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Switch vs 3DS and Wii U Sales Comparison - January 2021

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: 1,163,970 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 16,679,60 - Switch

Total Lead: 16,462,638 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 78,631,440

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 62,168,802

January 2021 is the 47th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 1.16 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 16.68 million units. The Switch leads by 16.46 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 47th month for the Nintendo Switch is January 2021, for the Nintendo 3DS it is January 2015 and for the Wii U it is July 2016. The Switch has sold 78.63 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 62.17 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS and Wii U did not reach current Switch sales until month 74.

The 3DS and Wii U have sold 89.48 million units lifetime. The Switch is 10.85 million units behind the 3DS and Wii U.

So Switch is ahead of Wii U + 3DS by a Dreamcast + Saturn.

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)