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Switch vs 3DS and Wii U Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Tops 10 Million in October 2020

This monthly series compares the aligned worldwide Nintendo Switch sales with the combined Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U sales.

Switch Vs. 3DS and Wii U Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,407,027 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 14,155,000 – Switch

Total Lead: 10,131,367 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 67,966,935

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 57,835,568

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 1.41 million units when compared to the combined sales of the 3DS and Wii U during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the gap has grown in favor of the Switch by 14.16 million units. The Switch leads by 10.13 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), the Wii U launched in November 2012, and the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The holiday periods between the Switch and 3DS lineup, however, the Wii U holiday is offset from the Switch.

The 44th month for the Nintendo Switch is October 2020, for the Nintendo 3DS it is October 2014 and for the Wii U it is April 2016. The Switch has sold 67.97 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 57.84 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS and Wii U did not reach current Switch sales until month 58.

The 3DS and Wii U have sold 89.38 million units lifetime through September 2020. The Switch is 21.41 million units behind the 3DS and Wii U. The Wii U has been off the market for several years only selling 13.56 million units lifetime, while the 3DS recently ended production and the few remaining stock units left in stock will likely be sold out by the end of the year.

Dominating both its predecessors, combined. A common stick used to beat the Switch back in 2017/2018 was that since it replaced both Wii U and 3DS, it wasn't a success because it wasn't outselling the two combined. Well, boom bitches.

RolStoppable said:
curl-6 said:

While I don't expect Switch to outsell the DS, just landing within 20 million of it lifetime would be an incredible achievement, and if Nintendo don't prematurely replace it, I've amended my lifetime Switch forecast to 130-140 million.

Wow, what a day. First curl-6 adjusts his PS4 expectation down and now he increases his Switch expectation. He's now a believer that Switch will sell more units lifetime than the PS4.

At the rate things are going, yeah, with PS4 slowing down faster than anticipated and the price cut I expected by now nowhere in sight, so long as Switch isn't cut short by a premature successor in 2021/2022, I can't see PS4 keeping its lead, not with the kind of momentum Switch has built this year and games like Monster Hunter Rise, BOTW2, and the potential for more revisions and price cuts ahead of it.

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