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PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Switch Sales Rise - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Sep 5-11

PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Switch Sales Rise - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Sep 5-11 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 22 September 2021 / 5,707 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 317,004 units sold for the week ending September 11, according to VGChartz estimates. The Switch has now sold an estimated 90.86 million units lifetime.

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 215,980 units to bring its lifetime sales to 11.67 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 136,369 units to bring their lifetime sales to 7.20 million units.

The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 30,582 units, the Xbox One sold 13,549 units, and the Nintendo 3DS sold 708 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are down 81,388 units (-20.4%). The PlayStation 4 is down 82,889 (-73.1%), the Xbox One is down 21,561 units (-61.4%), and the 3DS is down 3,581 units (-83.5%).

Looking at sales week-on-week, Nintendo Switch sales are up by over 16,000 units, PlayStation 5 sales are up by over 10,000 units, while Xbox Series X|S sales are up by nearly 7,000 units.

PS5 Sales, Xbox Series X and S Sales, Switch Sales

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 317,004 (90,862,199)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 215,980 (11,668,132)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 136,369(7,196,265)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 30,582 (116,473,595)
  5. Xbox One - 13,549 (50,381,832)
  6. 3DS - 708 (75,942,847)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 127,180
  2. PlayStation 5 - 82,040
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 74,743
  4. PlayStation 4 - 11,162
  5. Xbox One - 10,448
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 90,604
  2. Switch - 81,101
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 44,944
  4. PlayStation 4 - 15,729
  5. Xbox One - 2,412
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 96,899
  2. PlayStation 5 - 37,445
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 11,999
  4. PlayStation 4 - 3,166
  5. 3DS - 708 (Japan only)
  6. Xbox One - 428
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 11,824
  2. PlayStation 5 - 5,891
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 4,683
  4. PlayStation 4 - 525
  5. Xbox One - 228

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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54 Comments
Elputoxd (on 22 September 2021)

Xbox is selling pretty well in Europe this time around. It could sell 50k with more stock.

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SKMBlake Elputoxd (on 22 September 2021)

There are plenty of Series S in Europe

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Elputoxd SKMBlake (on 22 September 2021)

Plenty of people there who still haven't responded to me showing where Xbox is shown as being unprofitable, too, from what I can see. Don't think I forgot how you outright lied.

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SKMBlake Elputoxd (on 23 September 2021)

In your parallel universe, maybe, but that doesn't count. I've already posted a picture in a store where there are Series S on shelves.

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Agente42 Elputoxd (on 22 September 2021)

Series S, in theory, have a better proposition than Playstation 5 low entrance. Because of the free games and lower price point entrance.

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victor83fernandes Agente42 (on 26 September 2021)

There is no free games at all, what are you talking about, only ps5 has the free Astrobot, which I didn't think was anything special.

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Agente42 victor83fernandes (on 26 September 2021)

the free games i´m talking it´s comparing it´s live vs plus. Live works fine on Pc, it´s better proposition and have a lower price entrance with videogame.

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victor83fernandes Agente42 (on 27 September 2021)

Those are not free at all, you need to pay for those services and once you stop paying the games are gone. If you meant the paid gamepass, yeah its a good value, but I still prefer to own my games, both on xbox or ps. I usually wait for price drops, just bought star wars jedi fallen order for 15 dollars on ps5, and ratchet and clank for 25. Usually I get even cheaper than that as more games get released and more people sell their games.
If you pay lets say 180dollars per year for gamepass, thats 1260 dollars in 7 years, and once you stop paying all games are gone. Meanwhile I spend a bit more than that in the generation, but I get to either resell games or keep them forever. The trick is to buy games years after they release, so you get them for 5-10 dollars each.
1260 dollars will give me about 80 games, and once you stop paying you keep 0 games.

If you mean the live or ps plus only without gamepass or ps Now, its much cheaper, maybe 50 dollars per year, but the games you get are not that great, most I can find on ebay for 5 dollars each, and I get to keep them or resell.

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Jumpin (on 22 September 2021)

Nintendo has to clear about a million extra Switches, maybe 1.2 million by the time, with the OLED model to recover lost ground for 2021 over 2020. That’s not actually that many when you consider the numbers are in the vicinity of 14 million vs 15 million so far this year.

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victor83fernandes Jumpin (on 26 September 2021)

There's still over 3 months of sales, Christmas time, Oled model. It will sell minimum 3 million from now until end of the year.
Last year there was a thing that will never happen again, Animal crossing during the times of pandemic/isolation at home. People don't even realize how many switch sales that game pushed, many people bought a switch only for that game alone.
Nintendo should have invested in it, should have done several proper updates for it.
Animal crossing was more important than the Oled model.

