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Switch vs 3DS and Wii U Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Tops 6 Million in July 2020

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Tops 6 Million in July 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 16 August 2020 / 2,975 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 Nintendo Switch sales with the combined Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U sales.

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U Sales Comparison - July 2020

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U Sales Comparison - July 2020

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U Sales Comparison - July 2020

Switch Vs. 3DS and Wii U Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,428,508 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 10,075,426 – Switch

Total Lead: 6,329,006 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 62,078,875

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 55,749,869

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 1.43 million units when compared to the combined sales of the 3DS and Wii U during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the gap has grown in favor of the Switch by 10.08 million units. The Switch leads by 6.33 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), the Wii U launched in November 2012, and the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The holiday periods between the Switch and 3DS lineup, however, the Wii U holiday is offset from the Switch.

The 41st month for the Nintendo Switch is July 2020, for the Nintendo 3DS it is July 2014 and for the Wii U it is March 2016. The Switch has sold 62.08 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 55.75 million units during the same timeframe.

The 3DS and Wii U have sold 89.33 million units lifetime through July 2020. The Switch is 27.25 million units behind the 3DS and Wii U. The Wii U has been off the market for several years only selling 13.56 million units lifetime, while the 3DS has sold 75.77 million units to date and is now selling 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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8 Comments
The_Liquid_Laser (on 17 August 2020)

Gap change over the last 12 months = 10m. This isn't a contest anymore.

  • +5
Ryng (on 16 August 2020)

yeah but it's still selling less than Wii and DS combined so it's a flop.

  • +5
RolStoppable Ryng (on 17 August 2020)

Wow. What a hater.

  • 0
YanisFromFrance Ryng (on 17 August 2020)

This is stupid , PlayStation has only the PS4 in the market so this is a flop no ?

  • 0
The_Liquid_Laser Ryng (on 17 August 2020)

I really think there needs to be a Switch vs PS4 + Vita chart.

  • +1
siebensus4 Ryng (on 17 August 2020)

Hahahaha, great sarcasm! That's how people think about Nintendo. Sales can't be good enough...

  • +3
Mnementh Ryng (on 18 August 2020)

PS4+Vita vs. Wii+DS chart should be interesting. And the upcoming PS5 vs. PS4+Vita-chart.

  • 0
Eagle367 (on 16 August 2020)

Of course the switch wins this. I just hope somehows the switch sells more than DS and PS2, however unlikely that is.

  • +1