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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 July 2021 / 2,399 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 - May 2021

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

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

Switch Vs. 3DS and Wii U Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,307,336 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 17,928,173 - Switch

Total Lead: 21,665,231 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 86,323,860

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 64,658,629

May 2021 is the 51st month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 1.31 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 17.93 million units. The Switch leads by 21.67 million units.

The 51st month for the Nintendo Switch is May 2021, for the Nintendo 3DS it is May 2015 and for the Wii U it is November 2016. The Switch has sold 86.32 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 64.55 million units during the same timeframe.

The 3DS and Wii U did not reach current Switch sales until month 93 where the two platforms sold a combined 86.79 million units.

The 3DS and Wii U have sold 89.50 million units lifetime. The Switch is 3.18 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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10 Comments
Slownenberg (on 30 June 2021)

Time for a better comparison. Like PS3 + 360 vs Switch!

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 29 June 2021)

3M left

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ireadtabloids Bofferbrauer2 (on 29 June 2021)

Agreed. Switch will come very close to achieving that in two months and will probably be about a million ahead after three months.

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Kakadu18 (on 29 June 2021)

Not much left.

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lombrico (on 30 June 2021)

make the comparison DS+Wii vs Switch+SWLite,...
3DS and WiiU are beaten not only by Switch...

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Kakadu18 lombrico (on 30 June 2021)

PS5 will also beat 3DS and WiiU.

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S.Peelman (on 30 June 2021)

Still not completely convinced…

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Greenfox (on 29 June 2021)

This is a losing battle for Switch...

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Bofferbrauer2 Greenfox (on 30 June 2021)

You mean for Wii U+3DS, right? Switch will pass their total sales in a couple months

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Majora Bofferbrauer2 (on 30 June 2021)

Uhh I think they were using irony haha

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