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Switch vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – March 2020

Switch Vs. Wii Global:

Gap change in latest month: 513,703 - Wii

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,663,175 - Switch

Total Lead: 3,518,066 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 53,733,752

Wii Total Sales: 57,251,818

March 2020 is the 37th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the Wii grew its lead over the Switch by 513,703 units. In the last 12 months the Switch has outsold the Wii by just 1.66 million units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 3.52 million units.

The Wii launched in November 2006, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. The Switch has sold 53.73 million units, while the Wii sold 57.25 million units during the same timeframe.

The 37th month for the Nintendo Switch is March 2020 and for the Wii it is November 2009.

The Wii sold 101.63 million units worldwide during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 47.90 million units to outsell the Wii.

Holy moly, the Wii was in it's 2009 holiday season at this point, and the Switch is roughly keeping pace with it... in March.

The gap was over 10 million just 6 months ago, now it's just 3.5 million...

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Switch vs 3DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – March 2020

Switch Vs. 3DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,695,666 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 7,969,789 - Switch

Total Lead: 12,389,703 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 53,733,752

3DS Total Sales: 41,344,049

March 2020 is the 37th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 1.70 million units when compared to the 3DS during the same timeframe and by 7.97 million units in favor of the Switch in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 12.39 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. The Switch has sold 53.73 million units, while the 3DS sold 41.34 million units during the same timeframe.

The Nintendo 3DS has sold 75.16 million units to date. The Nintendo Switch is currently 21.43 million units behind the lifetime sales of the 3DS.



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curl-6 said:

Holy moly, the Wii was in it's 2009 holiday season at this point, and the Switch is roughly keeping pace with it... in March.

The gap was over 10 million just 6 months ago, now it's just 3.5 million...

Switch will beat the Wii's lifetime sales very easily, not just barely (5-15m) like you believe.

What I find amusing is how the general consensus for Switch's lifetime sales goes up every year.

January 2017: "Anything more than 50m is a highly optimistic, if not insane, prediction."

January 2018: "Okay, so Switch has been selling better than expected and 50m isn't so farfetched now, but it's still doubtful that it can beat the 3DS's lifetime sales."

January 2019: "Alright, looks like the 3DS will go down. But Nintendo consoles peak early and don't have long tails [Rol's note: a statement that is not based on complete historical data], so 100m isn't in the cards."

January 2020: "Now it's likely to beat the Wii, but it was and is crazy talk that it can match the PS4, let alone beat it."

In a year's time people will see that Switch remains ahead of the PS4 in a launch-aligned comparison and then it will hit them that the PS4 peaked in its fourth year while Switch's momentum will still be going strong. Not just because Nintendo has more system sellers in the works, but also because Switch Lite makes it easily affordable for households to add secondary and tertiary Switch units. Beating the PS4's lifetime sales will begin to look quite realistic for most people in early 2021.

And then in 2022 Switch will start to aim for the highest level in console sales history. Once it dawns on people that Switch is bound to have a long tail due to necessity - just like the 3DS saw extended first party support due to Switch's comparably high price point - so will Switch be relevant on the market even when its successor is already out. Add the revelation that in 2022 Switch's successor won't be due anytime soon and the numbers will begin to add up. Perhaps then will be the time when more and more people will question why they were content with repeating lines of conventional wisdom when said wisdom was never based on actual complete sales data to begin with. Remember last month with the rundown of sales of consoles after their respective successor had launched? It will be like that.



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Switch vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – March 2020

Switch Vs. DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 685,105 - DS

Gap change over last 12 months: 6,026,393 - DS

Total Lead: 2,604,809 - DS

Switch Total Sales: 53,733,752

DS Total Sales: 56,338,561

March is the 37th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the DS by 685,105 units when compared to the DS during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months the DS has outsold the Switch by 6.03 million units. The DS is ahead of the Switch by 2.60 million units.

The DS launched in November 2004 in North America, December 2004 in Japan and March 2005 in Europe, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 3.73 million units, while the DS sold 56.34 million units during the same timeframe.

The 37th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is February 2020, while for the DS it is November 2007.

The Nintendo DS sold 154.02 million units lifetime. The Nintendo Switch is currently 100.29 million units behind the lifetime sales of the DS.



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PS4 vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – March 2020

PlayStation 4 Vs. DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 165,091 – DS

Gap change over last 12 months: 5,452,840 – DS

Total Lead: 35,257,130 - DS

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 108,272,070

DS Total Sales: 143,529,200

March 2020 is the 77th month that the PlayStation 4 has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Nintendo DS when compared with the PlayStation 4 during the same timeframe. The Nintendo DS has grown its lead over the PlayStation 4 by 165,091 units and in the last 12 months outsold the PlayStation 4 by 5.45 million units. The Nintendo DS currently leads by 35.26 million units.

