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Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - January 2022

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - January 2022 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 March 2022 / 2,962 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 - January 2022

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - January 2022

Switch Vs. 3DS Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 393,949 - 3DS

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,992,978 - Switch

Total Lead: 3,391,025 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 23,609,715

3DS Total Sales: 20,218,690

January 2022 is the 59th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Japan. During the latest month, the 3DS outsold the Switch by 393,949 units when you align the launches. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the 3DS by 2.99 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 3.39 million units.

The 59th month for the Switch is January 2022, while for the 3DS it is December 2015. The Switch has sold 23.61 million units, while the 3DS sold 20.22 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS did not reach current Switch sales until month 83.

The 3DS has sold 24.67 million units lifetime in Japan. The Switch is currently 1.06 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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4 Comments
JWeinCom (on 26 February 2022)

3DS won by nearly 400,000 units. Cliff confirmed.

  • +7
SKMBlake (on 26 February 2022)

Yeah they shipped 24.36 million Switch in Japan on December 31st 2021, and 24.56 million 3DS, I guess it's above the 3DS by now

  • +3
Darwinianevolution (on 27 February 2022)

The 3DS had so many heavy hitters for the japanese market: two generations of Pokemon, three Youkai Watch, multiple Monster Hunter... And yet the Switch is probably going to outsell it in about a month now. Madness.

  • +1
Eagle367 (on 26 February 2022)

It's probably gonna outsell in a few months

  • +1