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Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - Switch Continues to Catch Up in September 2020

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - Switch Continues to Catch Up in September 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 21 October 2020 / 2,140 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 Japanese sales of the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS.

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - Switch Continues to Catch Up in September 2020

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - Switch Continues to Catch Up in September 2020

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - Switch Continues to Catch Up in September 2020

Switch Vs. 3DS Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 265,126 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,070,312 - Switch

Total Lead: 722,934 - 3DS

Switch Total Sales: 15,434,908

3DS Total Sales: 16,157,842

September 2020 is the 43rd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Japan. During the latest month, the Switch closed the gap to the 3DS by 265,126 units when you align the launches. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the 3DS by 2.07 million units. The 3DS is currently ahead of the Switch by 722,934 units.

The 3DS launched in February 2011 in Japan and the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. This does mean the normal holiday periods and the Japanese Golden Week holiday for the two consoles are off by one month.

The 43rd month for the Switch is September 2020, while for the 3DS it is August 2014. The Switch has sold 15.43 million units, while the 3DS sold 16.16 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS sold current Switch totals in month 38 where it had sold 15.44 million units.

The 3DS has sold 24.63 million units lifetime in Japan through September 2020. The Switch is currently 9.20 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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8 Comments

curl-6 (on 21 October 2020)

Watch your back 3DS, see that dot in the rearview mirror, coming up fast?

  • +7
PAOerfulone (on 21 October 2020)

I’m gonna guess December at the earliest.
Remember, October 2014 was when the New 3DS launched alongside Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate in Japan which gave the 3DS a huge boost. So huge that I think it’ll hold off the Switch just a little bit longer.

  • +3
heavenmercenary01 (on 21 October 2020)

7 weeks left at most so that the curves cross, and then, there's no looking back for the switch.

  • +3
Bofferbrauer2 (on 22 October 2020)

Blue shell incoming!

  • +2
Valdney (on 23 October 2020)

Badass comment! Lol!!

  • +1
javi741 (on 22 October 2020)

So I think the Switch should sell nearly 30 Million in Japan when all said and done.

  • +1
TheBraveGallade (on 22 October 2020)

after last holiday switch is LITERALLY not slowing down in japan

  • 0
Darwinianevolution (on 22 October 2020)

Monster Hunter and Youkai Watch are the games keeping the 3DS ahead, and soon Monster Hunter will release on the Switch as well.

  • -1