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trunkswd said:
curl-6 said:

Well, the old double helix is well and truly broken at this point; even the downswing has been reversed. Switch will win this one I think.

What is interesting is comparing the US and worldwide sales of the Switch vs PS4 charts. They both look fairly similar. Though, in the end Switch is going to finish ahead in North America and WAY ahead in Japan, but be behind in most of Europe. Switch will likely outsell the PS4 in the UK and France.

Germany is such a letdown in so many aspects.

EDIT: Saw the top 20 games of May in Germany. Ten Nintendo games on the list, so maybe Germans aren't so bad, after all. They are just slow on the uptake.

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RolStoppable said:
trunkswd said:

What is interesting is comparing the US and worldwide sales of the Switch vs PS4 charts. They both look fairly similar. Though, in the end Switch is going to finish ahead in North America and WAY ahead in Japan, but be behind in most of Europe. Switch will likely outsell the PS4 in the UK and France.

Germany is such a letdown in so many aspects.

EDIT: Saw the top 20 games of May in Germany. Ten Nintendo games on the list, so maybe Germans aren't so bad, after all. They are just slow on the uptake.

Switch the last few months is starting to do better in mainland Europe. France has been the best market for the console in mainland Europe. 



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PS4 vs Wii in the US Sales Comparison – May 2020

PlayStation 4 Vs. Wii US:

Gap change in latest month: 182,789 - PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,337,918 - PS4

Total Lead: 7,704,289

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 33,340,343

Wii Total Sales: 41,044,632

May 2020 is the 79th month that the PlayStation 4 has been available for in the US. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 when compared with the Nintendo Wii during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 4 has caught up to the Wii by 182,789 units and in the last 12 months outsold the Wii by 2.34 million units. The Wii currently leads by 7.70 million units.

Both consoles launched in November in the US. The Wii launched in November 2006, while the PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013. This does mean the holidays for the two consoles do lineup.

The 79th months for the PlayStation 4 is May 2020, while for the Wii it is May 2013. The PlayStation 4 has sold 33.34 million units, while the Wii sold 41.04 million units during the same timeframe.

The Wii sold units 41.70 million lifetime in the US, therefore the PlayStation 4 needs to sell another 8.36 million units to catch up to the lifetime sales of the Wii.



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Switch vs 3DS and Wii U in the US Sales Comparison – Switch Lead Expands in May 2020

Switch Vs. 3DS and Wii U USA:

Gap change in latest month: 531,077 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,882,416 - Switch

Total Lead: 2,597,227 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 19,980,811

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 17,383,584

May 2020 is the 39th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in the US. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch when compared to the combined sales of the 3DS and Wii U during the same timeframe by 531,077 units. In the last 12 months the gap has grown in favor of the Switch by 2.88 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS and Wii U by 2.60 million units.

The 3DS launched in March 2011 in the US and the Wii U launched in November 2012, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. The holiday periods between the Switch and 3DS lineup, however, the Wii U holiday is offset from the Switch.

The 39th month for the Nintendo Switch is May 2020, for the Nintendo 3DS it is May 2014 and for the Wii U it is January 2016. The Switch has sold 19.98 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 17.38 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS and Wii U did not reach current Switch sales until month 48, when they sold a combined 20.07 million units.

The 3DS and Wii U have sold a combined 28.86 million units in the US. The Switch is currently 8.88 million units behind. The Wii U has been off the market for a few years, while the 3DS is still on the market. However, 3DS sales have shrunk considerably and is selling well under 10,000 units per week.

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Switch vs 3DS and Wii U in the US Sales Comparison – Switch Lead Expands in May 2020

*looks at month 66*

How did you manage to have cumulative sales go down?



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Switch vs 3DS and Wii U in the US Sales Comparison – Switch Lead Expands in May 2020

Switch Vs. 3DS and Wii U USA:

Gap change in latest month: 531,077 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,882,416 - Switch

Total Lead: 2,597,227 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 19,980,811

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 17,383,584

May 2020 is the 39th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in the US. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch when compared to the combined sales of the 3DS and Wii U during the same timeframe by 531,077 units. In the last 12 months the gap has grown in favor of the Switch by 2.88 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS and Wii U by 2.60 million units.

The 3DS launched in March 2011 in the US and the Wii U launched in November 2012, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. The holiday periods between the Switch and 3DS lineup, however, the Wii U holiday is offset from the Switch.

