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The VGChartz sales comparison series of articles are updated monthly and each one focuses on a different sales comparison using our estimated video game hardware figures. The charts include comparisons between the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch, as well as with older platforms. There are articles based on our worldwide estimates, as well as the US, Europe, and Japan.
This monthly series compares the aligned worldwide sales of the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo DS.
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. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, which is why there are big increases and decreases.
Switch Vs. DS Global:
Gap change in latest month: 415,368 – Switch
Gap change over last 12 months: 204,138 – DS
Total Lead: 14,231,168 – DS
Switch Total Sales: 130,419,670
DS Total Sales: 144,650,838
September 2023 is the 79th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 0.42 million units when compared to the DS during the same timeframe.
In the last 12 months, the DS has outsold the Switch by 0.20 million units. The DS is ahead of the Switch by 14.23 million units.
The 79th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is September 2023, while for the DS it is May 2011. The Switch has sold 130.42 million units, while the DS sold 144.65 million units during the same timeframe.
The Nintendo DS sold 154.02 million units lifetime. The Nintendo Switch is currently 23.60 million units behind the lifetime sales of the DS.
A life-long and avid gamer, William D’Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.