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Switch vs 3DS and Wii U in the US Sales Comparison – Switch Lead Expands in May 2020

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U in the US Sales Comparison – Switch Lead Expands in May 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 22 June 2020 / 2,996 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 US Nintendo Switch sales with the combined Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U sales.

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U in the US Sales Comparison – May 2020

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U in the US Sales Comparison – May 2020

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U in the US Sales Comparison – Switch Lead Expands in May 2020

Switch Vs. 3DS and Wii U USA:

Gap change in latest month: 531,077 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,882,416 - Switch

Total Lead: 2,597,227 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 19,980,811

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 17,383,584

May 2020 is the 39th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in the US. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch when compared to the combined sales of the 3DS and Wii U during the same timeframe by 531,077 units. In the last 12 months the gap has grown in favor of the Switch by 2.88 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS and Wii U by 2.60 million units.

The 3DS launched in March 2011 in the US and the Wii U launched in November 2012, while the Nintendo Switch launched 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 19.98 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 17.38 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS and Wii U did not reach current Switch sales until month 48, when they sold a combined 20.07 million units.

The 3DS and Wii U have sold a combined 28.86 million units in the US. The Switch is currently 8.88 million units behind. 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 selling well 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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12 Comments
Bofferbrauer2 (on 22 June 2020)

So if I look at the US sales from last year, then it's possible that the Switch will pass the duo in December already. And even if it can't reach that, then it will be just behind the Wii U/3DS couple.

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RolStoppable Bofferbrauer2 (on 22 June 2020)

The months up until May 2020 are all included here. There's no way Switch will sell 8.88m in the remaining seven months of 2020.

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Bofferbrauer2 Bofferbrauer2 (on 22 June 2020)

How much did the Switch sell last year in the US and how many had been sold YTD?

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RolStoppable Bofferbrauer2 (on 22 June 2020)

Sold about 6m in 2019, you can take that from the graph. Was under 1.5m during the first five months of 2019.

2020 is at 3m through the first five months, but Switch won't maintain 100% year over year growth throughout 2020. It would need 100% to close the current gap of 8.88m completely. 100% year over year for the full year would be 12m of which 3m are already in the books. But 9m in the remaining seven months isn't going to happen. Not even the Wii's peak year was that high.

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Bofferbrauer2 Bofferbrauer2 (on 22 June 2020)

Yeah, I mislooked and saw 12 instead of 6M and thus thought it could be possible, my bad.

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javi741 (on 22 June 2020)

The 3DS+Wii U sales could comeback. Nintendo already released all their major franchises on the Switch already so most people interested in it already purchased one and the Switch's 3rd Party support will come to a halt once the Xbox SX and PS5 release, which will completely kill the Switch in power spec and graphics once they release. The Switch is in big trouble once they release, It's still in the air whether the Switch could even hit 80M. The Gamecube had a good start and look what happened.

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siebensus4 javi741 (on 22 June 2020)

Uh, no. It's given that Switch will hit 100M worldwide, otherwise sales must drop faster than Wii, which is not very probable. XSX and PS5 won't have a huge impact on Nintendo, just like the current gen.

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Bofferbrauer2 javi741 (on 23 June 2020)

Switch is selling out faster than they are restocked with nothing big on the horizon. It's heavy hitters are out for the most part, but guess what? They are also selling by the million every year since they're real evergreens, so they continue to push sales to this day.

Besides, there are still some big games that had been announced: Breath of the Wild 2, Metroid Prime 4, Bayonetta 3, a Detective Pikachu game, a Paper Mario is coming next month, Pokemon Snap later this year.

And that's just from Nintendo themselves. The recent announcement of EA to bring 7 games to the Switch shows that the success of the Console is too big for the big publishers to ignore anymore and are jumping onboard now one by one to not miss the hype train.

Gamecube had much worse start and struggled in it's second year already. Switch is in it's 4th year and still rising. Your comparison really doesn't match or make sense.

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Mnementh javi741 (on 23 June 2020)

Look at the graph. The strongest sales for the 3DS-WiiU combo are already over. Their sales are already slowing down. So a comeback is unlikely, Switch would've to fall off a cliff. As PS4 and XB1 are already so much more powerful than Switch one would assume Switch sales already slowing down. But they actually increase. Going forward you could assume Nintendo has fired most of their important IPs, so a slow decline is possible, but it seems highly unlikely that Switch will suddenly stop selling. As WiiU+3DS already started slowing down, it should be easy for Switch to stay ahead.

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RolStoppable javi741 (on 23 June 2020)

I have sarcasm detectors to sell and it looks like demand for them is sky-high.

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Eagle367 javi741 (on 23 June 2020)

You have to be joking hahahaha. The switch is crossing the Wii whether you like it or not. The cliff isn't coming mate

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javi741 javi741 (on 23 June 2020)

Lol guys don't take it seriously, I was just mocking all the Switch/Nintendo Doomsday predictions. No way the Switch sells anything short of 100M.

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