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Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Nears 20 Million in August 2020

Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Nears 20 Million in August 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 09 September 2020 / 2,610 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 Nears 20 Million in August 2020

Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Nears 20 Million in August 2020

Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Nears 20 Million in August 2020

Switch Vs. 3DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,032,740 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 14,124,995 - Switch

Total Lead: 19,941,994 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 63,403,962

3DS Total Sales: 43,461,968

August 2020 is the 42nd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 1.03 million units when compared to the 3DS during the same timeframe and by 14.12 million units in favor of the Switch in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 19.94 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 42nd month for the Nintendo Switch is August 2020 and for the Nintendo 3DS it is August 2014. The Switch has sold 63.40 million units, while the 3DS sold 43.46 million units during the same timeframe.

The Nintendo 3DS has sold 75.78 million units to date. The Nintendo Switch is currently 12.38 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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7 Comments
The_Liquid_Laser (on 09 September 2020)

Those first couple of years were the 3DS's fastest time period for sales. Ironically, they were Switch's slowest time period.

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xMetroid (on 09 September 2020)

Just crazy, it will surpass the 3DS before the year is over isn't..

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trunkswd xMetroid (on 09 September 2020)

With current demand as high as it is, yes probably.

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javi741 (on 09 September 2020)

Well, this is clearly over. I think now it's possible that the Switch could surpass the 3DS's lifetime sales in UNITS SOLD, NOT EVEN SHIPPED by the end of 2020, meaning December 31st 2020. For the Switch to do that, the Switch needs to sell-through around 26-27Million units this calendar year which I think is definitely possible.

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Eagle367 (on 10 September 2020)

Could do it by the end of this year

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aris4me (on 09 September 2020)

Crazy! Unstoppable!

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pikashoe (on 10 September 2020)

No one can possibly deny that the switch will hit 100 million now.

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