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Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - Switch Closes the Gap in October 2020

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - Switch Closes the Gap in October 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 November 2020 / 3,065 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 DS.

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - Switch Closes the Gap in October 2020

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - Switch Closes the Gap in October 2020

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - Switch Closes the Gap in October 2020

Switch Vs. DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 219,872 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 545,884 - DS

Total Lead: 6,579,512 - DS

Switch Total Sales: 67,966,935

DS Total Sales: 74,546,447

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 219,872 units when compared to the Switch during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the DS has outsold the Switch by 545,884 units. The DS is ahead of the Switch by 6.58 million units.

The DS launched in November 2004 in North America, December 2004 in Japan, and March 2005 in Europe, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, which is why there are big increases and decreases.

The 44th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is October 2020, while for the DS it is June 2008. The Switch has sold 67.97 million units, while the DS sold 74.55 million units during the same timeframe. The DS reached current Switch sales in month 41.

The Nintendo DS sold 154.02 million units lifetime. The Nintendo Switch is currently 86.05 million units behind the lifetime sales of the DS.

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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javi741 (on 18 November 2020)

While I still believe DS will win against the Switch in sales, it won't be as easy as we all originally thought, it seems like the Switch is on pace to sell in the 130s or 140s million so it might not be too far off from the DS, 2021 I think will determine whether or not it has a good chance of surpassing the DS. However, it looks like it'll be close for now.

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xMetroid javi741 (on 18 November 2020)

Yup well said, we will see next year how Switch's demand is post-next gen release and what Nintendo's cards are for the Switch.

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 18 November 2020)

The fact that the Switch can keep up with the DS at it's height is already amazing, but on top of that it's even slowly closing the gap right now, which is absolutely bonkers!

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kopstudent89 (on 19 November 2020)

The DS was something else, for the Switch to be keeping up is absolutely incredible.

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B6a6es (on 18 November 2020)

i dont Think itll break the Juggernaut DS Lifetime Sales, but will be close (id say 130-140M)

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Mnementh (on 18 November 2020)

The next holidays for DS are bonkers. But with luck Switch will be shortly ahead after it's holidays.

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HigHurtenflurst Mnementh (on 18 November 2020)

DS month 45&46 are 3.6 million.... so to take the lead Switch needs 10.2 million for Nov/Dec.... this is gonna come down to how many Nintendo is able to push out to stores. I think it will be pretty much neck & neck for months 47&48, then as you say, DS holiday 08 will probably increase the gap back to 8million or so and Switch will have to continue to sell 1.5million + every month just to avoid losing more ground.
We will have to wait & see what the post holiday sales are like, but atm I think Javi's 130-140 million lifetime is the safe bet.

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