This Week In Sales: Ace Attorney Investigations 2 Prosecutes The Competition

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If there’s one thing the week of January 31st – February 6th demonstrates, it’s the power of a brand and marketing, with Ace Attorney Investigations 2 topping the sales chart for the week at 132,000 units.


Ace Attorney Investigations:


For the sake of comparison, Capcom’s previous DS adventure game, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, debuted at a mere 24,000 units. The original Ace Attorney Investigations, however, sold a whopping 172,000 units in its first week.


In a recent Capcom media strategy report, the company revealed that it has been aggressively promoting the Ace Attorney franchise through various events in Japan, such as live plays, which have been attracting a broader, non-traditional audience (including women) to it.


As a result, sales of the original Ace Attorney Investigations were higher than expected, and character-based merchandise has been performing favourably as well. While Ace Attorney Investigations 2 debuted at lower figures than its predecessor, Capcom have recently stated that they plan to continue promoting the brand in the future as a mid-range franchise, along with Sengoku Basara.


Everything else:


Meanwhile, The Last Story dropped precipitously from #1 last week, all the way down to #7 this week, with a fraction of its first week sales. The same could be said for Valkyria Chronicles 3, down to #8 and facing more than its share of competition from other PSP games (six in the top-ten alone). Of all the games released last week, Kenka Bancho 5 appears to have had the best staying power, only dropping from #4 to #5.


The number of PSP games on the chart (twelve in total) is pretty astounding. As DS releases slow down and publishers move to the other viable portable platform, we’re seeing publishers like Namco Bandai put one PSP game out after another.


The top-20 sales chart for the week was as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Ace Attorney Investigations 2 132,266 New DS Capcom
New 02. Macross Triangle Frontier 55,513 New PSP Namco Bandai
New 03. White Knight Chronicles Episode.Portable: Dogma Wars 40,603 New PSP Sony
New 04. Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butouden 31,108 New PSP Namco Bandai
04. 05. Kenka Bancho 5 28,000 86,978 PSP Spike
07. 06. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd 27,861 4,156,138 PSP Capcom
01. 07. The Last Story 19,178 133,900 Wii Nintendo
02. 08. Valkyria Chronicles 3 17,927 120,705 PSP Sega
10. 09. Donkey Kong Country Returns 16,493 790,386 Wii Nintendo
03. 10. My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute Portable 11,721 100,214 PSP Namco Bandai
16. 11. Pokémon Black/White 10,795 5,061,434 DS Nintendo
06. 12. Dragon Age: Origins 10,517 53,371 PS3 Spike
14. 13. Wii Party 9,678 1,777,102 Wii Nintendo
21. 14. Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 9,301 162,901 PSP Konami
05. 15. A Certain Magical Index 8,863 64,880 PSP ASCII Media Works
08. 16. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix 8,430 106,276 PSP Square Enix
22. 17. Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 8,229 435,122 PS3 Konami
18. 18. Ni no Kuni: The Jet-Black Sorcerer 7,595 467,561 DS Level 5
17. 19. Inazuma Eleven 3: Challenge the World – The Ogre 7,165 395,515 DS Level 5
New 20. Atelier Violet: The Alchemist of Grammnad 2 5,564 New PSP Gust


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media-Create, with additional sales insights gathered from

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Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.