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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 August 2021 / 2,668 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 - June 2021

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

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

Switch Vs. 3DS and Wii U Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,439,266 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 18,449,599 - Switch

Total Lead: 23,055,497 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 88,136,444

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 65,080,947

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 1.44 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 18.45 million units. The Switch leads by 23.06 million units.

The 52nd month for the Nintendo Switch is June 2021, for the Nintendo 3DS it is June 2015 and for the Wii U it is December 2016. The Switch has sold 88.14 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 65.08 million units during the same timeframe.

The 3DS and Wii U did not reach current Switch sales until month 99 where the two platforms sold a combined 88.21 million units.

The 3DS and Wii U have sold 89.50 million units lifetime. The Switch is 1.36 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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Mnementh (on 27 July 2021)

So, that comparison is basically over, as Switch is overtaking the combined lifetime of both devices currently. Now on to WiiU+3DS+PS Vita

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Torpoleon Mnementh (on 27 July 2021)

That comparison would probably be over by the end of the year.

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Bofferbrauer2 Torpoleon (on 28 July 2021)

It's only 1.36M total anymore before the Switch reaches the total sales from Wii U+3DS combined. With 350k weekly sales, that would take a grand total of 4 weeks to achieve, loooong before the end of the year.

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Mnementh Bofferbrauer2 (on 28 July 2021)

I was suggesting to include Vita, he meant this will also be over by years end.

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Bofferbrauer2 Mnementh (on 28 July 2021)

Ah sorry, I missed that.

And yes, probably would also be beaten at years end, though it might just be end of the financial year instead of the calendar year if supply issues persist.

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curl-6 (on 27 July 2021)

Switch closing in for the kill. It's been a fun one to watch, and it will be very satisfying to see it conclude.

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 27 July 2021)

Dawn of the last days of the Wii U +3DS chart.

1 month left

(2 if the wait for the OLED model makes the numbers tank)

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Agente42 (on 27 July 2021)

Low end, account the population grow and more market penetration, is the 3ds/WiiU, the high end is the DS/Wii the combination have huge overlap, maybe Wiiu+3DS+PSV+ XBone is a good combination

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