The DS launched in November 2004 in North America, December 2004 in Japan and March 2005 in Europe, while the PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013. The PlayStation 4 has sold 108.27 million units, while the Nintendo DS sold 143.53 million units during the same timeframe.

The 77th month on sale for the PlayStation 4 is March, while for the Nintendo DS it is March 2011.

The Nintendo DS ended up selling 154.02 million units lifetime. The PlayStation 4 needs to sell another 45.75 million units to outsell the Nintendo DS.



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Switch vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – March 2020

Switch Vs. DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 685,105 - DS

Gap change over last 12 months: 6,026,393 - DS

Total Lead: 2,604,809 - DS

Switch Total Sales: 53,733,752

DS Total Sales: 56,338,561

March is the 37th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the DS by 685,105 units when compared to the DS during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months the DS has outsold the Switch by 6.03 million units. The DS is ahead of the Switch by 2.60 million units.

The DS launched in November 2004 in North America, December 2004 in Japan and March 2005 in Europe, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 3.73 million units, while the DS sold 56.34 million units during the same timeframe.

The 37th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is February 2020, while for the DS it is November 2007.

The Nintendo DS sold 154.02 million units lifetime. The Nintendo Switch is currently 100.29 million units behind the lifetime sales of the DS.

Still so close! Please Nintendo don't cut Switch short like with Wii...

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PS4 vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – March 2020

PlayStation 4 Vs. DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 165,091 – DS

Gap change over last 12 months: 5,452,840 – DS

Total Lead: 35,257,130 - DS

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 108,272,070

DS Total Sales: 143,529,200

March 2020 is the 77th month that the PlayStation 4 has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Nintendo DS when compared with the PlayStation 4 during the same timeframe. The Nintendo DS has grown its lead over the PlayStation 4 by 165,091 units and in the last 12 months outsold the PlayStation 4 by 5.45 million units. The Nintendo DS currently leads by 35.26 million units.

The DS launched in November 2004 in North America, December 2004 in Japan and March 2005 in Europe, while the PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013. The PlayStation 4 has sold 108.27 million units, while the Nintendo DS sold 143.53 million units during the same timeframe.

The 77th month on sale for the PlayStation 4 is March, while for the Nintendo DS it is March 2011.

The Nintendo DS ended up selling 154.02 million units lifetime. The PlayStation 4 needs to sell another 45.75 million units to outsell the Nintendo DS.

DS still widening the gap even at this point, proof Nintendo systems can have good legs.



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Switch vs PS4 – VGChartz Gap Charts – March 2020

Switch Vs. PS4 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,024,151 – PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,487,899 – Switch

Total Lead: 4,875,794 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 53,733,752

PS4 Total Sales: 48,857,958

March 2020 is the 37th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 by 1.02 million units when compared to the Switch during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 3.49 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 4 by 4.88 million units.

The PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 53.73 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 48.86 million units during the same timeframe.

The 37th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is March 2020, while for the PlayStation 4 it is November 2016.



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PS4 vs PS3 in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – March 2020

PS4 Vs. PS3 Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 142,851 – PS3

Gap change over last 12 months: 307,584 – PS3

Total Lead: 41,230 – PS4

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 8,936,785

PlayStation 3 Total Sales: 8,895,555

March 2020 is the 74th month of the PlayStation 4 being on sale in Japan. The gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 3 by 142,851 units in the last month and in favor of the PlayStation 3 by 307,584 units in the last 12 months. The PlayStation 4 currently leads by just 41,230 units.

The PlayStation 3 launched in November 2006, while the PlayStation 4 launched in February 2014. The PlayStation 4 has sold 8.94 million units, while its predecessor the PlayStation 3 sold 8.90 million units.

The PS3 sold 10.47 million units lifetime in Japan. The PS4 needs to sell another 1.53 million units to outsell the PS3.



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How did the PS3 sell from there on?



Moren said:
How did the PS3 sell from there on?

Still relatively well, hence why it has been reducing the gap for a while and is on pace to beat the PS4 in Japan despite an upcoming PS4 bump due to Final Fantasy VII Remake, because PS4 sales have decreased faster than PS3 sales late in the lifecycle.

Another factor is that the delayed PS4 launch allowed the PS3 to have eight holiday seasons as Sony's main console whereas a PS5 launch in 2020 would make the PS4 have only six.



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