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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies 250,216 New 3DS Capcom
New 02. Dragon’s Crown 104,359 New PS3 Atlus
New 03. Dragon’s Crown 71,083 New PSV Atlus
New 04. The Witch and the Hundred Knights 49,209 New PS3 Nippon Ichi
01. 05. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team 43,721 143,694 3DS Nintendo
05. 06. Tomodachi Collection: New Life 22,281 1,309,467 3DS Nintendo
02. 07. Youkai Watch 18,543 101,299 3DS Level 5
New 08. Fantasy Life Link! 18,234 New 3DS Level 5
New 09. LEGO City Undercover 18,199 New WiiU Nintendo
03. 10. Pikmin 3 14,161 135,393 WiiU Nintendo
06. 11. Earth Defense Force 2025 10,879 222,847 PS3 D3 Publisher
04. 12. The Little Battlers W Super Custom 10,796 38,038 3DS Level 5
11. 13. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 9,966 3,345,164 3DS Nintendo
10. 14. Donkey Kong Country Returns 9,547 226,695 3DS Nintendo
New 15. Toki No Kizuna: Hanamusubi Tsuzuri 9,252 New PSP Idea Factory
New 16. Hoppe-chan Tsukutte Asonde Puni Puni Town!! 8,837 New 3DS Nippon Columbia
07. 17. Toukiden 8,253 208,170 PSV Tecmo Koei
12. 18. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 8,147 842,538 3DS Nintendo
14. 19. Danganronpa (PSP the Best!) 7,507 105,158 PSP Spike
09. 20. Toukiden 7,428 136,840 PSP Tecmo 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 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.