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scrapking (on 22 September 2021)

I wonder where all these Xbox Ones are coming from. Does Microsoft even manufacture the One S anymore? They definitely don't seem to manufacture the One X anymore. They don't list any variants of the Xbox One on Microsoft's own online store anymore, and haven't for a long time.

If it's not still manufactured, then I'm surprised that there are tens of thousands in the supply chain. If it is manufactured, I'm surprised Microsoft isn't selling them directly through their own distribution channels.

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yo33331 scrapking (on 22 September 2021)

Yes, the Xbox One S is still in production and is the last model remaining that is on sale.

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scrapking yo33331 (on 22 September 2021)

If so, that's totally bizarre. For two reasons. One, that Microsoft themselves isn't selling it any more, what's up with that? And the other being that it's not much cheaper than the Series S, so you'd need to REALLY value the Blu-Ray drive to go with the One S over the Series S.

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victor83fernandes scrapking (on 24 September 2021)

Well if you've got a game collection on discs, then the Series S will be worthless, One S makes more sense in that case. Especially because there's no exclusives to the series S/X

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 29 September 2021)

I guess... but surely used One S units must be getting easy to find as people upgrade to current-gen consoles? Or just wait until you finally get a Series X? It just seems like such a "blah" purchase new. Second-hand, sure. But new?!

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victor83fernandes scrapking (on 22 September 2021)

Theres plenty xbox series X, I could buy one right now in Portugal. I just dont want it because I have a powerful PC.

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 22 September 2021)

Series S, or Series X? If you're seeing "plenty" of Series X, then that's flying in the face of what's being reported in most of the rest of the world where they sell out as soon as they become available.

I'm also not sure what that has to do with my comment, which doesn't mention the Series X in any way. Did you mean One X? I did mention that one in my post.

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A3M scrapking (on 23 September 2021)

False, i live in Dubai and i can confirm series x and s are setting on shelves as well. In my region xbox brand is weak and doesn’t have any audience. So you’re false not rest of the world.

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scrapking A3M (on 23 September 2021)

Your anecdote doesn't prove my comment false, as I said "in most of the rest of the world" (note the word 'most'). The fact that the Xbox brand is weak in your area explains why you're experiencing something different than Canada, the US, the UK, most of continental Europe, Australia, and many other countries. I presume its weaker than average in the area of Portugal that @victor83fernandes lives in, if his comment is at all accurate.

Anyway, you and he appear to be turning this into a fanboy rant, as the Series X didn't get mentioned even once in my original comment, but that's all that you two seem to want to talk about. And now you've misrepresented me to have said the entire rest of the world, when I said "most" of the rest of the world (which is not the same thing).

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victor83fernandes scrapking (on 23 September 2021)

Oh you're right, I didn't even notice you mentioned One X, but why would anyone still be talking about One X in the second half of 2021? Everyone who wants a cheap xbox will just buy second hand, there's no point paying 400 dollars for a One X if the series X is 500.

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 24 September 2021)

I did so for the very reason you yourself cite, my surprise that anyone is buying Xbox Ones of any flavour in the second half of 2021, especially as the Xbox Series S becomes reasonably easy to acquire in many markets. It's mostly hard to get a Series S in Canada and the U.S. now, and you can do it if you're persistent. So we agree that it's surprising. So my question was are these old units in the distribution channel, or new units being manufactured, or what? And others have now answered that quesiton.

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eddy7eddy (on 22 September 2021)

Switch still holding while charging the Spirit Oled Bomb.

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victor83fernandes eddy7eddy (on 25 September 2021)

The switch will hold no matter what, for the simple fact that there is no competition, no other portable gaming device. The only competitor to Nintendo is Nintendo itself.

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eddy7eddy victor83fernandes (on 26 September 2021)

It's funny cause Nintendo's worst nightmare is.. Nintendo itself haha.

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Mars2001 (on 22 September 2021)

Very high crazy numbers for Switch.Only few weeks until new oled and this chart without oled preoders.

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xMetroid (on 23 September 2021)

We will see if the momentum of Switch slowed down or is it just cause people are waiting for the OLED model.

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victor83fernandes xMetroid (on 25 September 2021)

Momentum slowed down? When? Considering most gamers already bought one, momentum is still strong, at current pace it will sell 15 million per year, not bad for a console that most gamers already have. At current pace it would reach 130 million units sold by the end of it. That's more than Wii and many more than N64

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victor83fernandes (on 22 September 2021)

Like I said years ago, the switch will become the best selling home console and portable console of all time, by the end. Its going to pass 100 million by the end of this year alone, and there's still another 2 to 3 years to go. And will sell even after that with discounted prices. The new Oled model and pokemon in January will guarantee it. If Nintendo comes up with Mario Kart 9 for it, then it will shoot up again in sales.
And its understandable, its an amazing device, I prefer my Switch over my Ps5 or PC. Just because its portable and has amazing exclusives too.
Monster hunter rise is still in my opinion the best game this year. And Xenoblade chronicles remaster is still the best rpg this whole generation or even the past 20years. And then mario 3d stars, which includes mario galaxy which is the best platformer this whole generation.

