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Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - March 2021

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 05 May 2021 / 3,435 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 - March 2021

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - March 2021

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - March 2021

Switch Vs. 3DS Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 499,874 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,366,631 - Switch

Total Lead: 1,066,761 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 19,286,162

3DS Total Sales: 18,219,401

March 2021 is the 49th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Japan. During the latest month, the Switch outsold the 3DS by 499,874 units when you align the launches. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the 3DS by 3.37 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 1.07 million units.

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 49th month for the Switch is March 2021, while for the 3DS it is February 2015. The Switch has sold 19.29 million units, while the 3DS sold 18.22 million units during the same timeframe.

The 3DS has sold 24.65 million units lifetime in Japan through March 2021. The Switch is currently 5.36 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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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RODRIGOESEL1 (on 05 May 2021)

Swtich are gonna sell so easly 25 millions in Japan, and maybe 31 million with this rhytm thats actually the 25% of their population WTF

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SvenTheTurkey RODRIGOESEL1 (on 05 May 2021)

It's kind of crazy it started considerably lower than 3ds. But yeah I think 30 is a reasonable guess for lifetime. I mean if not higher. At the current rate, I could even seeing it going as high as 35 or 40. Mostly depends on how long until the switch 2.

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