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Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Continues to Grow in September 2020

Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Continues to Grow in September 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 12 October 2020 / 1,822 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 Continues to Grow in September 2020

Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Continues to Grow in September 2020

Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Continues to Grow in September 2020

Switch Vs. 3DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,629,129 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 15,661,390 - Switch

Total Lead: 21,764,138 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 65,713,911

3DS Total Sales: 43,949,773

September 2020 is the 43rd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 1.63 million units when compared to the 3DS during the same timeframe and by 15.66 million units in favor of the Switch in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 21.76 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 43rd month for the Nintendo Switch is September 2020 and for the Nintendo 3DS it is September 2014. The Switch has sold 65.71 million units, while the 3DS sold 43.95 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS did not reach current Switch sales until month 76.

The Nintendo 3DS has sold 75.81 million units to date. The Nintendo Switch is currently 10.1 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

javi741 (on 12 October 2020)

Lol say goodbye to this chart come December when the Switch outsells the 3DS, this isn't even comparable anymore.

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trunkswd (on 12 October 2020)

The plan is to continue this chart until the Switch outsells lifetime 3DS sales.

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ireadtabloids (on 13 October 2020)

The Japan Switch vs 3DS chart is still interesting. I hope you continue with that one.

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trunkswd (on 13 October 2020)

Switch vs 3DS in Japan will continue. Once the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S launch I plan to stop doing some of the current ones and add new ones using those systems.

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Darwinianevolution (on 12 October 2020)

Crazy to think the Switch is already that close to the total lifetime 3DS sales.

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AFattyGamer (on 12 October 2020)

Nintendo Switch will soon outsell its Wii and 3DS brethren. What an insane time for Nintendo :')

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Eagle367 (on 13 October 2020)

Holy hell that looks like an exponential curve but the switch should cross the 3ds by the end of the year. Hopefully it sells 30mil this year.

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