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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 April 2021 / 4,418 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 US Nintendo Switch sales with the combined Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U sales.

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

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

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

Switch Vs. 3DS and Wii U USA:

Gap change in latest month: 243,017 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 5,851,241 - Switch

Total Lead: 7,291,864 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 27,364,228

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 20,072,364

February 2021 is the 48th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in the US. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch when compared to the combined sales of the 3DS and Wii U during the same timeframe by 243,017 units. In the last 12 months, the gap has grown in favor of the Switch by 5.85 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS and Wii U by 7.29 million units.

The 3DS launched in March 2011 in the US and the Wii U launched in November 2012, while the Nintendo Switch launched 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 October 2016. The Switch has sold 27.36 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 20.07 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS and Wii U did not reach current Switch sales until month 89, when they sold a combined 27.44 million units.

The 3DS and Wii U have sold a combined 29.27 million units in the US. The Switch is currently 1.98 million units behind. The Wii U has been off the market for a few years, while 3DS production ended last year, however, the last remaining stock is still being sold.


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
Bofferbrauer2 (on 31 March 2021)

So the Switch should pess the 3DS/Wii U totals just before or at the start of the holiday season, so September or October

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HigHurtenflurst Bofferbrauer2 (on 31 March 2021)

less than 2 million to go, currently selling 150k+ per week, so more likely in May or June.

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SvenTheTurkey HigHurtenflurst (on 31 March 2021)

Yeah. Won't be long. But 100% before September or October.

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Bofferbrauer2 SvenTheTurkey (on 01 April 2021)

I thought that boost was due to the coronavirus checks coming in and thus being artificially inflated and not fully representative of the next months sales. If that is not the case, then yeah, gonna be earlier than that.

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