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Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - June 2021

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - June 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 August 2021 / 1,962 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 Japanese sales of the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS.

The 3DS launched in February 2011 in Japan and the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. This does mean the normal holiday periods and the Japanese Golden Week holiday for the two consoles are off by one month.

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - June 2021

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - June 2021

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - June 2021

Switch Vs. 3DS Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 335,530 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,595,510 - Switch

Total Lead: 1,960,127 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 20,495,873

3DS Total Sales: 18,535,746

June 2021 is the 52nd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Japan. During the latest month, the Switch outsold the 3DS by 335,530 units when you align the launches. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the 3DS by 3.60 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 1.96 million units.

The 52nd month for the Switch is June 2021, while for the 3DS it is May 2015. The Switch has sold 20.50 million units, while the 3DS sold 18.54 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS did not reach current Switch sales until month 62.

The 3DS has sold 24.66 million units lifetime in Japan through June 2021. The Switch is currently 4.16 million units behind the lifetime sales of the 3DS.

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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ireadtabloids (on 05 August 2021)

Switch seems to be on track to overtake the 3DS in Japan next year.
I won’t be surprised if it also proves to have a longer lifespan than 3DS in Japan with much stronger sixth and seventh year on the market.

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AJNShelton ireadtabloids (on 05 August 2021)

Shippment wise, Nintendo announced that they were at 21.20 million in Japan on June 30th, so I would say by the end of the year actually.

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ireadtabloids AJNShelton (on 05 August 2021)

Ah that’s interesting. Seems there’s a little bit over half a million difference between the Nintendo shipment and the sell through that famitsu is reporting. We’ll probably see Switch clear 3DS hardware sales in Japan in the Famitsu numbers around the same time that Nintendo announces their sales for the quarter ending December 31st 2021.

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DitchPlaya (on 05 August 2021)

Unfortunately this is not just saturation but the impending cliff. We really should remember how much the Wii's install base mattered in the long run, clearly meant little when the WiiU came about.

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