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Forums - Sales Discussion - Lifetime Console Showdown - April 2023 + Charts (updated)

This is the Lifetime Console Showdown comparison thread.

This new sales thread will be about Lifetime sales of the consoles and will be updated on a monthly basis instead of weekly. The model will be just like the Ultimate Console Showdown thread however instead of weekly sales for the current year it will be monthly sales for the entire lifecycle of the given system compared to other competitive system (by sales, not generation/type/manufacturer) that the contender have to beat (or is next in line for it) or might finish close to it.

The battles are as follows:

  • Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo DS (33M - JAPAN)
  • Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo DS (154M)
  • PlayStation 5 vs PlayStation 4 vs PlayStation 3 (117M & 87M)
  • Xbox Series vs Xbox 360 vs Xbox One (86M & 51M)
  • Xbox Series vs Xbox 360 vs Wii U (1.66M & 3.33M - JAPAN)

Charts will be updated after the data for December, April and August have been updated!

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Nintendo DS vs. Nintendo Switch Comparison - JAPAN

NDS - Monthly NDS - Lifetime
NSW - Monthly NSW - Lifetime
(+/-) Monthly

(+/-) Lifetime

1,393,782 1,393,782 - - -1,393,782 -1,393,782
267,409 (2005) 1,661,191 (2005) - (2017) - (2017) -267,409 -1,661,191
114,337 1,775,528 - - -114,337 -1,775,528
178,532 1,954,060 564,915 564,915 +386,383 -1,389,145
202,034 2,156,094
209,788 774,703
+7,754 -1,381,391
160,627 (May) 2,316,721 (May) 126,639 (May) 901,342 (May) -33,988 -1,415,379
171,722 2,488,443 139,405 1,040,747 -32,317 -1,447,696
169,024 2,657,467 252,183 1,292,930 +83,159 -1,364,537
291,365 2,948,832
238,546 1,531,476
-52,819 -1,417,356
290,296 (Sept.) 3,239,128 (Sept.) 256,825 (Sept.) 1,788,301 (Sept.) -33,471 -1,450,827
183,675 3,422,803 235,969 2,024,270 +52,294 -1,398,533
319,482 3,742,285 376,779 2,401,049 +57,297 -1,341,236
1,879,305 5,621,590 923,608 3,324,657 -955,697 -2,296,933
323,690 (2006) 5,945,280 (2006) 286,202 (2018) 3,610,859 (2018) -37,488 -2,334,421
128,230 6,073,510 179,380 3,790,239 +51,150 -2,283,271
774,894 6,848,404 226,987 4,017,226 -547,907 -2,831,178
869,594 7,717,998
153,185 4,170,411
-716,409 -3,547,587
761,294 (May) 8,479,292 (May) 160,159 (May) 4,330,570 (May) -601,135 -4,148,722
771,464 9,250,756 235,870 4,566,440 -535,594 -4,684,316
670,261 9,921,017 202,801 4,769,241 -467,460 -5,151,776
590,308 10,511,325
254,945 5,024,186
-335,363 -5,487,139
938,007 (Sept.) 11,449,332 (Sept.) 171,505 (Sept.) 5,195,691 (Sept.) -766,502 -6,253,641
519,675 11,969,007 174,298 5,369,989 -345,377 -6,599,018
571,266 12,540,273 496,838 5,866,827 -74,428 -6,673,446
1,485,155 14,025,428 1,002,176 6,869,003 -482,979 -7,156,425
753,181 (2007) 14,778,609 (2007) 418,901 (2019) 7,287,904 (2019) -334,280 -7,490,705
624,541 15,403,150 259,816 7,547,720 -364,725 -7,855,430
575,212 15,978,362 314,092 7,861,812 -261,120 -8,116,550
652,245 16,630,607
204,053 8,065,865
-448,192 -8,564,742
656,649 (May) 17,287,256 (May) 201,842 (May) 8,267,707 (May) -454,807 -9,019,549
682,582 17,969,838 171,866 8,439,573 -510,716 -9,530,265
573,618 18,543,456 229,860 8,669,433 -343,758 -9,874,023
556,608 19,100,064
254,588 8,924,021
