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Sales comparison between Switch and DS in Japan

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William D’Angelo
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VGChartz’s series of sales comparison articles are updated monthly and each focuses on a different sales comparison using our estimated video game hardware numbers. Charts include comparisons between PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X | S and the Nintendo Switch, as well as with older platforms. There are items based on our global estimates, as well as the United States, Europe, and Japan.

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

The DS was launched in December 2004 in Japan, and the Nintendo Switch was launched in March 2017. Therefore, the normal holiday periods and the Japanese Golden Week holiday for the two consoles do not match.

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison in Japan - July 2022

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison in Japan - July 2022

Change Vs. DS Japan:

Variance change over the last month: 209,882 – Change

Variation in the gap over the last 12 months: 945,479 – Change

Total leads: 4,732,624 – DS

Total switch sales: 25,520,028

Total DS sales: 30,252,652

July 2022 is the 65th month that the Nintendo Switch is available in Japan. Over the past month, the Switch has outsold the DS by 209,882 units when you line up the launches.

Over the past 12 months, the Switch has sold more than 0.95 million units than the DS. The DS currently outstrips the Switch by 4.73 million units.

The 65th month for the Switch is July 2022, while for the DS it is April 2010. The Switch sold 25.52 million units, while the DS sold 30.25 million units during the same period. The DS has sold the current Switch sales at 50 months.

The DS sold 32.99 million lifetime units in Japan. The Switch currently has 7.47 million units behind the DS’ lifetime sales.


A long-time and passionate player, William D’Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was recruited in 2010 as a Junior Analyst, rose through the ranks to Senior Analyst in 2012 and took over Estimates material in 2017. He expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content himself Youtube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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