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Switch vs DS in Japan Sales Comparison - March 2022

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 May 2022 / 3,026 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 normal holiday periods and the Japanese Golden Week holiday for the two consoles do not lineup.

Switch Vs. DS Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 455,494 - DS

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,289,225 - Switch

Total Lead: 4,974,421 - DS

Switch Total Sales: 24,420,284

DS Total Sales: 29,394,705

March 2022 is the 61st month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Japan. During the latest month, the DS has outsold the Switch by 455,494 units when you align the launches.

In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the DS by 1.29 million units. The DS is currently ahead of the Switch by 4.97 million units.

The 61st month for the Switch is March 2022, while for the DS it is December 2009. The Switch has sold 24.42 million units, while the DS sold 29.39 million units during the same timeframe. The DS sold current Switch sales in month 50.

The DS has sold 32.98 million units lifetime in Japan. The Switch is currently 8.56 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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19 Comments
brute (on 07 May 2022)

Shouldnt the gap change in the latest month be a win for DS and not Switch?
And with December out of the way, Switch will now being to gain some ground again. Switch should outsell DS be mid-end of 2024.

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trunkswd brute (on 07 May 2022)

You are right that should say DS. I'll go and fix the typo.

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CourageTCD (on 07 May 2022)

This is a new chart? I haven't seen Switch vs DS in japan before

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trunkswd CourageTCD (on 07 May 2022)

February was the first time I did this chart. With the Switch about to outsell the 3DS in Japan, I figured I should replace it with this one.

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brute (on 07 May 2022)

Shouldnt the gap change in the latest month be a win for DS and not Switch?
And with December out of the way, Switch will now being to gain some ground again. Switch should outsell DS be mid-end of 2024.

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Doctor_MG (on 07 May 2022)

Almost half of the current DS lead on Switch is from Japan. Looking at this chart and how Switch has been making quite a bit of ground, I'm more confident in Switch's ability to catch up with the DS in total sales provided Nintendo doesn't cannibalize their market by announcing/releasing Switch 2 in 2023.

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trunkswd Doctor_MG (on 07 May 2022)

With the shortages expected to continue into 2024 now I wouldn't expect to see a Switch '2' until March 2024 at the earliest. Plus we have yet to see a Switch price cut after over 5 years on the market. Well other than a small one in Europe last year.

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Doctor_MG trunkswd (on 07 May 2022)

I'm not sure if Nintendo is interested in giving the Switch a price cut at all, tbh. The shortage of chips is likely causing increased prices for manufacturing, which means less profit. Plus they have the 199 model already, albeit with reduced functions.

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trunkswd Doctor_MG (on 07 May 2022)

That is a good point. Even the PS4 only ever saw one price cut. Sony could have sold more PS4 consoles, but they decided to stick with profits over consoles sold.

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SvenTheTurkey trunkswd (on 07 May 2022)

Yep. Whether it's games or hardware, price cuts rarely increase profits. The only advantage to cutting costs on consoles is for increased number of subscriptions and game sales.

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eddy7eddy trunkswd (on 08 May 2022)

Exactly, March 2024 makes sense for the earliest and I have a feeling that March 2025 is going to be the date.

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DaAndy (on 07 May 2022)

So DS only sold 3.6 Million from "now" on untill end of life. Switch will demolish this number. I still think Switch can surpass NDS.

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SvenTheTurkey DaAndy (on 07 May 2022)

I think so, too. Assuming there's no replacement within 24 months, which I doubt, that's about when it would happen.

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