable lead, with Switch sales exploding, and looking at the chart this is when 3DS + WiiU sales start slowing down. Won't take too long until Switch has a 10+ million lead.

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