Switch vs 3DS and Wii U in the US Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Nears 3 Million in June 2020

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U in the US Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Nears 3 Million in June 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 August 2020 / 2,884 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 - June 2020

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U in the US Sales Comparison - June 2020

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U in the US Sales Comparison - June 2020

Switch Vs. 3DS and Wii U USA:

Gap change in latest month: 325,137 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,221,290 - Switch

Total Lead: 2,922,364 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 20,519,720

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 17,597,356

June 2020 is the 40th 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 325,137 units. In the last 12 months the gap has grown in favor of the Switch by 3.22 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS and Wii U by 2.92 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 40th month for the Nintendo Switch is June 2020, for the Nintendo 3DS it is June 2014 and for the Wii U it is February 2016. The Switch has sold 20.52 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 17.60 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS and Wii U did not reach current Switch sales until month 50, when they sold a combined 20.52 million units.

The 3DS and Wii U have sold a combined 28.87 million units in the US. The Switch is currently 8.35 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 5,000 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

Bofferbrauer2 (on 25 July 2020)

Well, looks like the Switch has already about one year lead over the duo, a gap that will continue to rise very quickly.


Bofferbrauer2 (on 25 July 2020)

Considering how the Switch now starts to fight back against the 3DS in Japan despite the latter being one of the bestselling consoles there, I think a comparison of Switch vs 3DS+Wii U in Japan would be more appropriate


UnderwaterFunktown (on 25 July 2020)

Or alternatives a comparison with 3DS + Vita in Japan to see if it can match the combined handheld sales of last gen. Might be the Vita's one chance to actually be in a chart.


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Bofferbrauer2 (on 26 July 2020)

I agree, that one may be very interesting, too.


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