-302,020 -10,176,043
392,362 (Sept.) 19,492,426 (Sept.) 547,209 (Sept.) 9,471,230 (Sept.) +154,847 -10,021,196
314,790 19,807,216 297,666 9,768,896 -17,124 -10,038,320
353,892 20,161,108 691,132 10,460,028 +337,240 -9,701,080
1,031,598 21,192,706 870,478 11,330,506 -161,120 -9,862,200
622,764 (2008) 21,815,470 (2008) 561,121 (2020) 11,891,627 (2020) -61,643 -9,923,843
218,992 22,034,462 283,206 12,174,833 +64,214 -9,859,629
267,096 22,301,558 771,972 12,946,805 +504,876 -9,354,753
174,257 22,475,815
361,013 13,307,818
+186,756 -9,167,997
157,299 (May) 22,633,114 (May) 403,923 (May) 13,711,741 (May) +246,624 -8,921,373
205,964 22,839,078 324,058 14,035,799 +118,094 -8,803,279
223,136 23,062,214 521,172 14,556,971 +298,036 -8,505,243
258,681 23,320,895
478,397 15,035,368
+219,716 -8,285,527
276,357 (Sept.) 23,597,252 (Sept.) 348,957 (Sept.) 15,384,325 (Sept.) +72,600 -8,212,927
277,797 23,875,049 452,136 15,836,461 +174,339 -8,038,588
425,644 24,300,693 584,242 16,420,703 +158,598 -7,879,990
1,113,659 25,414,352 1,293,757 17,714,460 +180,098 -7,699,892
318,861 (2009) 25,733,213 (2009) 564,472 (2021) 18,278,932 (2021) +245,611 -7,454,281
220,827 25,954,040 350,955 18,629,887 +130,128 -7,324,153
298,518 26,252,558 520,819 19,150,706 +222,301 -7,101,852
188,328 26,440,886
598,479 19,749,185
+410,151 -6,691,701
204,116 (May) 26,645,002 (May) 337,148 (May) 20,086,333 (May) +133,032 -6,558,669
227,212 26,872,214 324,814 20,411,147 +97,602 -6,461,067
434,179 27,306,393 351,636 20,762,783 -82,543 -6,543,610
302,099 27,608,492
298,853 21,061,636
-3,246 -6,546,856
366,985 (Sept.) 27,975,477 (Sept.) 214,598 (Sept.) 21,276,234 (Sept.) -152,387 -6,699,243
202,215 28,177,692 477,137 21,753,371 +274,922 -6,424,321
329,731 28,507,423 468,495 22,221,866 +138,764 -6,285,557
887,282 29,394,705 967,708 23,189,574 +80,426 -6,205,131
298,207 (2010) 29,692,912 (2010) 412,141 (2022) 23,601,715 (2022) +113,934 -6,091,197
199,847 29,892,759 370,781 23,972,496 +170,934 -5,920,263
214,830 30,107,589 360,561 24,333,057 +145,731 -5,774,532
145,063 30,252,652
365,049 24,698,106
+219,986 -5,554,546
129,187 (May) 30,381,839 (May) 240,240 (May) 24,938,346 (May) +111,053 -5,443,493
217,204 30,599,043 226,737 25,165,083 +9,533 -5,433,960
187,046 30,786,089 354,945 25,520,028 +167,899 -5,266,061
184,282 30,970,371
325,795 25,845,823
+141,513 -5,124,548
303,131 (Sept.) 31,273,502 (Sept.) 565,625 (Sept.) 26,411,448 (Sept.) +262,494 -4,862,054
181,674 31,455,176 198,735 26,610,183 +17,061 -4,844,993
162,394 31,617,570 514,919 27,125,102 +352,525 -4,492,468
649,418 32,266,988 760,882 27,885,984 +111,464 -4,381,004
178,385 (2011) 32,445,373 (2011) 314,443 (2023) 28,200,427 (2023) +136,058 -4,244,946
92,083 32,537,456 221,082 28,421,509 +128,999 -4,115,947
85,907 32,623,363 287,226 28,708,735 +201,319 -3,914,628
60,008 32,683,371
280,954 28,989,689 +220,946 -3,693,682
43,342 (May) 32,726,713 (May)
43,653 32,770,366
35,505 32,805,871
24,876 32,830,747
20,131 (September) 32,850,878 (September)
11,881 32,862,759
10,905 32,873,664
39,772 32,913,436
14,522 (2012) 32,927,958 (2012)
6,074 32,934,032
7,729 32,941,761
5,856 32,947,617
5,073 (May) 32,952,690 (May)
6,102 32,958,792
4,618 32,963,410
5,294 32,968,704
5,463 (September) 32,974,167 (September)
3,335 32,977,502
2,737 32,980,239
3,057 32,983,296
3,531 (2013) 32,986,827 (2013)

