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Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Passes Lifetime 3DS Sales in December 2020

Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Passes Lifetime 3DS Sales in December 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 24 January 2021 / 2,648 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 Sales Comparison - Switch Passes Lifetime 3DS Sales in December 2020

Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Passes Lifetime 3DS Sales in December 2020

Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Passes Lifetime 3DS Sales in December 2020

Switch Vs. 3DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 3,735,452 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 19,375,246 - Switch

Total Lead: 28,395,562 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 76,989,289

3DS Total Sales: 48,593,727

December 2020 is the 46th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 3.74 million units when compared to the 3DS during the same timeframe and by 19.38 million units in favor of the Switch in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 28.40 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 46th month for the Nintendo Switch is December 2020 and for the Nintendo 3DS it is December 2014. The Switch has sold 76.99 million units, while the 3DS sold 48.59 million units during the same timeframe.

The Nintendo 3DS has sold 75.91 million units to date. The Nintendo Switch has officially outsold the lifetime sales of the Nintendo 3DS and is ahead by 1.08 million units.


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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13 Comments
xMetroid (on 24 January 2021)

Ridiculous lmao the bar on the last graph is almost 90 degree

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The_Liquid_Laser xMetroid (on 24 January 2021)

It was 32 months to that first 40 million. It will probably be half that time to clear the next 40 million. Switch's starting speed was nothing like it is now.

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Torpoleon (on 24 January 2021)

Was close at first, but even before the pandemic, the Switch starting picking up steam quicker. Leaving the 3DS in the dust!

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Eagle367 (on 25 January 2021)

The switch has the potential to be the best selling console ever and simultaneously one with the best quality, though that is subjective. But only time will tell.

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SvenTheTurkey (on 24 January 2021)

Last switch vs 3ds comparison I suppose. Later this year we won't even be doing the switch vs 3ds/wii u comparison.

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Darwinianevolution (on 24 January 2021)

Boy, that jump was fast. I knew that the 3DS never stood a chance, but this is something else...

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Majora (on 24 January 2021)

I love the 3DS and still play it but the Switch blows it out of the water! Always in my heart, 3DS

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PAOerfulone (on 25 January 2021)

Welp, that's a wrap.

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curl-6 (on 25 January 2021)

Seeya never 3DS. Next up, GBA and PSP

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SanAndreasX curl-6 (on 25 January 2021)

And then the 7th gen HD twins.

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SanAndreasX (on 25 January 2021)

The Switch is my favorite system of all time. This is well-deserved.

  • +1
siebensus4 (on 24 January 2021)

3DS needed 65 months (5.5 years) what Switch did in one year (last year).

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JWeinCom (on 24 January 2021)

Poor 3DS. Still my favorite gaming system.

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