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Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - Gap Drops Below 500,000 in October 2020

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - Gap Drops Below 500,000 in October 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 23 November 2020 / 2,828 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 Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 281,573 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,791,956 - Switch

Total Lead: 491,944 - 3DS

Switch Total Sales: 15,836,461

3DS Total Sales: 16,328,405

October 2020 is the 44th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Japan. During the latest month, the Switch closed the gap to the 3DS by 281,573 units when you align the launches. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the 3DS by 2.79 million units. The 3DS is currently ahead of the Switch by 491,944 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 44th month for the Switch is October 2020, while for the 3DS it is September 2014. The Switch has sold 15.84 million units, while the 3DS sold 16.32 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS sold current Switch totals in month 42 where it had sold 15.99 million units.

The 3DS has sold 24.64 million units lifetime in Japan through October 2020. The Switch is currently 8.80 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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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YanisFromFrance (on 23 November 2020)

Switch : You wanna see some speed ?

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 23 November 2020)

I think here also we can start comparing the Switch with the DS now. Who would have thought that before the release of the Switch???

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AJNShelton Bofferbrauer2 (on 23 November 2020)


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siebensus4 (on 23 November 2020)

A cross is very likely to occur soon.

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kopstudent89 (on 24 November 2020)

Ok that is a bit mad.. I still think it will struggle to match the DS but it's starting to make it a possibility

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TheBraveGallade (on 23 November 2020)

On Your Left

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