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Nintendo DS vs. Nintendo Switch Comparison

NDS - Monthly NDS - Lifetime
NSW - Monthly NSW - Lifetime
(+/-) Monthly

(+/-) Lifetime

546,507 546,507 - - -546,507 -546,507
2,310,880 2,857,387 - - -2,310,880 -2,857,387
426,958 (2005) 3,284,345 (2005) - (2017) - (2017) -426,958 -3,284,345
290,589 3,574,934 - - -290,589 -3,574,934
919,906 4,494,840 2,334,638 2,334,638 +1,414,732 -2,160,202
448,809 4,943,649
750,043 3,084,681 +301,234 -1,858,968
383,969 (May) 5,327,618 (May)
493,849 (May) 3,578,530 (May) +109,880 -1,749,088
496,260 5,823,878 622,621 4,201,151 +126,361 -1,622,727
381,126 6,205,004 665,355 4,866,506 +284,229 -1,338,498
492,803 6,697,807
630,505 5,497,011 +137,702 -1,200,796
584,651 (September) 7,282,458 (September)
837,708 (September) 6,334,719 (September) +253,057 -947,739
645,738 7,928,196 801,055 7,135,774 +155,317 -792,422
1,361,640 9,289,836 1,704,994 8,840,768 +343,354 -449,068
4,530,346 13,820,182 4,282,500 13,123,268 -247,846 -696,914
823,829 (2006) 14,644,011 (2006) 963,507 (2018) 14,086,775 (2018) +139,678 -557,236
546,254 15,190,265 806,466 14,893,241 +260,212 -297,024
1,296,381 16,486,646 973,830 15,867,071 -322,551 -619,575
1,324,719 17,811,365
635,706 16,502,777 -689,013 -1,308,588
1,169,418 (May) 18,980,783 (May)
653,422 (May) 17,156,199 (May) -515,996 -1,824,584
1,921,534 20,902,317 990,211 18,146,410 -931,323 -2,755,907
1,647,570 22,549,887 809,477 18,955,887 -838,093 -3,594,000
1,409,550 23,959,437
770,171 19,726,058 -639,379 -4,233,379
1,884,429 (September) 25,843,866 (September)
935,567 (September) 20,661,625 (September) -948,862 -5,182,241
1,240,877 27,084,743
849,963 21,511,588 -390,914 -5,573,155
2,197,955 29,282,698 2,500,956 24,012,544 +303,001 -5,270,154
5,291,269 34,573,967 5,479,818 29,492,362 +188,549 -5,081,605
1,479,784 (2007) 36,053,751 (2007) 1,147,851 (2019) 30,640,213 (2019) -331,933 -5,413,538
1,840,894 37,894,645 972,378 31,612,591 -868,516 -6,282,054
2,094,738 39,989,383 1,166,591 32,779,182 -928,147 -7,210,201
1,805,851 41,795,234
785,233 33,564,415 -1,020,618 -8,230,819
1,890,218 (May) 43,685,452 (May)
720,538 (May) 34,284,953 (May) -1,169,680 -9,400,499
2,177,140 45,862,592 1,080,920 35,365,873 -1,096,220 -10,496,719
1,930,670 47,793,262 884,171 36,250,044 -1,046,499 -11,543,218
1,893,903 49,687,165
737,001 36,987,045 -1,156,902 -12,700,120
2,002,764 (Sept.) 51,689,929 (Sept.)
1,814,562 (Sept.) 38,801,607 (Sept.) -188,202 -12,888,322
1,619,268 53,309,197 1,212,657 40,014,264 -406,611 -13,294,933
2,950,964 56,260,161 1,972,881 41,987,145 -978,083 -14,273,016
7,539,709 63,799,870 6,837,525 48,824,670 -702,184 -14,975,200
1,919,012 (2008) 65,718,882 (2008) 1,549,926 (2020) 50,374,596 (2020) -369,086 -15,344,286
1,640,672 67,359,554 1,041,597 51,416,193 -599,075 -15,943,361
1,920,073 69,279,627 2,958,459 54,374,652 +1,038,386 -14,904,975
1,514,136 70,793,763
2,028,155 56,402,807 +514,019 -14,390,956
1,387,098 (May) 72,180,861 (May)
1,602,817 (May) 58,005,624 (May) +215,719 -14,175,237
2,217,186 74,398,047 1,881,685 59,887,309 -335,501 -14,510,738
