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Switch vs PS4 in the US Sales Comparison - February 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: 433,046 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 4,334,966 - Switch

Total Lead: 6,990,510 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 27,364,228

PS4 Total Sales: 20,373,718

February 2021 is the 48th 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 433,046 more units than the PS4 in the last month. In the last 12 months, the Switch has grown its lead by 4.33 million units. The Switch currently leads by 6.99 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 48th month on sale for the Switch is February 2021, while for the PS4 it is October 2017. The Switch has sold 27.36 million units, while the PS4 sold 20.37 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 88 months in the US and has sold 34.67 million units. The Switch is currently 7.31 million units behind the lifetime sales of the PS4.



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Yeah, there's no coming back for the PS4 in the US at this point, unless Nintendo is goes suicidal and replaces the Switch this year or someone goes back in time and assassinates the founder of Nintendo before the company is made.



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Switch vs 3DS and Wii U in the US Sales Comparison - February 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: 243,017 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 5,851,241 - Switch

Total Lead: 7,291,864 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 27,364,228

3DS and Wii U Total Sales: 20,072,364

February 2021 is the 48th 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 243,017 units. In the last 12 months, the gap has grown in favor of the Switch by 5.85 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS and Wii U by 7.29 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 48th month for the Nintendo Switch is February 2021, for the Nintendo 3DS it is February 2015 and for the Wii U it is October 2016. The Switch has sold 27.36 million units, while the 3DS and Wii U have sold 20.07 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS and Wii U did not reach current Switch sales until month 89, when they sold a combined 27.44 million units.

The 3DS and Wii U have sold a combined 29.27 million units in the US. The Switch is currently 1.98 million units behind. The Wii U has been off the market for a few years, while 3DS production ended last year, however, the last remaining stock is still being sold.



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Getting very close now; 3DS + Wii U can practically feel Switch's breath of the back of their necks. The outcome is decided but it's still fun to watch.



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curl-6 said:

Getting very close now; 3DS + Wii U can practically feel Switch's breath of the back of their necks. The outcome is decided but it's still fun to watch.

There are a lot of consoles the Switch is about to pass worldwide, in the US, Europe, etc. 



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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in the US – February 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: 363,332 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,614,701 - Switch

Total Lead: 2,805,466 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 27,364,228

Wii Total Sales: 30,169,694

February 2021 is the 48th 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 363,332 units. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by 1.61 million units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 2.81 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 48th month for the Nintendo Switch is February 2021 and for the Wii it is November 2010. The Switch has sold 27.36 million units, while the Wii sold 30.17 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 14.34 million units to outsell the Wii.



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We've reached Wii's last big holiday; the next few months could see the Switch lose some ground, but it will only be a temporary setback.



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Switch vs 3DS in Japan Sales Comparison - February 2021

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

Switch Vs. 3DS Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 168,840 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,481,653 - Switch

Total Lead: 566,887 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 18,629,887

3DS Total Sales: 18,063,000

February 2021 is the 48th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Japan. During the latest month, the 3DS closed the gap to the Switch by 168,840 units when you align the launches. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the 3DS by 3.48 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 566,887.

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.

The 48th month for the Switch is February 2021, while for the 3DS it is January 2015. The Switch has sold 18.63 million units, while the 3DS sold 18.06 million units during the same timeframe.

The 3DS has sold 24.65 million units lifetime in Japan through February 2021. The Switch is currently 5.76 million units behind the lifetime sales of the 3DS.



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This time next year Switch might have managed to pass the 3DS life time total.
(If this year it sells the same from March-December as it did last year it will be less than 500k from 3DS total)



Given that 3DS is the third best selling system of all time in Japan, Switch breaking ahead of is quite something.

And as 3DS's legs aren't brilliant from this point on, Switch is probably in the aligned lead for good now.

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