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Switch vs DS in Japan Sales Comparison - February 2022

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 09 April 2022 / 2,591 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 DS.

The DS launched in December 2004 in Japan and the Nintendo Switch launched 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 in Japan Sales Comparison - February 2022

Switch vs DS in Japan Sales Comparison - February 2022

Switch Vs. DS Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 49,050 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,151,879 - Switch

Total Lead: 4,518,927 - DS

Switch Total Sales: 23,988,496

DS Total Sales: 28,507,423

February 2022 is the 60th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Japan. During the latest month, the Switch outsold the DS by 49,050 units when you align the launches. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the DS by 1.15 million units. The DS is currently ahead of the Switch by 4.52 million units.

The 60th month for the Switch is February 2022, while for the DS it is November 2009. The Switch has sold 23.99 million units, while the DS sold 28.51 million units during the same timeframe. The DS sold current Switch sales in month 48.

The DS has sold 32.98 million units lifetime in Japan. The Switch is currently 8.99 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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6 Comments
AlbiNecroxz (on 09 April 2022)

This will be REALLY interesting to see

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Salnax (on 10 April 2022)

Fascinating, a race that the Switch DOESN'T have in the bag.

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siebensus4 (on 09 April 2022)

If there's a chance for Switch, it will take quite longer to the upside than it took to the downside of the gap chart. It all depends on when the Switch successor will be released and how long Nintendo will support Switch. But I guess they won't let Switch die as fast as DS.

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Eagle367 (on 10 April 2022)

The switch can win this. Just needs 2 and a half years or less

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 05 May 2022)

If switch ain't too far behind in one year, than it can win this easily. DS will will basically flatline in one year, allowing for the Switch to catch up any missing ground from there on out.

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Podings (on 12 April 2022)

Can they do it?!
Also, I'm curious of how so many of the top graphs in these articles are labeled wrong. :v
We're looking at the Switch lead (or absence thereof) not the DS lead.

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