Nintendo Switch Outsells 3DS in Four Years

Nintendo Switch Lite

According to the latest financial report from Nintendo, the Switch has outsold the Nintendo 3DS, surpassing the sales number as of December 31, 2020.

Nintendo reveals that the Switch has sold a whopping 79.87 million devices worldwide, besting the 3DS in less than four years on the market. This makes the Switch the fifth best-selling console, behind the Nintendo DS (154 million units), Nintendo Wii (101.6 million units), the Game Boy (118.7 million units) and the Game Boy Advance (81.5 million units).

And since launching in September 2019, the Nintendo Switch Lite has sold 13.53 million units, outselling the Wii U as of December 31, 2020.

That’s a stellar milestone for Nintendo, which according to former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, was the console that was a “make or break” product. “People forget, when the Wii U launched, the performance over that life cycle was so poor, I mean it was the worst-selling platform, I think maybe Virtual Boy was a little bit worse, but Wii U underperformed pretty radically in the marketplace,” says Fils-Aime. “And when your only business is video games that next had to be successful and the Switch continues to be a dynamic platform – selling exceptionally well.”

Nintendo also confirms that 532.34 million Switch games have sold since launching the console in March 2017. Both the Nintendo DS (948.72 million) and the Wii (921.85 million) have outsold the Switch in software.

The Switch shows no signs of slowing down but as time passes, the platform will need to address the aging hardware powering the software. We’re already seeing the limitations of the console and Nintendo will need to address this at some point.


Bobby has been gaming since he was old enough to walk. Since then, the interest has only grown stronger, and here we are today. Follow Bobby on Twitter, and just go with it. @bpashalidis

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