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Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Nears Lifetime 3DS Sales in October 2020

This monthly series compares the aligned worldwide sales of the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS.

Switch Vs. 3DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,494,326 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 17,369,532 - Switch

Total Lead: 23,071,430 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 67,966,935

3DS Total Sales: 44,895,505

October 2020 is the 44th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 1.49 million units when compared to the 3DS during the same timeframe and by 17.37 million units in favor of the Switch in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 23.07 million units.

The 3DS launched in February 2011 (however, 3DS sales have been aligned to March 2011, since it only launched at the end of February in Japan), while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. This does mean the holidays for the two platforms do lineup.

The 44th month for the Nintendo Switch is October 2020 and for the Nintendo 3DS it is October 2014. The Switch has sold 67.97 million units, while the 3DS sold 44.90 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS did not reach current Switch sales until month 81.

The Nintendo 3DS has sold 75.82 million units to date. The Nintendo Switch is currently just 7.85 million units behind the lifetime sales of the 3DS. At its current pace, the Switch will outsell the lifetime 3DS sales sometime in December.

I never get tired of seeing this comparison these days after countless times trying to explain to people as late as last year why Switch was going to easily outsell 3DS.

People used to just look at their graphs trending closely together and totally ignore that 3DS needed an emergency price cut to nearly half Switch's price to hit that pace while Switch was doing it at $300 and before any revisions.

Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.