1,964,577 76,362,624 1,553,438 61,440,747 -411,139 -14,921,877
1,645,388 78,008,012
1,674,087 63,114,834 +28,699 -14,893,178
1,838,789 (Sept.) 79,846,801 (Sept.)
2,156,034 (Sept.) 65,270,868 (Sept.) +317,245 -14,575,933
1,722,897 81,569,698 2,077,924 67,348,792 +355,027 -14,220,906
3,883,372 85,453,070 3,730,096 71,078,888 -153,276 -14,374,182
7,623,240 93,076,310 6,214,658 77,293,546 -1,408,582 -15,782,764
1,601,327 (2009) 94,677,637 (2009) 1,544,931 (2021) 78,838,477 (2021) -56,396 -15,839,160
1,352,115 96,029,752 1,623,701 80,462,178 +271,586 -15,567,574
1,932,586 97,962,338 2,499,227 82,961,405 +566,641 -15,000,933
2,269,545 100,231,883
1,580,229 84,541,634 -689,316 -15,690,249
1,504,343 (May) 101,736,226 (May)
1,381,983 (May) 85,923,617 (May) -122,360 -15,812,609
1,905,843 103,642,069 1,686,649 87,610,266 -219,194 -16,031,803
1,740,345 105,382,414 1,210,178 88,820,444 -530,167 -16,561,970
1,431,910 106,814,324
1,167,788 89,988,232 -264,122 -16,826,092
1,673,764 (Sept.) 108,488,088 (Sept.)
1,341,066 (Sept.) 91,329,298 (Sept.) -332,698 -17,158,790
1,351,850 109,839,938 2,164,792 93,494,090 +812,942 -16,345,848
3,303,119 113,143,057 3,175,006 96,669,096 -128,113 -16,473,961
6,992,991 120,136,048 4,752,259 101,421,355 -2,240,732 -18,714,693
1,395,662 (2010) 121,531,710 (2010) 1,328,487 (2022) 102,749,842 (2022) -67,175 -18,781,868
1,167,485 122,699,195 1,376,426 104,126,268 +208,941 -18,572,927
1,728,454 124,427,649 1,585,847 105,712,115 -142,607 -18,715,534
1,110,130 125,537,779
1,131,253 106,843,368 +21,123 -18,694,411
992,167 (May) 126,529,946 (May)
1,036,906 (May) 107,880,274 (May) +44,739 -18,649,672
1,353,731 127,883,677 1,341,277 109,221,551 -12,454 -18,662,126
1,119,808 129,003,485 1,013,957 110,235,508 -105,851 -18,767,977
1,056,699 130,060,184
1,052,322 111,287,830 -4,377 -18,772,354
1,341,702 (Sept.) 131,401,886 (Sept.)
1,445,386 (Sept.) 112,733,216 (Sept.) +103,684 -18,668,670
1,068,900 132,470,786 984,107 113,717,323 -84,793 -18,753,463
2,555,295 135,026,081 2,853,206 116,570,529 +297,911 -18,455,552
5,425,354 140,451,435 4,134,690 120,705,219 -1,290,664 -19,746,216
1,106,729 (2011) 141,558,164 (2011) 1,094,589 (2023) 121,799,808 (2023) -12,140 -19,758,356
853,681 142,411,845 897,353 122,697,161 +43,672 -19,714,684
993,462 143,405,307 1,084,907 123,782,068 +91,445 -19,623,239
664,277 144,069,584
1,273,752 125,055,820 +609,475 -19,013,764
581,254 (May) 144,650,838 (May)
790,784 145,441,622
681,258 146,122,880
509,661 146,632,541
472,938 (September) 147,105,479 (September)
348,059 147,453,538
803,002 148,256,540
1,555,570 149,812,110
258,875 (2012) 150,070,985 (2012)
215,245 150,286,230
217,961 150,504,191
159,993 150,664,184
179,686 (May) 150,843,870 (May)
256,426 151,100,296
154,423 151,254,719
136,190 151,390,909
189,495 (September) 151,580,404 (September)
153,480 151,733,884
486,701 152,220,585
850,588 153,071,173
128,404 (2013) 153,199,577 (2013)
105,684 153,305,261
99,836 153,405,097
76,299 153,481,396
69,268 (May) 153,550,664 (May)
83,111 153,633,775
60,678 153,694,453
55,547 153,750,000
61,952 (September) 153,811,952 (September)
44,585 153,856,537
74,122 153,930,659
89,517 154,020,176

