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:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Ace Attorney Investigations 2132,266NewDSCapcom
New02.Macross Triangle Frontier55,513NewPSPNamco Bandai
New03.White Knight Chronicles Episode.Portable: Dogma Wars40,603NewPSPSony
New04.Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butouden31,108NewPSPNamco Bandai
04.05.Kenka Bancho 528,00086,978PSPSpike
07.06.Monster Hunter Portable 3rd27,8614,156,138PSPCapcom
01.07.The Last Story19,178133,900WiiNintendo
02.08.Valkyria Chronicles 317,927120,705PSPSega
10.09.Donkey Kong Country Returns16,493790,386WiiNintendo
03.10.My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute Portable11,721100,214PSPNamco Bandai
16.11.Pokémon Black/White10,7955,061,434DSNintendo
06.12.Dragon Age: Origins10,51753,371PS3Spike
14.13.Wii Party9,6781,777,102WiiNintendo
21.14.Pro Evolution Soccer 20119,301162,901PSPKonami
05.15.A Certain Magical Index8,86364,880PSPASCII Media Works
08.16.Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix8,430106,276PSPSquare Enix
22.17.Pro Evolution Soccer 20118,229435,122PS3Konami
18.18.Ni no Kuni: The Jet-Black Sorcerer7,595467,561DSLevel 5
17.19.Inazuma Eleven 3: Challenge the World – The Ogre7,165395,515DSLevel 5
New20.Atelier Violet: The Alchemist of Grammnad 25,564NewPSPGust


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

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. 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.

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