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Switch Outsells Combined 3DS and Wii U Sales in the US in May 2021

Switch Outsells Combined 3DS and Wii U Sales in the US in May 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 06 July 2021 / 2,361 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 US Nintendo Switch sales with the combined Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U sales.

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.

Switch Vs. 3DS and Wii U USA:

Gap change in latest month: 431,701 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 6,168,877 - Switch

Total Lead: 8,771,104 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 29,373,340

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 20,602,236

May 2021 is the 51st 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 431,701 units. In the last 12 months, the gap has grown in favor of the Switch by 6.17 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS and Wii U by 8.77 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 January 2017. The Switch has sold 29.37 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 20.60 million units during the same timeframe.

The 3DS and Wii U sold a combined 29.27 million units lifetime in the US. This means the Nintendo Switch has officially won the race with Nintendo’s previous two platforms.


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
Marth (on 06 July 2021)

Remember back in 2017 when Switch was doing good numbers (but not exceptional) and some people claimed it is a failure because it does not outsell 3DS+WiiU combined? Aged like fine milk.

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Alistair Marth (on 06 July 2021)

no, everyone compared vs. the Wii and DS, not the Wii U and 3DS, those two were both failures

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Greenfox Alistair (on 06 July 2021)

Well, nobody can deny that Wii U was a failure. But to say that selling 76 million 3DS is also a failure... It didn't sell like its predecessor, but it sold well.

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brute (on 06 July 2021)

If 3DS and WiiU sold another 9 million from this point in their lifetime then I dont foresee Switch having an issue selling another 20 more and crossing 50 mil.

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siebensus4 (on 06 July 2021)

I guess no one would have thought in month 32 (before holidays 2019) that this would happen around 1.5 years later.

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Eagle367 (on 08 July 2021)

Switch can realistically outsell DS

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