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Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Nears Lifetime 3DS Sales in October 2020

Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Nears Lifetime 3DS Sales in October 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 November 2020 / 3,840 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 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,494,326 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 17,369,532 - Switch

Total Lead: 23,071,430 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 67,966,935

3DS Total Sales: 44,895,505

October 2020 is the 44th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 1.49 million units when compared to the 3DS during the same timeframe and by 17.37 million units in favor of the Switch in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 23.07 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 44th month for the Nintendo Switch is October 2020 and for the Nintendo 3DS it is October 2014. The Switch has sold 67.97 million units, while the 3DS sold 44.90 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS did not reach current Switch sales until month 81.

The Nintendo 3DS has sold 75.82 million units to date. The Nintendo Switch is currently just 7.85 million units behind the lifetime sales of the 3DS. At its current pace, the Switch will outsell the lifetime 3DS sales sometime in December.

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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Bofferbrauer2 (on 17 November 2020)

So the Switch leads by almost 2 Wii U now

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YanisFromFrance Bofferbrauer2 (on 17 November 2020)


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ireadtabloids Bofferbrauer2 (on 17 November 2020)

Hahaha. That is excellent.

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kenjab (on 17 November 2020)

2 more months and Switch will already be ahead of 3DS LTD

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icykai (on 17 November 2020)

Gone are the times people thought switch will not pass the 3DS.

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brute icykai (on 17 November 2020)

It then was 3DS + WiiU but Switch will sail past that total as well

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icykai icykai (on 18 November 2020)

Totally agree

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Darwinianevolution (on 18 November 2020)

Just imagine how wide the gap's going to be when Monster Hunter releases for the Switch...

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pikashoe (on 17 November 2020)

If the gap remained like this for the rest of the switch's life it would sell roughly 99 million. The gap is obviously only going to continue growing so the switch is going to easily sell well over 100 million

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Mnementh (on 17 November 2020)

That race is over.

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Bofferbrauer2 Mnementh (on 17 November 2020)

You're forgetting the cliff. Any day now...

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kopstudent89 (on 18 November 2020)

Switch just sold 3 years of 3DS sales in the past year...

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siebensus4 (on 18 November 2020)

Switch will actually sell the half of 3DS lifetime sales just in one year. I think almost no one has expected that – not at launch of Switch and not even one year ago.

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2zosteven (on 18 November 2020)

All this with a shortage of systems.

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PAOerfulone (on 17 November 2020)

So much for the New 3DS and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate helping the 3DS hold off the switch a little longer.

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