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 Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - Switch Closes Gap by Over 1.6 Million in November 2020

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - Switch Closes Gap by Over 1.6 Million in November 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 January 2021 / 3,704 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 Gap by Over 1.6 Million in November 2020

 Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - Switch Closes Gap by Over 1.6 Million in November 2020

 Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - Switch Closes Gap by Over 1.6 Million in November 2020

Switch Vs. DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,673,519 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,443,235 - DS

Total Lead: 5,601,393 - DS

Switch Total Sales: 70,913,631

DS Total Sales: 76,515,024

November 2020 is the 45th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 1.67 million units when compared to the Switch during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the DS has outsold the Switch by 1.44 million units. The DS is ahead of the Switch by 5.60 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 45th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is November 2020, while for the DS it is July 2008. The Switch has sold 70.91 million units, while the DS sold 76.52 million units during the same timeframe. The DS reached current Switch sales in month 42.

The Nintendo DS sold 154.02 million units lifetime. The Nintendo Switch is currently 83.11 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 wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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15 Comments
xMetroid (on 29 December 2020)

I don't see how the Switch would catch up on the DS. It would need to remain flat in 2021 and have very slow decline after that. But i do think it will start declining next year. After all, Nintendo has many cards next year to keep the sales flat.

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Astral xMetroid (on 30 December 2020)

If a new model is coming next year, along with a price cut, it could happen. Hard to achieve, but not impossible

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TheBraveGallade xMetroid (on 31 December 2020)

china is a market that they've finally broken through, with ring fit selling like absolute hotcakes

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Mati_Intrieri (on 29 December 2020)

DS and PS2 are the only battles the Switch is going to lose.

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INCITATUSBR Mati_Intrieri (on 29 December 2020)

are you sure?

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heavenmercenary01 Mati_Intrieri (on 29 December 2020)

Maybe. Anyway, those are the only REAL fights the Switch will be having.

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Eagle367 Mati_Intrieri (on 29 December 2020)

It might or it might not, but that's the only only real battle left for them

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Original Mati_Intrieri (on 29 December 2020)

I hope Switch gets to 140 mil and a new switch pro would boost the sells a lot but Doug bowser said no

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SvenTheTurkey Mati_Intrieri (on 29 December 2020)

Yeah. I wouldn't say it's impossible to the switch to beat either or both, but it's a very low chance. The landscape just isn't what it used to be.

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Bofferbrauer2 Mati_Intrieri (on 29 December 2020)

@Mati_Intrieri: More like the only battles the Switch still can loose at this point - but there's no assurance that it will.

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TheBraveGallade Mati_Intrieri (on 31 December 2020)

depends on how much they can push in china- they've just started there

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PAOerfulone Mati_Intrieri (on 01 January 2021)

After the PS2 and DS it looks like the #3 spot will be the PS4, but with how sharply the PS4 is declining right now, it looks like it's going to limp past the Game Boy. So, it's not going to set the bar very high for the Switch.

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lombrico Mati_Intrieri (on 01 January 2021)

Switch are two different console but considered as one, also Wii and Ps4 defeat Switch

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Bofferbrauer2 Mati_Intrieri (on 01 January 2021)

@lombrico: Why would the Switch count as two different consoles?

As for Wii and PS4, they are still in front, but the Wii will fall, possibly next year already. The PS4 is more difficult to reach, but with the sales and momentum it has, chances are very high that it will pass the PS4, too.

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HoangNhatAnh Mati_Intrieri (on 03 January 2021)

@lombrico: ps4 and ps4 pro are two different console but considered as one

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