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Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison – January 2021

This monthly series compares the aligned worldwide sales of the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4.

Switch Vs. PS4 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 266,548 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 7,893,164 - Switch

Total Lead: 13,915,142 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 78,631,440

PS4 Total Sales: 64,716,298

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 266,548 units when compared to the PlayStation 4 during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 7.89 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 4 by 13.92 million units.

The PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, which is why there are big increases and decreases.

The 47th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is January 2021, while for the PlayStation 4 it is September 2017. The Switch has sold 78.63 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 64.72 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 4 did not reach current Switch sales until month 55.

The PlayStation 4 has sold 114.93 million units through January 2021. The Nintendo Switch is currently 36.3 million units behind the lifetime sales of the PlayStation 4.



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Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison – January 2021

This monthly series compares the aligned worldwide sales of the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4.

Insert joke about the cliff finally being here, but Switch climbing it rather than falling off it. :P

I almost wish quickrick was still around to see this haha.

Seriously though, tracking almost 14 million ahead of the 4th highest selling system of all time is incredible.



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I remember mentioning middle of last year, that if Switch kept it's momentum it should reach 100M units a full year ahead of the PS4 (launch-aligned). Looks to still be on track.



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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.



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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.



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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – January 2021

This monthly series compares the aligned US sales of the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Wii.

Switch Vs. Wii US:

Gap change in latest month: 75,981 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 932,336 - Switch

Total Lead: 3,168,798 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 26,721,697

Wii Total Sales: 29,890,495

January 2021 is the 47th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in the US. During the latest month, the Switch caught up to the Wii when you align the launches by 75,981 units. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by 932,336 units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 3.17 million units.

The Wii launched in November 2006, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, which is why there are big increases and decreases.

The 47th month for the Nintendo Switch is January 2021 and for the Wii it is October 2010. The Switch has sold 26.72 million units, while the Wii sold 29.89 million units during the same timeframe.

The Wii sold 41.70 million units in the US during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 14.98 million units to outsell the Wii.



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The Wii was an absolute monster in America so it's unsurprising that the Switch isn't quite keeping pace. The thing is, Wii is about to have, launch aligned, it's last big holiday season, whereas Switch likely has multiple years of strong sales left in it.

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Switch vs PS4 in the US Sales Comparison - January 2021

This monthly series compares the aligned US sales of the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4.

Switch Vs. PS4 US:

Gap change in latest month: 79,759 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,970,078 - Switch

Total Lead: 6,557,464 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 26,721,697

PS4 Total Sales: 20,164,233

January 2021 is the 47th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap in the US between the Switch and PlayStation 4 grew in favor of the Switch when you align launches. The Switch sold 79,759 more units than the PS4 in the last month. In the last 12 months, the Switch has grown its lead by 3.97 million units. The Switch currently leads by 6.56 million units.

The PS4 launched in the US on November 15, 2013, while the Switch launched on March 3, 2017. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, which is why there are big increases and decreases.

The 47th month on sale for the Switch is January 2021, while for the PS4 it is September 2017. The Switch has sold 26.72 million units, while the PS4 sold 20.16 million units during the same timeframe. The PS4 did not reach the current Switch sales until month 61 where it sold a total of 27.50 million units.

The PS4 has been available for 87 months in the US and has sold 34.61 million units. The Switch is currently 7.89 million units behind the lifetime sales of the PS4.



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

This monthly series compares the aligned US Nintendo Switch sales with the combined Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U sales.

Switch Vs. 3DS and Wii U USA:

Gap change in latest month: 251,414 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 5,698,982 - Switch

Total Lead: 7,048,847 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 26,721,697

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 19,672,850

January 2021 is the 47th 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 251,414 units. In the last 12 months, the gap has grown in favor of the Switch by 5.70 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS and Wii U by 7.05 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 47th month for the Nintendo Switch is January 2021, for the Nintendo 3DS it is January 2015 and for the Wii U it is September 2016. The Switch has sold 26.72 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 19.67 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS and Wii U did not reach current Switch sales until month 82, when they sold a combined 26.73 million units.

The 3DS and Wii U have sold a combined 29.27 million units in the US. The Switch is currently 2.55 million units behind. The Wii U has been off the market for a few years, while 3DS production has ended, however, the last remaining stock is still being sold.



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So of Switch's total aligned lead over PS4, North America accounts for just under half that number, the rest no doubt being down to Asia with PS4's Europe lead pulling against them.
Just like Xbox in America though, it goes to show one region only gets you so far when the rest of the world leans the other way.

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