Switch vs 3DS and Wii U in the US Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Grows in August 2020

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U in the US Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Grows in August 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 22 September 2020 / 2,148 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 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 - Switch Lead Grows in August 2020

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U in the US Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Grows in August 2020

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U in the US Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Grows in August 2020

Switch Vs. 3DS and Wii U USA:

Gap change in latest month: 380,526 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,759,583 - Switch

Total Lead: 3,539,837 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 21,428,833

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 17,888,996

August 2020 is the 42nd 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 380,526 units. In the last 12 months, the gap has grown in favor of the Switch by 3.76 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS and Wii U by 3.54 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 42nd month for the Nintendo Switch is August 2020, for the Nintendo 3DS it is August 2014 and for the Wii U it is April 2016. The Switch has sold 21.43 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 17.89 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS and Wii U did not reach current Switch sales until month 57, when they sold a combined 21.56 million units.

The 3DS and Wii U have sold a combined 29.19 million units in the US. The Switch is currently 7.76 million units behind. The Wii U has been off the market for a few years, while the 3DS is still on the market. 3DS production has ended, however, the handheld is still selling around 1,000 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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2 Comments

Eagle367 (on 22 September 2020)

15 months ahead. Yeah the switch will win this easy. I hope the switch continues to sell like crazy maybe with 2021 even outselling 2020


Bofferbrauer2 (on 22 September 2020)

The way it's going, having a comparison Switch vs 3DS+Wii U in Japan might be interesting if you don't want to go straight to DS as next opponent.