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Playstation 4 vs. Playstation 5 Comparison

PS4 - Monthly PS4 - Yearly PS5 - Monthly PS5 - Yearly (+/-) Monthly

(+/-) Yearly

2,141,169 2,141,169 2,749,824 2,749,824 +608,655 +608,655
2,305,831 4,447,000 1,515,205 4,265,029 -790,626 -181,971
664,051 (2014) 5,111,051 (2014) 653,093 (2021) 4,918,122 (2021) -10,958 -192,929
882,374 5,993,425 884,878 5,803,000 +2,504 -190,425
909,923 6,903,348 1,394,787 7,197,787 +484,864 +294,439
622,299 7,525,647
743,330 7,941,117 +121,031 +415,470
630,329 (May) 8,155,976 (May) 779,057 (May) 8,720,174 (May) +148,728 +564,198
795,665 8,951,641 993,855 9,714,029 +198,190 +762,388
655,567 9,607,208 861,899 10,575,928 +206,332 +968,720
593,882 10,201,090
926,570 11,502,498 +332,688 +1,301,408
1,581,885 (Sept.) 11,782,975 (Sept.) 1,301,155 (Sept.) 12,803,653 (Sept.) -280,730 +1,020,678
1,084,711 12,867,686 954,232 13,757,885 -130,479 +890,199
2,434,754 15,302,440 1,204,827 14,962,712 -1,229,927 -339,728
2,875,069 18,177,509 2,022,270 16,984,982 -1,211,208 -1,550,936
682,215 (2015) 18,859,724 (2015) 707,699 (2022) 17,692,681 (2022) +25,484 -1,525,452
962,093 19,821,817 380,467 18,073,148 -581,626 -2,107,078
1,346,318 21,168,135 727,074 18,800,222 -619,244 -2,726,322
796,815 21,964,950
672,164 19,472,386 -124,651 -2,850,973
688,339 (May) 22,653,289 (May) 542,105 (May) 20,014,491 (May) -146,234 -2,997,207
1,148,097 23,801,386 979,295 20,993,786 -168,802 -3,166,009
762,425 24,563,811 777,622 21,771,408 +15,197 -3,150,812
743,018 25,306,829
918,579 22,689,987 +175,561 -2,975,251
1,342,159 (Sept.) 26,648,988 (Sept.) 1,211,222 (Sept.) 23,901,209 (Sept.) -130,937 -3,106,188
1,105,602 27,754,590 1,109,914 25,011,123 +4,312 -3,101,876
3,557,197 31,311,787 2,408,183 27,419,306 -1,149,014 -4,250,890
4,608,358 35,920,145 3,101,908 30,521,214 -1,148,041 -5,398,931
812,262 (2016) 36,732,407 (2016) 1,417,532 (2023) 31,938,746 (2023) +605,270 -4,793,661