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 22 September 2021)

To call it the best selling home console, you'd need to remove all the Switch Lites from the total as they aren't designed to be docked with a TV. So it would need to surpass the PS2, excluding the Lite, which I don't see it doing.

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2zosteven scrapking (on 23 September 2021)

defiantly the switch in a unique situation with the sales numbers between the 2 models.

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victor83fernandes scrapking (on 23 September 2021)

Don't forget many ps2 consoles were sold way after the ps3 launched, so the switch will still sell for many years.
Switch Lite counts too, because it plays exactly the same games, console sales really don't matter at all, its just a way of seeing how many possible consumers there is for games. Profits are in the games. Developers only care about consumer base, not console sales at all.

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eddy7eddy victor83fernandes (on 24 September 2021)

Yeah, but is really dependent the consumer base with console sales for First Parties.

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victor83fernandes eddy7eddy (on 25 September 2021)

No, not at all, consumer base is important for all games, the more switches sold, the more likelihood of ports of 3rd party games too, that's why 3rd party developers abandoned the wiiU but they are porting a lot to switch. It doesn't matter if people use it as home console or as a portable, as long as people buy the games they develop.

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eddy7eddy victor83fernandes (on 27 September 2021)

You said Developers only care about consumer base, not console sales at all; and that's the only wrong point i'm talking about, if you don't sell consoles, First parties are the one to suffer more on the long run then everything you said happens.

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victor83fernandes eddy7eddy (on 27 September 2021)

You don't seem to be understanding, customer base is more important than console sales, the more customers, the more possibility of selling games. Example, the 3ds + wiiU together sold around 95 million, sounds great, but the customer base for a wiiU game was only around 10 million lets say by mid generation. On the other hand you have switch light and switch, combined sales of around 95 million too(not real numbers just making a point), but a switch game would have 95 million possible sales of games.
Not sure if you realize, 95 million possible sales is better than 10 million possible sales, no matter if your first party or third party developer, any developer wants to sell their games, the more they sell the more money to make more games, and guess which consoles they will develop for, the ones that have more possible sales.
Why do you think GT7 and Horizon 2 and Spiderman miles morales and others also come on ps4? Because of much higher customer base. Any and every developer just like any business in the world wants to sell, the more the better.

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eddy7eddy victor83fernandes (on 27 September 2021)

Yeah I understand cosumer base is more important than console sales, my point is that you said console sales doesn't matter AT ALL and that not true. Can't you see what i'm trying to say? Maybe you're the one who don't seem to understand.

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 29 September 2021)

Your comment is sometimes correct, sometimes incorrect. Sometimes it's better to go for the "blue ocean" strategy of the biggest possible market, other times it's better to be a big fish in a small pond. For example, if you were creating a platform game, maybe the Switch is best because it's got a huge installed base, but maybe a smaller platform is better where it won't have to compete with a Mario game (as a theoretical example).

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 24 September 2021)

I suggested removing Switch Lite sales for purposes of evaluating the Switch as a home console competitor, since it can't be docked. You might add all Switch sales together when considering it a handheld, but only dock-able Switches if you're comparing it to home consoles, was my thought.

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Alistair victor83fernandes (on 24 September 2021)

The Switch will sell well if they release a 3x GPU Pro varient. Otherwise I expect the Switch to suddenly lose all gas next year as other consoles start taking all the news space and be available in high volume. You are seriously underestimating how many PS2 sold... more than double vs. Switch in Europe for example, meanwhile Switch is already losing steam in Europe and expect those sales to drop dramatically over the next year.

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scrapking Alistair (on 24 September 2021)

They could at least release a Switch that's as good in handheld mode as the existing Switch is when docked. That way there'd immediately be lots of software support for it! :) And this hypothetical new Switch would be even better docked. Nintendo could then keep doing that for Switch upgrades on an on-going basis.

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Alistair scrapking (on 25 September 2021)

yes, but I think the PS4 Pro at 2x was a bit weak, and the One X at 4x was amazing, so personally if they don't release a Pro that is 3x or more, I'm not that interested

i think they should just release a new system that is 5x or 6x faster, it has already been 5 years

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scrapking Alistair (on 25 September 2021)

True, my suggestion would have been a bit better a couple of years ago. :)

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victor83fernandes Alistair (on 25 September 2021)

You are delusional, the ps4 pro was a massive improvement on the ps4, it completely removed jagged edges from most games. Sure the xbox one X was more impressive, but both were worthy upgrades especially because you can just sell your old model.
5x or 6x faster, that is not even possible for portables in just 4 years time. If you get that much power your battery would last 1 hour, no one would want that.
You want the power of a ps4 pro on a tiny portable device? How?