The 39th month for the Nintendo Switch is May 2020, for the Nintendo 3DS it is May 2014 and for the Wii U it is January 2016. The Switch has sold 19.98 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 17.38 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS and Wii U did not reach current Switch sales until month 48, when they sold a combined 20.07 million units.

The 3DS and Wii U have sold a combined 28.86 million units in the US. The Switch is currently 8.88 million units behind. The Wii U has been off the market for a few years, while the 3DS is still on the market. However, 3DS sales have shrunk considerably and is selling well under 10,000 units per week.

That sharp breakway from week 32 onwards says it all.

Switch has this in the bag, it'll overtake before the end of next year.



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

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Switch vs 3DS and Wii U in the US Sales Comparison – Switch Lead Expands in May 2020

*looks at month 66*

How did you manage to have cumulative sales go down?

Pooooop. I must have messed up the formula for that month. 

Edit: Fixed. It was luckily just an error for the one month in the formula. 



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PlayStation 4 vs Xbox 360 in the US Sales Comparison - Gap Shrinks May 2020

PS4 Vs. X360 US:

Gap change in latest month: 16,958 - PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,422,038 - X360

Total Lead: 1,221,955 - X360

X360 Total Sales: 34,562,298

PS4 Total Sales: 33,340,343

May 2020 is the 79th month that the PlayStation 4 has been available for in the US. During the latest month, the gap in the US between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360 grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 when you align launches. The PlayStation 4 sold 16,958 more units than the Xbox 360. However, in the last 12 months the Xbox 360 has sold 3.42 million more units than the PlayStation 4. The Xbox 360 currently leads by 1.22 million units.

The PlayStation 4 launched in the US on November 15, 2013, while the Xbox 360 launched on November 22, 2005. This does mean the holiday periods between the consoles do lineup.

The 79th month for the PlayStation 4 is May 2020 and for the Xbox 360 it is May 2012.The PlayStation 4 has sold 33.34 million units, while the Xbox 360 sold 34.56 million units during the same timeframe.

The Xbox 360 sold 45.14 million units lifetime in the US. The PlayStation 4 needs to sell another 11.80 million units to surpass the Xbox 360 in the US.



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PS4 vs Xbox One in the US Sales Comparison - PS4 Lead Nears 5 Million in May 2020 

PS4 Vs. XOne US:

Gap change in latest month: 17,068 - PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 806,978 - PS4

Total Lead: 4,857,655 - PS4

PS4 Total Sales: 33,340,343

Xbox One Total Sales: 28,482,688

In May 2020, the gap in the US between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One grew in favor of the PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 4 sold 17,068 more units than the Xbox One in the last month.  The PlayStation 4 has also sold 806,978 more units in the last 12 months.  The PlayStation 4 currently leads by 4.86 million units.

The PlayStation 4 launched in the US on November 15, 2013, while the Xbox One launched on November 22, 2013. The PlayStation 4 has sold 33.34 Million units, while the Xbox One has sold 28.48 million units. The PlayStation 4 reached current Xbox One sales back in February 2019.

The PS4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 61.82 million units in the US. The PS3 and Xbox 360 sold a combined 72.13 million units lifetime in the US. The PS4 and Xbox One need to sell another 10.31 million units to reach the sales of the previous generation.



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PS4 vs DS in Europe Sales Comparison – PS4 Closes the Gap in May 2020

PlayStation 4 Vs. DS Europe:

Gap change in latest month: 417,811 - PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,491,100 – PS4

Total Lead: 4,105,669 - DS

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 45,950,064

DS Total Sales: 50,055,733

May 2020 is the 79th month that the PlayStation 4 has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 when compared with the Nintendo DS during the same timeframe by 417,811 units and by 1.49 million units in the last 12 months. The Nintendo DS currently leads by 4.11 million units.

The DS launched in March 2005 in Europe, while the PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, that is why you see spikes and dips. The DS is the best-selling platform in Europe in the last two video game generations, while the PlayStation 4 comes in second place.

The 79th month on sale for the PlayStation 4 in Europe is May 2020, while for the Nintendo DS it is September 2011. The PlayStation 4 has sold 45.95 million units, while the Nintendo DS sold 50.06 million units during the same timeframe.

The Nintendo DS ended up selling 51.84 million units lifetime in Europe. The PlayStation 4 is currently 5.89 million units behind the lifetime sales of the Nintendo DS.



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