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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 June 2021 / 2,732 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 PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch, as well as with older platforms. 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.

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.

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

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

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

Switch Vs. 3DS and Wii U Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,921,304 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 18,474,027 - Switch

Total Lead: 20,501,895 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 84,880,177

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 64,378,282

April 2021 is the 50th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 1.92 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 18.47 million units. The Switch leads by 20.50 million units.

The 50th month for the Nintendo Switch is April 2021, for the Nintendo 3DS it is April 2015 and for the Wii U it is October 2016. The Switch has sold 84.88 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 64.38 million units during the same timeframe.

The 3DS and Wii U did not reach current Switch sales until month 86 where the two platforms sold a combined 85.04 million units.

The 3DS and Wii U have sold 89.49 million units lifetime. The Switch is 4.61 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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6 Comments
trunkswd (on 26 May 2021)

Switch vs 3DS and Wii U will be over soon. It has been fun. Before that we have Switch surpassing the Xbox 360 and PS3. After this battle is PS1 and Wii.

  • +7
Mnementh (on 26 May 2021)

Yeah, well, which console to add to make it interesting again? WiiU+3DS+Vita? Should still be easy.

  • +2
Bofferbrauer2 (on 26 May 2021)

Less than 5M to go now, should be broken during late summer

  • +2
ireadtabloids (on 28 May 2021)

This is becoming comical. I almost want you to persevere with this until Christmas to watch that gap go even more vertical.

  • +1
siebensus4 (on 26 May 2021)

Switch reached the last 5 years of 3DS + Wii U within 18 months. Who would have thought this after the first 3 years launch aligned...

  • +1
Kakadu18 (on 26 May 2021)

Not much left.

  • 0