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Switch vs DS Sales Comparison in Japan - November 2022

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 08 December 2022 / 2,202 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 Sales Comparison in Japan - November 2022

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison in Japan - November 2022

Switch Vs. DS Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 330,637 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,541,357 - Switch

Total Lead: 3,845,269 - DS

Switch Total Sales: 27,125,102

DS Total Sales: 30,970,371

November 2022 is the 69th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Japan. During the latest month, the Switch has outsold the DS by 330,647 units when you align the launches.

In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the DS by 1.54 million units. The DS is currently ahead of the Switch by 3.85 million units.

The 69th month for the Switch is November 2022, while for the DS it is August 2010. The Switch has sold 27.13 million units, while the DS sold 30.97 million units during the same timeframe. The DS sold current Switch sales in month 56.

The DS has sold 32.99 million units lifetime in Japan. The Switch is currently 5.86 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 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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5 Comments
darthv72 (on 08 December 2022)

Looks like DS started leveling out around month 73. 3DS went a little longer before it started to level out with month 91. And Switch is right there in the middle and still climbing.

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siebensus4 (on 09 December 2022)

Almost 6 more millions for Switch to beat DS. Switch should sell around 3.5M next year. It looks somehow doable to reach 33M lifetime.

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2zosteven (on 08 December 2022)

i think i can, I think i can, switch will be short!

  • +6
Slownenberg (on 08 December 2022)

Switch will definitely take the Japan crown. By end of next year Switch will be probably just over 1m to go. Depending on when switch2 comes out switch will either barely pass the DS or easily pass it by a million or two.

  • +2
Eagle367 (on 10 December 2022)

This will happen انشاءاللہ

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