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Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - March 2022

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - March 2022 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 24 April 2022 / 2,005 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 - March 2022

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - March 2022

Switch Vs. DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,656,518 - DS

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,919,109 - DS

Total Lead: 7,139,185 - DS

Switch Total Sales: 106,447,272

DS Total Sales: 113,586,457

March 2022 is the 61st month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the DS by 1.66 million units when compared to the Switch during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the DS has outsold the Switch by 3.92 million units. The DS is ahead of the Switch by 7.14 million units.

The 61st month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is March 2022, while for the DS it is November 2009. The Switch has sold 106.45 million units, while the DS sold 113.59 million units during the same timeframe.

The Nintendo DS sold 154.02 million units lifetime. The Nintendo Switch is currently 47.57 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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14 Comments
CourageTCD (on 24 April 2022)

The ultimate battle

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SvenTheTurkey (on 24 April 2022)

Switch is slacking off a little. This is going to push the intercept course (if it happens at all) a little later. March 2025 for the successor or there's no chance.

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xMetroid SvenTheTurkey (on 25 April 2022)

Its also because its a March vs November comparison. Switch will be around 127 millions by month 70 while DS will be around 132. It will get closer again and the next Holiday for DS shouldn’t be a big problem.

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SvenTheTurkey xMetroid (on 25 April 2022)

I was referring to the slight decline in switch sales so far this year. But yes, with the holidays misaligned, it makes it hard to tell how close or far they are at times.

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Livewitharya (on 24 April 2022)

Ill be shocked if switch will cross the DS sales numbers. I see Switch closing out at 150 million max. I think the next one is going to be released in 2024. Once the next gen switch is out, the current one will slow down by a huge margin.

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Amnesia Livewitharya (on 24 April 2022)

Not if by the release of the new one, they kill the price of the OLED at 250 and the Lite at 150, with the new gen machine at 350 or 400.

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kazuyamishima Amnesia (on 24 April 2022)

High inflation and High cost of materials/manufacturing costs, but yeah they will drop the price…..

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SvenTheTurkey kazuyamishima (on 24 April 2022)

We do have to imagine what effect that will have on the successor. My guess is they're trying to bide their time until the conditions are a little more favorable. There's never a guarantee about how the trends will go though.

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Scoopz (on 25 April 2022)

If a Switch successor doesnt release until 2024 and the Switchs momentum (i.e approximately 20 mill sales each year) maintains sufficiently 22 to 23 and 23 to 24 then Switch certainly has a good chance. Its on 107 mill currently. Even after Switch 2 releases Switch sales wont nosedive theyll probably half year 1 and then phase out from there. I estimate that Winter 2025 the Switch will have become the number 1 selling console of all time

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 05 May 2022)

DS in 2017: Why do I hear boss music?

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Kristof81 (on 25 April 2022)

Switch would have to really kill it this holiday, meaning to have the best holiday season to date. However, considering that after 14 weeks the YoY sales are down by around 25%, I doubt it. Even without the YoY drop (the repeat of 2021), Switch would still be 5M behind by the end of this year. In reality, next month, this gap will reach a new bottom of 11-12M. This is almost half of the annual sales in a good/close to peak year. I was hopeful, but sorry fellas. IMO this race is over.

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xMetroid Kristof81 (on 25 April 2022)

Switch in 2021 had an insane H1 but fumbled in the rest of the year. With system sellers and hopefully shortage getting better, im sure It can gain some more momentum at the end of the year. They still can get more aggressive with the pricing here.

We still have many big titles to come next year and it just shows the race is far to be over when Switch yes as a disadvantage but has way more life in it left than DS at that point. DS was in a big piracy problem and the models were already dirt cheap.

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siebensus4 (on 24 April 2022)

I expect a lower low in the gap chart. No sign of a trend change yet.

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HigHurtenflurst siebensus4 (on 25 April 2022)

Next month is DS 7mil so yeah gap will be down to 12.5-13mil.
The 12 months after that DS did 20mil which I don't think Switch will match, but it's an easier target so the gap might only extend to 14-15mil by April next year (Dec 2010 for DS), after that the DS sold less than 13mil over 3 years so Switch should gain some ground back (unless Switch 2 releases early 2023) but I don't expect it to catch DS.

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