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Switch Outsells Lifetime 3DS Sales - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Dec 20-26

Switch Outsells Lifetime 3DS Sales - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Dec 20-26 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 January 2021 / 13,548 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 1,159,994 units sold for the week ending December 26, according to VGChartz estimates. The Switch has now sold an estimated 76,285,948 units lifetime.

With lifetime Switch sales now at 76,285,948 units, that puts it ahead of the Nintendo 3DS, which has sold 75,906,986 units.

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 287,921 units to bring its lifetime sales to 4,480,728 units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 158,458 units to bring their lifetime sales to 2,401,386 units.

The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 139,859 units, the Xbox One sold 68,995 units, and the Nintendo 3DS sold 3,261 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are up 233,451 units (25.2%). The PlayStation 4 is down 296,951 units (-68.0%), the Xbox One is down 138,605 units (-66.8%), and the 3DS is down 32,455 units (-90.9%).

PS5 Sales, Xbox Series X and S Sales, Switch Sales

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 1,159,994 (76,285,948)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 287,921 (4,480,728)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 158,458 (2,401,386)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 139,859 (114,965,268)
  5. Xbox One - 68,995 (49,340,630)
  6. 3DS - 3,261 (75,906,986)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 467,036
  2. PlayStation 5 - 120,083
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 104,488
  4. Xbox One - 51,189
  5. PlayStation 4 - 45,452
  6. 3DS - 1,561
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. Nintendo Switch - 266,197
  2. PlayStation 5 - 134,973
  3. PlayStation 4 - 66,449
  4. Xbox Series X|S - 47,749
  5. Xbox One - 14,682
  6. 3DS - 873
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 388,184
  2. PlayStation 5 - 23,003
  3. PlayStation 4 - 24,544
  4. Xbox Series X|S - 2,945
  5. Xbox One - 1,174
  6. 3DS - 769
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 38,577
  2. PlayStation 5 - 9,862
  3. PlayStation 4 - 3,414
  4. Xbox Series X|S - 3,276
  5. Xbox One - 1,950
  6. 3DS - 58

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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INCITATUSBR (on 07 January 2021)

next Switch target: PSP (~81m) - it will be fast,

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badskywalker INCITATUSBR (on 07 January 2021)

Then GBA at 81.51

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dmillos (on 07 January 2021)

It is also nice to highlight random facts. If numbers don't get revised down, then this is a new 5 week record for the Switch. Last year it was able to sell 6.9M consoles in 5 weeks and with this week the switch has sold 7.1M in the past 5 weeks.

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Tamantayoshi (on 07 January 2021)

The switch might hit triple digits by this time next year.

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SvenTheTurkey Tamantayoshi (on 07 January 2021)

Definitely somewhere between 95 and 100 mil, yeah. It's possible it will crack 100, but thinking it will be right around 100 give or take.

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dmillos (on 07 January 2021)

Thanks @trunkswd for these numbers. I was hoping they were a bit higher as it had many days before christmas, but they are still incredibly high numbers. I was being skewed by the Wii in Dec 26 2009 that this week was actually higher than the previous week. Will this be the final week of the year or will the next one count towards 2020?

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INCITATUSBR dmillos (on 07 January 2021)

were you expecting higher numbers for which console?

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dmillos INCITATUSBR (on 07 January 2021)

For all of them really, But specially for the Switch that had 1.5M last week and like I mentioned, in the past with the Wii in 2009 this week was actually higher than the previous week (in 2009 this week ended on Dec 26th like this year). But obviously with no special releases this holiday season it is hard to expect similar behaviours.

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HigHurtenflurst dmillos (on 07 January 2021)

I think there has been a consistant trend of big sales away from the end of December and into Black Friday week. Gone are the days when people rush shop the week before Christmas.
And that's before you factor in the pandemic, which also probably discouraged a few people to go shopping (if you buy online you can't do it in the last few days as you have to allow for delivery)

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SvenTheTurkey (on 07 January 2021)

In less than 4 years. I had my doubts a month ago, but the switch did it before the year's end.

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sales2099 (on 09 January 2021)

Xbox shipments pretty consistent. But looks like PS5 shipments slowing down

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AFattyGamer (on 07 January 2021)

Sony just dominated CES 2021. Those new 2021 OLEDs are fire! Sony's A90J is about to shut down LG and Samsung - a bendable OLED panel seems too gimmicky lol. Ok sorry that was off topic lol. Nintendo Switch officially surpassed 3DS sales soon to have 80 million sold on the date . Insane Ninty. Sony PS5 roughly approaching 5 million sold already. 10 million PS5s by April Sony? Eyes up.

*Meant the A90J not the x90J lol

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eddy7eddy AFattyGamer (on 07 January 2021)

CES 2021: Jan 11 – Jan 14
Let's see what LG has because SONY's panels are produced by LG Display.
And MicroLED is the new Display Technology that Sony is working with, that Samsung has been improving for a time now.

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AFattyGamer eddy7eddy (on 07 January 2021)

I'll see what happens with LG cause gamers and TV enthusiast want higher nits for our OLED panels. Rumors are LG is sacrificing 30% brightness for the OLED panels this year for better cooling and retention while SONY's OLEDs will reach higher brightness than LG. Again I'll see for myself what LG has in store especially if they're using Panasonic's new cooling method I heard about. Sony uses LG OLED panels and that's where it ends. LG doesn't produce Sony's news Cognitive Processor which delivers more realistic skin tone with improved accuracy to color and contrast. A step above the X1 Ultimate Processor in every way. Also I'm glad Sony isn't making MicroLED the flagship TV this year. LED will never have perfect pixel per illumination as OLED. No perfect contrast and black levels will still be crushed. Only downfall with OLED is burn in but that's been improved upon by all the manufactures and I don't watch the same static image 15 hours a day lol. Presentation wise LG's flagship OLED will never beat Sony's Master Series. Never. LG and Samsung don't want it with Sony.

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