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Switch vs 3DS and Wii U Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Grows in December 2020

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Grows in December 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 27 January 2021 / 2,517 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 Nintendo Switch sales with the combined Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U sales.

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Grows in December 2020

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Grows in December 2020

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Grows in December 2020

Switch Vs. 3DS and Wii U Global:

Gap change in latest month: 3,670,962 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 16,305,865 – Switch

Total Lead: 15,308,668 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 76,989,289

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 61,680,621

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 3.67 million units when compared to the combined sales of the 3DS and Wii U during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the gap has grown in favor of the Switch by 16.31 million units. The Switch leads by 15.31 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), the Wii U launched in November 2012, and the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The holiday periods between the Switch and 3DS lineup, however, the Wii U holiday is offset from the Switch.

The 46th month for the Nintendo Switch is December 2020, for the Nintendo 3DS it is December 2014 and for the Wii U it is June 2016. The Switch has sold 76.99 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 61.68 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS and Wii U did not reach current Switch sales until month 70.

The 3DS and Wii U have sold 89.47 million units lifetime. The Switch is 12.48 million units behind the 3DS and Wii U.


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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4 Comments
Chicho (on 27 January 2021)

Switch will do it before holiday season 2021.

  • +8
SvenTheTurkey Chicho (on 27 January 2021)

If not before, by November at the latest.

  • 0
Real (on 28 January 2021)

I don't why 3ds didn't do like DS did

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SvenTheTurkey Real (on 28 January 2021)

Smart phones. A majority of people didn't have one until around the time the 3ds came out. Even as smart phones began becoming common, the ds already had an established install base which kept interest high.

I assume that answers the question being asked.

  • +1