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Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - May 2021 

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

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.

Switch Vs. 3DS Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 242,588 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,473,603 - Switch

Total Lead: 1,624,597 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 20,086,333

3DS Total Sales: 18,461,736

May 2021 is the 51st month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Japan. During the latest month, the Switch outsold the 3DS by 242,588 units when you align the launches. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the 3DS by 3.47 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 1.62 million units.

The 51st month for the Switch is May 2021, while for the 3DS it is April 2015. The Switch has sold 20.09 million units, while the 3DS sold 18.46 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS did not reach current Switch sales until month 59.

The 3DS has sold 24.65 million units lifetime in Japan through May 2021. The Switch is currently 4.56 million units behind the lifetime sales of the 3DS.



VGChartz Sales Analyst and Writer - William D'Angelo - I stream on Twitch and have my own YoutubeFollow me on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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