Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison – Switch Lead Continues to Grow in June 2020

Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison – Switch Lead Continues to Grow in June 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 13 July 2020 / 1,747 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 Continues to Grow June 2020

Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison – Switch Lead Continues to Grow June 2020

Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison – Switch Lead Continues to Grow June 2020

Switch Vs. 3DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,116,386 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 11,540,711 - Switch

Total Lead: 16,690,474 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 59,318,752

3DS Total Sales: 42,628,278

June 2020 is the 40th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 1.12 million units when compared to the 3DS during the same timeframe and by 11.54 million units in favor of the Switch in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 16.69 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 40th month for the Nintendo Switch is June 2020 and for the Nintendo 3DS it is June 2014. The Switch has sold 59.32 million units, while the 3DS sold 42.63 million units during the same timeframe.

The Nintendo 3DS has sold 75.31 million units to date. The Nintendo Switch is currently 15.99 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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6 Comments

Slownenberg (on 13 July 2020)

Wow, only half way through its lifecycle and already 16+ million ahead of a system that sold 75 million.


xMetroid (on 13 July 2020)

Switch really isn't looking back. It will soon have 20 million lead.


siebensus4 (on 13 July 2020)

And 3DS is called a success... This puts the success of Switch to a whole new level...


Pokzed (on 14 July 2020)

3DS can be considered as a success only in Japan. Worldwide, launch was a failure, forcing Nintendo to lower the price of the console by 30% just 4 months after its release. This avoided a commercial disaster, but 75 millions in a lifecycle of 6 years stays pretty mediocre (in terms of Nintendo's handheld history).


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icykai (on 13 July 2020)

Was there really any doubt it wouldn't pass it?


pikashoe (on 15 July 2020)

I've seen a few people that still doubt that the switch can pass 100 million. If the switch sells at the same speed as the 3ds for the rest of its life it'll manage over 90 million. I think it's safe to say that it will continue outselling the 3ds for a long time so 100 million seems like the lowest it can sell.