Sales comparison between Switch and DS

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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 global sales of the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo DS.

The DS was launched in November 2004 in North America, December 2004 in Japan, and March 2005 in Europe, while the Nintendo Switch was launched worldwide in March 2017. Therefore, holiday seasons for two brackets don’t line up, that’s why there are big increases and decreases.

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - July 2022

Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - July 2022

Change Vs. DS Global:

Variation in the gap over the last month: 285,168 – DS

Variation in the gap over the last 12 months: 4,314,107 – DS

Total leads: 13,482,501 – DS

Switch total sales: 110,945,148

Total DS sales: 124,427,649

July 2022 is the 65th month that the Nintendo Switch is available. Over the past month, the gap has widened in favor of the DS by 285,168 units over the Switch over the same period.

In the past 12 months, the DS has sold more than 4.31 million units than the Switch. The DS is ahead of the Switch by 13.48 million units.

The 65th sales month for the Nintendo Switch is July 2022, while for the DS it is March 2010. The Switch has sold 110.95 million units, while the DS has sold 124.43 million units during the same period.

The Nintendo DS sold 154.02 million units lifetime. The Nintendo Switch currently has 43.07 million units behind the lifetime sales of the DS.


A long-time and passionate player, William D’Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was hired in 2010 as a Junior Analyst, rising through the ranks to Senior Analyst in 2012 and taking over Estimates of hardware 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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