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Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - November 2020

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

Switch Vs. 3DS Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 46,000 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,736,422 - Switch

Total Lead: 445,944 - 3DS

Switch Total Sales: 16,420,703

3DS Total Sales: 16,866,647

November 2020 is the 45th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Japan. During the latest month, the Switch closed the gap to the 3DS by 46,000 units when you align the launches. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the 3DS by 2.74 million units. The 3DS is currently ahead of the Switch by 445,944 units.

The 3DS launched in February 2011 in Japan and the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. This does mean the normal holiday periods and the Japanese Golden Week holiday for the two consoles are off by one month.

The 45th month for the Switch is November 2020, while for the 3DS it is October 2014. The Switch has sold 16.42 million units, while the 3DS sold 16.87 million units during the same timeframe.

The 3DS has sold 24.64 million units lifetime in Japan through November 2020. The Switch is currently 8.22 million units behind the lifetime sales of the 3DS.

Watch your back 3DS. This is all the more impressive considering the price difference at this point in both systems' lives, and that 3DS is the 3rd highest selling system ever in Japan.

Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023. (And over 130 million lifetime)