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Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - DS Lead Grows Slightly in August 2020

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - DS Lead Grows Slightly in August 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 11 September 2020 / 3,333 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 DS.

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - DS Lead Grows Slightly in August 2020

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - DS Lead Grows Slightly in August 2020

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - DS Lead Grows Slightly in August 2020

Switch Vs. DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 92,549 - DS

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,843,627 - DS

Total Lead: 7,531,201 - DS

Switch Total Sales: 63,403,962

DS Total Sales: 70,935,163

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 DS by 92,549 units when compared to the Switch during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the DS has outsold the Switch by 2.84 million units. The DS is ahead of the Switch by 7.53 million units.

The DS launched in November 2004 in North America, December 2004 in Japan, and March 2005 in Europe, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, which is why there are big increases and decreases.

The 42nd month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is August 2020, while for the DS it is April 2008. The Switch has sold 63.40 million units, while the DS sold 70.94 million units during the same timeframe.

The Nintendo DS sold 154.02 million units lifetime. The Nintendo Switch is currently 90.62 million units behind the lifetime sales of the DS.


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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6 Comments
AFattyGamer (on 12 September 2020)

Nintendo is beast. Never count out the underdog :D. Will Nintendo Switch catch Sony PS2, the best selling console to date, 155+ million? We'll see. These next 4 years of gaming will be interesting. Sony PS5 predicted to outpace Sony PS2 according to analysts, interesting times for Nintendo and Sony :D!!

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Slownenberg (on 11 September 2020)

Switch looking amazing so far compared to DS's 154 million sales chart.

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Ryng (on 13 September 2020)

DS sales from 2006 to 2010 were fucking crazy. However, they dropped like a rock in 2011: from 19 million to barely 6 million. Then it only sold 3 million after that.
It literally sold less than 10 million after 2010. I don't see Switch dropping like this, which mean it has a chance of recover and close the gap DS created the first years. It really all depends when Nintendo release Switch 2, if 2023 is the date then no chance, if it release in 2024 or after i honestly can see Switch winning this.

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YanisFromFrance (on 11 September 2020)

The Nintendo Switch is just insane , Sony and Xbox never did this (the PS2 is an exception)

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Amnesia (on 11 September 2020)

There will be a contact between the two lines at the end of December.

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xMetroid (on 11 September 2020)

Switch should be able to gain in the next couple months, Should be close to surpass it but i don't think it will be able to do it.

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