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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 24 March 2021 / 1,980 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 - February 2021

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

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

Switch Vs. 3DS and Wii U Global:

Gap change in latest month: 742,422 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 17,094,482 - Switch

Total Lead: 17,240,140 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 80,370,221

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 63,130,081

February 2021 is the 48th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 742,422 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 17.09 million units. The Switch leads by 17.24 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 48th month for the Nintendo Switch is February 2021, for the Nintendo 3DS it is February 2015 and for the Wii U it is August 2016. The Switch has sold 80.37 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 63.13 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 9.11 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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9 Comments
SvenTheTurkey (on 24 March 2021)

All things being equal, I think the November or December comparison will be the last of these charts.

Even if the switch was gaining by 1 million per month, it would still take the holidays to push it over the edge.

That said, I can't see it being any later than December for the switch to overtake the gen 8 consoles.

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Slownenberg SvenTheTurkey (on 24 March 2021)

Switch has a good chance to hit 100 million this year. So it'll probably pass 3DS+WiiU in October.

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SvenTheTurkey Slownenberg (on 25 March 2021)

Oh I definitely see the switch hitting 100 million this year. I just don't know how much will be holiday sales vs Jan-Oct. I'm guessing 25 million at minimum for the calendar year.

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HigHurtenflurst SvenTheTurkey (on 24 March 2021)

The "gap change in latest month" is comparing Switch month 48 to month 48 for the WiiU/3DS combined... this is not the same as the amount the Switch is catching up to the lifetime total. WiiU/3DS are no longer selling (well 3DS is basically nothing) so whatever Switch sells in a month is how much it catches up to total WiiU/3DS.

In other words the Switch only has average 1.5 million per month to pass the WiiU/3DS combo in the first week of September. So my guess is it will happen in August, slight chance in July if it gets some good boosts.

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SvenTheTurkey HigHurtenflurst (on 25 March 2021)

July would be impressive. I'm still sticking to the holidays. But I could see it happening as early as August or September.

It all depends on how the summer turns out. I'm assuming a drop in summer for all the consoles once most people have a vaccine. But maybe not. We'll see.

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HigHurtenflurst SvenTheTurkey (on 25 March 2021)

Can you clarify what months you mean by holidays then, as I would consider it to be Nov+Dec. + maybe October if you mean the holiday quarter.
Lets break it down to weekly:
Average sales per week Switch needs to catch up to WiiU/3DS by the last week in July = 414,000
by last week in August = 350,000
by last week in September = 304,000

This doesnt take into account any adjustments (though adjjustments could be up OR down) and ignores the 3DS still selling (but as it's less than 2000 per week its negligible)
Frankly I was being conservative by saying "slight" chance in July.

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SvenTheTurkey HigHurtenflurst (on 26 March 2021)

July is a conservative guess by saying slight? Either way July is bold.

Holidays. November and December for this year. Starts around Thanksgiving. Ends around Christmas. Also January in some parts of the world but that's irrelevant for the sales this year.

I could be wrong. I don't expect the switch to fall off a cliff as some might say. But so far it's a pretty weak year going into the summer. Mario golf(which I'm actually excited about) and skyward sword (once was enough).

But ok, Assuming your calculations are correct, then I would still say early September.

Maybe I'm overly optimistic about things somewhat going back to normal this year. But, traditionally, games and consoles were weak in the summer. And with people buying switches like crazy last year and possibly wanting to go on vacation this year, yeah, I could see some sub 300k weeks.

I don't know what the switch currently is selling on average for the year. So a few below average weeks might not affect things much. I don't know.

But it seems to my July won't happen. August is unlikely. September is possible and even likely. Which is what I said previously.

I hadn't crunched the numbers. So when I said holidays, I meant we would be waiting until the end of November to see the monthly chart. It was just a rough estimate.

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HigHurtenflurst SvenTheTurkey (on 26 March 2021)

No problem
My initial reply was because I thought you were taking the "gap change in latest month" figure of 742k to determine how much the Switch is catching the WiiU/3DS per month.

My guess would be 1st or 2nd week in August, but early September is definitely feasable if it slows down, this would be in line with the minimum 25 million yearly sales you mentioned earlier which is a reasonable estimate.

This years current weekly average is 417k

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