999,757 37,732,164 2,054,110 33,992,856 +1,054,353 -3,739,308
1,085,421 38,817,585 2,100,787 36,093,643 +1,015,366 -2,723,942
676,414 39,493,999
1,345,894 37,439,537 +669,480 -2,054,462
752,290 (May) 40,246,289 (May)
988,496 41,234,785
748,466 41,983,251
754,762 42,738,013
1,454,905 (Sept.) 44,192,918 (Sept.)
1,308,030 45,500,948
3,302,010 48,802,958
4,884,141 53,687,099
1,165,413 (2017) 54,852,512 (2017)
1,277,065 56,129,577
1,497,148 57,626,725
986,423 58,613,148
1,128,866 (May) 59,742,014 (May)
1,506,027 61,248,041
1,143,006 62,391,047
1,042,948 63,433,995
1,394,603 (Sept.) 64,828,598 (Sept.)
1,190,871 66,019,469
3,506,646 69,526,115
3,914,512 73,440,627
1,325,819 (2018) 74,766,446 (2018)
1,322,264 76,088,710
1,340,878 77,429,588
1,057,652 78,487,240
910,073 (May) 79,397,313 (May)
1,171,203 80,568,516
832,752 81,401,268
1,090,600 82,491,868
1,267,846 (Sept.) 83,759,714 (Sept.)
1,286,830 85,046,544
3,858,401 88,904,945
2,781,949 91,686,894
1,076,311 (2019) 92,763,205 (2019)
982,422 93,745,627
1,125,732 94,871,359
799,791 95,671,150
971,137 (May) 96,642,287 (May)
857,879 97,500,166
722,877 98,223,043
855,931 99,078,974
898,042 (Sept.) 99,977,016 (Sept.)
877,992 100,855,008
2,717,161 103,572,169
2,201,218 105,773,387
828,972 (2020) 106,602,359 (2020)
612,640 107,214,999
889,988 108,104,987
1,168,706 109,273,693
924,529 (May) 110,198,222 (May)
761,155 110,959,377
686,737 111,646,114
535,663 112,181,777
480,263 (Sept.) 112,662,040 (Sept.)
496,911 113,158,951
523,833 113,682,784
687,496 114,370,280
334,900 (2021) 114,705,180 (2021)
300,159 115,005,339
271,221 115,276,560
261,757 115,538,317
174,977 (May) 115,713,294 (May)
147,552 115,860,846
146,463 116,007,309
106,414 116,113,723
106,829 (Sept.) 116,220,552 (Sept.)
128,856 116,349,408
105,743 116,455,151
122,846 116,577,997
453,221 (2022/23) 117,031,218 (2022/23)

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