This Week In Sales: Ace Attorney Returns As Strong As Ever


    Period: The week of July 22nd – July 28th (2013)

    Top-seller: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies – 250,216

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 18,625 | Total sales: 8,449,730

    Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 36,350 | Total sales: 3,465,056

    PlayStation Vita sales: 19,866 | Total sales: 1,741,787

    Wii U sales: 11,373 | Total sales: 1,016,391

    << Last week’s software sales chart


    Last week saw the release of a game that’s been a long time coming—Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, the fifth game in the main Ace Attorney series, which brings back a number of the series’ popular characters alongside new ones. Capcom sold 250,216 copies of Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies in the game’s first week on store shelves.


    That figure is very well similar to how Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney sold back in 2007. In its first week, Apollo Justice sold 250,186 copies. Considering that there’s been a gap of six years between the two games, Dual Destinies’ sales are rather impressive and indicate that any fans that were lost in the interim have been made up for by new fans.


    [Note: For much more Ace Attorney sales data, check out this report.]


    Also released last week was Dragon’s Crown, Vanillaware’s multiplayer brawler. The game enjoyed a very respectable debut, with 104,359 copies sold on PS3 and another 71,083 copies on PlayStation Vita.


    Finally, Nippon Ichi Software released The Witch and the Hundred Knights last week as well, and the game sold close to 50,000 copies. That puts it close to the sales of 2008’s Disgaea 3, which is pretty good, considering the low sales of Nippon Ichi’s other non-Disgaea games.


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


    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    New01.Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies250,216New3DSCapcom
    New02.Dragon’s Crown104,359NewPS3Atlus
    New03.Dragon’s Crown71,083NewPSVAtlus
    New04.The Witch and the Hundred Knights49,209NewPS3Nippon Ichi
    01.05.Mario & Luigi: Dream Team43,721143,6943DSNintendo
    05.06.Tomodachi Collection: New Life22,2811,309,4673DSNintendo
    02.07.Youkai Watch18,543101,2993DSLevel 5
    New08.Fantasy Life Link!18,234New3DSLevel 5
    New09.LEGO City Undercover18,199NewWiiUNintendo
    03.10.Pikmin 314,161135,393WiiUNintendo
    06.11.Earth Defense Force 202510,879222,847PS3D3 Publisher
    04.12.The Little Battlers W Super Custom10,79638,0383DSLevel 5
    11.13.Animal Crossing: New Leaf9,9663,345,1643DSNintendo
    10.14.Donkey Kong Country Returns9,547226,6953DSNintendo
    New15.Toki No Kizuna: Hanamusubi Tsuzuri9,252NewPSPIdea Factory
    New16.Hoppe-chan Tsukutte Asonde Puni Puni Town!!8,837New3DSNippon Columbia
    07.17.Toukiden8,253208,170PSVTecmo Koei
    12.18.Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon8,147842,5383DSNintendo
    14.19.Danganronpa (PSP the Best!)7,507105,158PSPSpike
    09.20.Toukiden7,428136,840PSPTecmo Koei


    Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

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