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Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - August 2023

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - August 2023 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 October 2023 / 5,910 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 - August 2023

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - August 2023

Switch Vs. DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 280,077 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 188,287 - DS

Total Lead: 14,647,936 - DS

Switch Total Sales: 129,421,648

DS Total Sales: 144,069,584

August 2023 is the 78th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 280,077 units when compared to the DS during the same timeframe.

In the last 12 months, the DS has outsold the Switch by 188,287 units. The DS is ahead of the Switch by 14.65 million units.

The 78th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is August 2023, while for the DS it is April 2011. The Switch has sold 129.42 million units, while the DS sold 144.07 million units during the same timeframe.

The Nintendo DS sold 154.02 million units lifetime. The Nintendo Switch is currently 24.60 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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Doctor_MG (on 28 September 2023)

This is when Switch can make a comeback, but we will have to see if it can comeback enough to usurp the DS

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Bofferbrauer2 Doctor_MG (on 29 September 2023)

Yeah, from here on out the gap will only get smaller anymore, not larger. But closing a 15M gap when the Switch is already in it's 7th year will be no small feat.

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Bumblaster Bofferbrauer2 (on 29 September 2023)

25 million gap.

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Machina Bofferbrauer2 (on 05 October 2023)

There are still two (comparatively modest) holiday periods for the DS to come, so the gap could well increase here:

Nov 2011 (803k) v March 2024
Dec 2011 (1.56m) v April 2024
Nov 2012 (487k) v March 2025
Dec 2012 (851k) v April 2025

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CourageTCD (on 29 September 2023)

We have come to a point where even the smallest boosts the DS got in its later holiday seasons can prevent the Switch from winning the competition

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