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Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison – Switch Closes the Gap in June 2020

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison – Switch Closes the Gap in June 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 July 2020 / 2,815 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 Japanese sales of the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS.

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison – June 2020

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison – June 2020

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison – June 2020

Switch Vs. 3DS Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 242,009 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,431,466 - Switch

Total Lead: 1,720,997 - 3DS

Switch Total Sales: 13,950,185

3DS Total Sales: 15,671,182

June 2020 is the 40th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Japan. During the latest month, the Switch closed the gap to the 3DS by 242,09 units. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the 3DS by 1.43 million units. The 3DS is currently ahead of the Switch by 1.72 million units.

The 3DS launched in February 2011 in Japan and the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. This does mean the normal holiday periods and the Japanese Golden Week holiday for the two consoles are off by one month.

The 40th month for the Switch is June 2020, while for the 3DS it is May 2014. The Switch has sold 13.95 million units, while the 3DS sold 15.67 million units during the same timeframe.

The 3DS has sold 24.61 million units lifetime in Japan through May 2020. The Switch is currently 10.66 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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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UnderwaterFunktown (on 17 July 2020)

Switch has been cathing up fast this year. Since it is one month "ahead" compared to the 3DS I think the lines will meet by December of this year.

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DaAndy (on 17 July 2020)

Switch will pass 3DS probably Q1-Q2 next year, so it will still need some time. 3DS is selling 2.4 Million more units next 7 Month (year end 2014) and will be at roughly 18 million then. Switch needs 3.8 million for that. I really dont expect Switch to have an >6 million 2020 in japan. But in 12 Month 3DS is at "only" 18.71 million. So Switch "only" needs roughly 4.5 million for it during next 12 month. Thats kinda possible.

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Slownenberg (on 17 July 2020)

Switch should power through the 3DS around 18 million, and never look back.

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siebensus4 (on 17 July 2020)

Seems that 3DS was a bit more front loaded than Switch.

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