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Switch vs 3DS and Wii U Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Nears 9 Million September 2020

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Nears 9 Million September 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 November 2020 / 4,379 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 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,554,540 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 12,296,006 – Switch

Total Lead: 8,911,374 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 65,713,911

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 56,802,537

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 1.55 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 12.30 million units. The Switch leads by 8.91 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 43rd month for the Nintendo Switch is September 2020, for the Nintendo 3DS it is September 2014 and for the Wii U it is May 2016. The Switch has sold 65.71 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 56.80 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS and Wii U did not reach current Switch sales until month 54.

The 3DS and Wii U have sold 89.37 million units lifetime through September 2020. The Switch is 22.66 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 recently ended production and the few remaining stock units left in stock will likely be sold out by the end of the year.

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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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icykai (on 17 October 2020)

It's funny how at some point some people thought switch won't outsell the 3ds alone and now it's tracking ahead of both it's predecessors. Will be really interesting to see how it does by the end of the year.

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Slownenberg (on 17 October 2020)

I wanna see a Xbox + 360 + Xb1 vs Switch tracking chart!

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Amnesia Slownenberg (on 18 October 2020)

They don't have any accurate data for the Xbox.

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Ryng Slownenberg (on 20 October 2020)

Around 80 million for all the 3 XBOX combined launch allinied VS 61.44 million Switches.

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TruckOSaurus (on 19 October 2020)

The last graph is a good one to show anyone who still doesn't believe the Switch will pass 100m. With how comfortably it's overtaking 3DS+WiiU which did almost 90m, it would take a disaster for Switch to not reach 100m.

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Darwinianevolution (on 18 October 2020)

The Switch is going to surpass the lifetime sales of both 3DS and WiiU pretty soon. Should be able to pass the 3DS this year and both 3DS/WiiU by the end of the next one.

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