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Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - June 2021

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - June 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 August 2021 / 8,331 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 sales of the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo DS.

The DS launched in November 2004 in North America, December 2004 in Japan, and March 2005 in Europe, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, which is why there are big increases and decreases.

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - June 2021

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - June 2021

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - June 2021

Switch Vs. DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 501,469 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 508,404 - DS

Total Lead: 8,224,708 - DS

Switch Total Sales: 88,136,444

DS Total Sales: 96,361,152

June 2021 is the 52nd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 501,469 units when compared to the DS during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the DS has outsold the Switch by 508,404 units. The DS is ahead of the Switch by 8.22 million units.

The 52nd month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is June 2021, while for the DS it is February 2009. The Switch has sold 88.14 million units, while the DS sold 96.36 million units during the same timeframe.

The Nintendo DS sold 154.02 million units lifetime. The Nintendo Switch is currently 65.88 million units behind the lifetime sales of the DS.

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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Kristof81 (on 27 July 2021)

I believe this was DS's best holiday season. It will be interesting to see how is it going to look like in 5 months time

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AFattyGamer (on 26 July 2021)

The mighty DS continues its astounding lead. Incredible.

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Greenfox (on 26 July 2021)

This is a very interesting comparison. In the coming months DS sales are already starting to slow down. Switch has a chance to recover the lead if it manages to hold on for the rest of 2021 as well.

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Kakadu18 yo33331 (on 26 July 2021)

I think the Switch has a chance.

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Greenfox yo33331 (on 27 July 2021)

I understand why you don't consider 27M a slow down. I would think the same if the following year it had remained between 26 and 29, holding up, but in 2010 they sold only 20. That's why 2009 marked the beginning of the end, it was a soft fall, but a decline nonetheless.

If switch can stay close to last year's 29M, which it is doing at the moment, we would be talking about a 2M difference, which is a significant boost.

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eddy7eddy (on 26 July 2021)

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Kakadu18 eddy7eddy (on 27 July 2021)


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eddy7eddy Kakadu18 (on 27 July 2021)

I don't know what happened with my comment, but it was about how Switch can catch DS sales with the new OLED and Holiday season, then some people disliked my comment because I hurt their feelings.
(Insert Toby Maguire Spiderman meme "Gonna Cry?")

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Kakadu18 eddy7eddy (on 28 July 2021)

Haha, ok. I also got downvoted for thinking the Switch can outsell the DS.

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eddy7eddy Kakadu18 (on 28 July 2021)

Haha oh that's true xD, I can see Switch selling another 50m after this Year.

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