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Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Tops 19 Million in July 2020

Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Tops 19 Million in July 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 11 August 2020 / 3,047 Views

The VGChartz sales comparison series of articles are updated monthly and each one focuses on a different sales comparison using our estimated video game hardware figures. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation platforms, as well as comparisons within the 8th generation. There are articles based on our worldwide estimates, as well as the US, Europe, and Japan.

This monthly series compares the aligned worldwide sales of the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS.

Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Tops 19 Million in July 2020

Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Tops 19 Million in July 2020

Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Tops 19 Million in July 2020

Switch Vs. 3DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,570,782 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 13,545,980 - Switch

Total Lead: 19,011,754 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 62,078,875

3DS Total Sales: 43,067,121

July 2020 is the 41st month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 1.57 million units when compared to the 3DS during the same timeframe and by 13.55 million units in favor of the Switch in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 19.01 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 41st month for the Nintendo Switch is July 2020 and for the Nintendo 3DS it is July 2014. The Switch has sold 62.08 million units, while the 3DS sold 43.07 million units during the same timeframe.

The Nintendo 3DS has sold 75.76 million units to date. The Nintendo Switch is currently 13.68 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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Slownenberg (on 11 August 2020)

Switch is gonna make the combined 3DS + Wii U sales of ~89 million look like child's play.
By January there will be no point incomparing Switch to 3DS anymore because Switch will have already sold more lifetime.

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MasonADC (on 11 August 2020)

I remember there was a poster who was adamant about the switch stopping at 60 million, still saying it even at early 2019. I wonder how hes doing now

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DaAndy (on 11 August 2020)

August till December (5 Month) 2019 switch sold about 13.6 million units globally. if it will repeat those numbers it will be at about 75.6 million units then and basically get even with the 3DS lifetime sales. I guess we can say for sure at the very very latest Switch will pass 3DS Q1 2021. But the numbers switch pulls at the moment (Switch sold something like 7 million in the last 3 month!!!) it should pass 3DS still in 2020. It really seems like 2020 will be like 25-27 million switches globally. absolutely insane...

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PAOerfulone (on 11 August 2020)

It may very well pass the 3DS’ lifetime totals by the end of the year.

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UnderwaterFunktown (on 11 August 2020)

Switch looks like its headed for space.

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siebensus4 (on 11 August 2020)

Switch's 4th year is one for the history books.

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INCITATUSBR (on 11 August 2020)

80mi is guaranteed for Switch then.

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xMetroid INCITATUSBR (on 11 August 2020)

It has more chance of reaching 80 millions this year than LT tbh

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Eagle367 INCITATUSBR (on 12 August 2020)

110mil is pretty much guaranteed.

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Eagle367 (on 12 August 2020)

The switch may very well easily outsell 3DS by the end of the year, in less than 4 years. That's DS and Wii levels of insanity

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Mnementh (on 12 August 2020)

Woah, this holiday-like momentum in the midst of the year...
Yeah, 3DS-lifetime-sales will be probably met by the holidays.

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LatiosGames (on 11 August 2020)

The switch has basically a 30 month lead on the 3DS

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