Switch vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – June 2018 Update

June 2018 is the 16th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 384,157 units when compared to the DS during the same timeframe. However, in the last 12 months the Switch has grown its lead by 2.45 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the DS by 3.05 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 18.26 million units, while the DS sold 15.22 million units during the same timeframe.

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PhoenixUp74d ago

In the end DS will still have sold more than Switch

playnice73d ago might but we're still a far way off finding that out.

PhoenixUp73d ago

Switch isn’t passing DS’s total of 154 million. It’s currently falling behind Wii & PS4 in the same timeframe

Theknightofnights73d ago (Edited 73d ago )

And the DS was also behind the Wii & PS4 in the same time frame...

playnice73d ago (Edited 73d ago )

I would tend to agree with you but at the same time I keep thinking the Switch may eventually be seen as a replacement to the 3DS given it's both a portable and home console... If they could trim a few things they could make a more affordable version a couple years from now with undetacheable controllers, no dock, no boost/1080p modes etc and reach loads more buyers. At a lower price point I could easily see single families enjoying 2-3 systems like these each. At the same time I feel portable consoles are even further endangered by smartphones than home consoles whereas the DS came in an entirely different time so I guess we'll see :D.

The 10th Rider73d ago (Edited 73d ago )

Wii and PS4 both launched before the holidays and had two holiday periods in a comparable period. After this Christmas the switch will likely be ahead of the Wii and PS4 in the same time frame.

Not saying Switch will hit 150M, but purely comparing sales to other consoles in the same amount of time doesn't paint the entire picture.

PhoenixUp73d ago (Edited 73d ago )

@ knight

Yet we already know DS sales dramatically exploded when DS Lite released, so this month’s comparison chart is just the calm before the storm.

Also speaking of timeframes...

- By June 2009 the DS shipped 107.75 million units.
- By June 2011 the Wii shipped 87.57 million units.
- By June 2018 the PS4 shipped 82.2 million units.

@ Play

Even so 154 million is way too high a number for Switch to hit. Switch’s price isn’t as friendly as DS’s was so that families could have as many per household. Getting over 100 million sounds more reasonable though.

@ The 10th

Even if that were the case, after the holiday season Switch could very well fall behind PS4 and Wii again just like it did last holiday season.

And for it to sell more than DS than it would have to sell way better all year round rather than just relying on a holiday boost.

Theknightofnights73d ago


You aren't understanding. In a year the Switch could explode as well, just as the DS did.

When I was talking about time frame I was talking about the same year and a half time frame the Switch is in. That's the only comparison we have for the Switch's performance compared to the DS, PS4, and Wii at this time.

You can predict future performance, but you can't say for absolute certain like you have been.

PhoenixUp73d ago

DS sales dramatically took off when new hardware was released along with a price cut. Switch ain’t getting anything like that in the next few months and probably even entire next year.

The Switch has games that can carry it through the holidays, but nothing much before the holiday season to make sales take off exponentially.

As I said we already know that DS sales will take off after one year and five-eight months of being on the market, so this current chart is superfluous when you realize what’ll soon happen. Switch is currently having trouble keeping pace with PS4 and Wii after the holiday season in the same timeframe, so it makes no sense to expect it to suddenly take off on DS levels when it won’t have a huge system selling draw from now till November.

Theknightofnights73d ago

Nobody said we "expect" it to. The difference between me and you is that you are definitively saying it won't happen when I'm just saying that the evidence isn't solidified. To use the idea of it falling behind PS4 and Wii sales as evidence does nothing when it's outpacing DS sales. Anything can happen. The holiday boost could boost it past PS4 and Wii sales in the same timeframe, and Pokemon could push the console to be competitive with the DS for a longer period of time. We simply can't say that it won't happen so definitively. Even if we "predict" it won't, it still could.

PhoenixUp73d ago

Because realistically it’s impossible for any other console to have that sort of spike in sales, especially when NS costs twice as much as DS

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