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Switch vs 3DS and Wii U Sales Comparison - January 2021

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U Sales Comparison - January 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 24 February 2021 / 2,631 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 - January 2021

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U Sales Comparison - January 2021

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U Sales Comparison - January 2021

Switch Vs. 3DS and Wii U Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,163,970 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 16,679,60 - Switch

Total Lead: 16,462,638 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 78,631,440

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 62,168,802

January 2021 is the 47th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 1.16 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 16.68 million units. The Switch leads by 16.46 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 47th month for the Nintendo Switch is January 2021, for the Nintendo 3DS it is January 2015 and for the Wii U it is July 2016. The Switch has sold 78.63 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 62.17 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS and Wii U did not reach current Switch sales until month 74.

The 3DS and Wii U have sold 89.48 million units lifetime. The Switch is 10.85 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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8 Comments
curl-6 (on 23 February 2021)

Switch is ahead of Wii U + 3DS by roughly a Saturn + Dreamcast

  • +7
Bofferbrauer2 (on 23 February 2021)

Any bets on when the Switch will overtake 3DS+Wii U?

My guess is in August.

  • +5
SvenTheTurkey Bofferbrauer2 (on 24 February 2021)

I'm going September since you picked August already.

  • 0
Amnesia (on 23 February 2021)

We could soon add a 3rd console to sum with the 3DS and the WiiU...

  • +3
ireadtabloids Amnesia (on 23 February 2021)

It’s amazing that Switch is winning by more than a Playstation Vita worth of sales.

  • +1
SvenTheTurkey Amnesia (on 24 February 2021)

Which ones though? Should we see if it can beat 3ds, Wii u, n64, cube? That would be like 145ish million?

  • 0
Dulfite (on 23 February 2021)

When the sum is greater than the parts it's made from.

  • +2
Robert_Downey_Jr. (on 24 February 2021)

Why are people liking Nintendo more this gen?

  • 0