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Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - February 2022

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - February 2022 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 April 2022 / 2,614 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 sales of the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo DS.

The DS launched in November 2004 in North America, December 2004 in Japan, and March 2005 in Europe, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, which is why there are big increases and decreases.

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - February 2022

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - February 2022

Switch Vs. DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 70,706 - NS

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,995,190 - DS

Total Lead: 5,373,567 - DS

Switch Total Sales: 104,864,771

DS Total Sales: 110,238,338

February 2022 is the 60th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 70,706 units when compared to the Switch during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the DS has outsold the Switch by 4.00 million units. The DS is ahead of the Switch by 5.37 million units.

The 60th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is February 2022, while for the DS it is October 2009. The Switch has sold 104.86 million units, while the DS sold 110.24 million units during the same timeframe.

The Nintendo DS sold 154.02 million units lifetime. The Nintendo Switch is currently 49.16 million units behind the lifetime sales of the DS.


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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18 Comments
JWeinCom (on 20 March 2022)

Well, there's a chance.

  • +14
SvenTheTurkey JWeinCom (on 21 March 2022)

Yeah. And even staying competitive after 5 years is impressive already. There's about to be a big gap for a while, but we'll see if Nintendo gives it the time it needs to close the gap before the switch 2.

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SuperNintend0rk (on 20 March 2022)

Less than 50 million to go! You've got this Switch! Just remember... this is a long distance marathon, not a sprint!

  • +12
SKMBlake (on 20 March 2022)

We're entering the period where the DS starts to slow down, it will be interesting to see if the Switch will catch up

  • +10
Jumpin SKMBlake (on 20 March 2022)

Although, even while slowing, the next year and 3 months is still roughly 32-33 million DS units sold.

  • +6
CourageTCD Jumpin (on 20 March 2022)

Which are very impressive numbers

  • +4
Amnesia SKMBlake (on 20 March 2022)

The Switch too is slowing down.

  • -1
Doctor_MG Amnesia (on 20 March 2022)

The DS fell off a cliff at a certain point. Switch may be slowing down, but it has a chance of it can maintain longevity.

  • +1
Kristof81 (on 21 March 2022)

TBH I don't see NS dethroning DS anytime soon, if ever. If we take last year's NS numbers (so far, 2022 - 13% down YoY), in next 5 weeks this gap will increase by another 5.7M to a total of 11M, aka new deepest dip on the chart above. Past that the DS will be no slouch either, with a base of 290k pw, for another 11 months. Whichever way you look at it, that's A LOT of catching up to do.

  • +5
CourageTCD (on 20 March 2022)

How many DS units were sold on 2009 Holidays season?

  • +4
SuperJortendo CourageTCD (on 20 March 2022)

Roughly 13.5 million DS's sold from Sep-Dec 2009, if I used to hardware tool thing correctly on this site.

  • +4
siebensus4 (on 20 March 2022)

Lower low in the gap chart incoming. Downward channel is still intact. DS should lead by around 15M units in 3 months.

  • +2
xMetroid (on 20 March 2022)

After this year it will be pretty clear what the trajectory will be. Revision might be revealed, and Switch should be in the low 120s at month 70.

  • +2
Eagle367 (on 21 March 2022)

Switch can win this

  • +1
SanAndreasX (on 20 March 2022)

The DS was a tough act to follow to begin with, plus it was cheaper.

  • +1
siebensus4 (on 21 March 2022)

I think it all depends on 2023 if Switch has a chance to beat DS. Switch needs to stay above 200k weekly next year. If Nintendo has a good software output in 2023 together with a price cut and don't annouce a Switch successor, I see a chance.

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sboy11es (on 21 March 2022)

Do you have the data for a Switch vs PS2?

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Mnementh sboy11es (on 21 March 2022)

I don't think that monthly or weekly sales data for PS2 exists. There might be quarterly shipment data for it though.

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