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Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - September 2021

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 November 2021 / 2,400 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 - September 2021

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - September 2021

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - September 2021

Switch Vs. 3DS Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 56,943 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,092,987 - Switch

Total Lead: 2,319,470 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 21,276,234

3DS Total Sales: 18,956,764

September 2021 is the 55th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Japan. During the latest month, the Switch outsold the 3DS by 56,943 units when you align the launches. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the 3DS by 3.09 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 2.32 million units.

The 55th month for the Switch is September 2021, while for the 3DS it is August 2015. The Switch has sold 21.28 million units, while the 3DS sold 18.96 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS did not reach current Switch sales until month 69.

The 3DS has sold 24.66 million units lifetime in Japan through August 2021. The Switch is currently 3.38 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 wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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6 Comments
Kakadu18 (on 30 October 2021)

This will be over next year.

  • +7
Lucarionator Kakadu18 (on 30 October 2021)

That doesn't even make sense. Some of the most anticipated NS titles will be released in 2021, such as Zelda Botw 2, Bayo 3, Pokemon Legends and probably other titles not yet announced.

I believe the Switch loses strength in sales in 2023, especially after the release of Metroid Prime 4.

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PAOerfulone Lucarionator (on 30 October 2021)

He's talking about the comparison.
Next year, the Switch will pass the 3DS' lifetime sales and that'll be the end of it.

  • +5
Kakadu18 Lucarionator (on 31 October 2021)

Yeah, I meant the comparison, obviously the Switch won't get a successor next year.

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2zosteven (on 30 October 2021)

when the switch was first introduced, did anyone predict this?

  • +4