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Alistair victor83fernandes (on 26 September 2021)

lol, you're talking to someone that owns the Pro and the original PS4, and they are almost the same

the One vs the One X? that is an upgrade...

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victor83fernandes Alistair (on 26 September 2021)

Get your eyes checked or a better TV, games with the pro upgrade look way better on the pro, difference is massive. I still didn't like either due to loud fan and horrible controller, I'd take xbox any day if I didn't have a powerful PC. Good that they improved with the ps5, no more loud fan and the controller is a bit better.
In fact ps4 to ps4 pro was more of an upgrade than ps4 pro to ps5, I don't see much difference in the games from ps4 pro to ps5 in image quality, only in load times and fps.

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 29 September 2021)

I tend to think you're correct. While the One X was an even more impressive upgrade, there's no question the Pro console helped games meet advertised framerates (among other upgrades) and was a worthy upgrade for someone who wanted an additional PS4 or could sell their original one.

That said, telling someone they're delusional or should get their eyes checked is not a good way to convince them of anything. :P

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Alistair victor83fernandes (on 26 September 2021)

also it would already have been 5 years next year, not 4, since the Switch launched, and the Switch didn't have a custom gaming chip, it started far behind, so there's a lot of room for improvement

in fact the chip in the M1 is already more than 5x faster

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victor83fernandes Alistair (on 26 September 2021)

If you want to keep the price under 400 dollars then its not possible. Don't forget the rest of stuff that comes bundled with the switch 'tablet;. Joycons are expensive for example. Even the charger is more expensive than usual chargers.
Don't forget phones these days are powerful but they cost around 1000 dollars. No one would pay even half that for a switch.
And for your info, no the M1 is not 5x as powerful as the switch gpu. Nowhere close, tell me of any game on M1 chip that surpasses god of war or Last of us 2 graphically.
Graphics is not just numbers, have you tried playing a high demanding game on macbook with M1, I do have a macbook, and let me tell you, the fan will get loud, the computer will get extremely hot and if you push graphics to match something like last of us 2 it will drag a lot.
So when building a portable console that needs to cost maximum 400 dollars, keep itself cool because you need to hold it, not make huge fan noise because your holding it close to you, and keep frames then its not possible.

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eddy7eddy Alistair (on 27 September 2021)

Because the New OLED model, I don't think we're going to have a Pro model.

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victor83fernandes eddy7eddy (on 27 September 2021)

Of course not, by then there will be a switch 2 or a brand new console.
Switch would not name it pro anyway, its a stupid name, what's pro about it? Built for pro gamers only? Names like Super, or extra or 4K would be more appropriate for an upgrade

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victor83fernandes scrapking (on 25 September 2021)

Bad idea, the advantage of consoles/portables is that you develop for the hardware you have, when you start having too many updates on the hardware it will be difficult for everyone, even for a consumer, you might not buy a switch and wait for the next year model. Same with any other console. Its better to have one that wont get updated for many years, so people are comfortable buying and knowing there wont be any better soon.
The Oled model makes sense because its mid generation, right timing, and doesn't update internals, just the screen quality.
People have to realize that high resolution games will kill battery life quick.
To be honest I wont upgrade the switch mostly because the new models cant be hacked, I cant imagine having to pay 80dollars per game when most are just ports. I'd be willing to pay for a pikmin 4, or a new mario 3d, or the new zelda breath of the wild 2, or monster hunter rise, but most games I like on it are ports of old games not worth it.

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Alistair victor83fernandes (on 26 September 2021)

a pro device keeps the same game compatibility if that is what you want

a next gen system can also keep compatibility, ala PS5 and Xbox Series X running the same games (spiderman, GOW, Horizon, Halo) if that is what Nintendo wants to do

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victor83fernandes Alistair (on 26 September 2021)

Not with Nintendo, look at the mess with 3ds, some games like xenoblades would work only on the latest model, it was bad.
If done properly it would be nice, but that means less customers to buy the next generation console when Nintendo releases it.
Besides, Switch is still selling well, there is no point, PS4 pro was needed only for the VR or else Sony wouldn't have bothered, Xbox X was done because the sales of xbox one were very poor. The new nintendo 3DS was done due to sales of 3ds slowing down a lot.
None of that applies to the switch.
And by the time switch sales slow down, it will be time for the next gen console.

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 29 September 2021)

What's wrong with making a game that's specific to the New 3DS? There were a few games specific to the DSi that didn't run on the DS too.

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