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Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - February 2022

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 April 2022 / 2,733 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 - February 2022

Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - February 2022

Switch Vs. 3DS Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 223,898 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,048,036 - Switch

Total Lead: 3,614,923 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 23,988,496

3DS Total Sales: 20,373,573

February 2022 is the 60th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Japan. During the latest month, the Switch outsold the 3DS by 223,898 units when you align the launches. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the 3DS by 3.05 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 3.61 million units.

The 60th month for the Switch is February 2022, while for the 3DS it is January 2016. The Switch has sold 23.99 million units, while the 3DS sold 20.37 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS did not reach current Switch sales until month 86.

The 3DS has sold 24.67 million units lifetime in Japan. The Switch is currently 0.68 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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2zosteven (on 31 March 2022)


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Eagle367 (on 01 April 2022)

One more month

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siebensus4 (on 31 March 2022)

But there are still people who say that Switch has to outsell 3DS and Wii U combined. Otherwise it's not a success ^^

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ireadtabloids siebensus4 (on 01 April 2022)

That achievement is possible too. Switch can definitely sell another 3 million units after outselling the 3DS in Japan.

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DaAndy siebensus4 (on 01 April 2022)

NSW outselling 3DS+WiiU combined in Japan is given - just a matter of time. Its basically impossible NSW will not do it. But that graph still would be kind of interesting. :)

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ireadtabloids DaAndy (on 01 April 2022)

Quite cool that by the time we get December Famitsu numbers Switch will have achieved 3DS+Wii U sales in all regions on the vgchartz platform totals.

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ireadtabloids (on 31 March 2022)

May charts to be the final ones when Switch overtakes for good?

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Eagle367 ireadtabloids (on 01 April 2022)

You mean March?

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ireadtabloids Eagle367 (on 01 April 2022)

Probably should have said April. I got hung up on the idea that depending on when reporting for April ends it might lose a couple more days than expected and it wouldn’t convincingly clear until first week of May.

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farlaff (on 31 March 2022)

Well, not too long for this to also be over.

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