By using this site, you agree to our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use. Close
Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - January 2021

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - January 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 March 2021 / 4,125 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 Japanese sales of the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS.

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - January 2021

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - January 2021

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - January 2021

Switch Vs. 3DS Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 135,910 - 3DS

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,407,791 - Switch

Total Lead: 398,047 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 18,278,932

3DS Total Sales: 17,880,885

January 2021 is the 47th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Japan. During the latest month, the 3DS closed the gap to the Switch by 135,910 units when you align the launches. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the 3DS by 3.41 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 398,047.

The 3DS launched in February 2011 in Japan and the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. This does mean the normal holiday periods and the Japanese Golden Week holiday for the two consoles are off by one month.

The 47th month for the Switch is January 2021, while for the 3DS it is December 2014. The Switch has sold 18.28 million units, while the 3DS sold 17.88 million units during the same timeframe.

The 3DS has sold 24.64 million units lifetime in Japan through January 2021. The Switch is currently 6.36 million units behind the lifetime sales of the 3DS.


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.


More Articles

4 Comments
SvenTheTurkey (on 02 March 2021)

It's kind of crazy that the switch already outsold the 3ds worldwide, but it's still 6 million behind in Japan.

  • +7

Yep 3DS was massive in Japan

  • +4
Real (on 03 March 2021)

No wonder 3ds buried ps vita on its arrival

  • +3
Dulfite (on 03 March 2021)

This looks like the Switch vs. Wii worldwide chart. Very competitive!

  • +1