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This Week In Sales: Great Ace Attorney 2 Debuts, Dragon Quest XI And Splatoon 2 Still On Top


Period: The week of July 31– August 6 (2017)

Top-seller: Dragon Quest XI – 307,714 (Nintendo 3DS)

Nintendo Switch sales: 61,933 (Last week – 89,314)

Nintendo 2DS sales: 3,740 (3,689)

New Nintendo 2DS LL sales: 33,871 (110,963)

New Nintendo 3DS sales: 1,078 (1,370)

New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 22,200 (26,587)

Wii U sales: 158 (142)

PlayStation 4 sales: 43,862 (82,368)

PlayStation 4 Pro sales: 9,077 (10,988)

PlayStation 3 sales: 96 (121)

PlayStation Vita sales: 4,967 (4,545)

Xbox One sales: 94 (77)

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Last week, Japan was still feeling the effects of the recently released hits of Dragon Quest XI and Splatoon 2, along with the release of The Great Ace Attorney 2 and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Japanese sales tracker Media Create shared the latest on software and hardware sales data from the week of July 31 through August 6, 2017.


The #1 and #2 spots go to Dragon Quest XI again with the 3DS version selling 307,714 units and the PS4 version selling 200,798 units for a combined total of 508,512 units on the week. This puts its total at 2,607,714 units sold. The game has now passed Dragon Quest II’s life-to-date sales of 2.4 million and we’ll likely see it pass the original Dragon Quest V’s LTD sales of 2.8 million next week.


The bronze medal goes to Splatoon 2 again, with a total of 74,235 units sold for Switch, putting it at a total of 827,646 units sold. We should see it hit the million units milestone sometime in the coming weeks.


The first new title of the week is The Great Ace Attorney 2 at #4 with 69,848 units sold on the Nintendo 3DS. This is quite a drop from your average numbers for an Ace Attorney title, but it doesn’t come off as much of a surprise after considering that it is a sequel to a spinoff.


Here’s how its debut compares to previous spinoff titles from the series:



  • (2009) Ace Attorney Investigations – 171,940 [NDS]
  • (2011) Ace Attorney Investigations 2 – 132,266 [NDS]
  • (2012) Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney – 128,865 [3DS]
  • (2015) The Great Ace Attorney – 135,690 [3DS]
  • (2017) The Great Ace Attorney 2 – 69,848 [3DS]


Now here’s a look at the debuting numbers from Ace Attorney’s main-numbered series:


  • (2005) Ace Attorney – 64,570 [NDS]
  • (2006) Ace Attorney 2 – 23,503 [NDS]
  • (2007) Ace Attorney 3 – 56,787 [NDS]
  • (2007 ) Ace Attorney 4 – 250,186 [NDS]
  • (2013) Ace Attorney 5 – 250,216 [3DS]
  • (2016) Ace Attorney 6 – 196,381 [3DS]


As you can see, the numbers for the main-numbered titles have also been seeing a bit of a fall. It’s safe to say that one of the big reasons for the decline is due to the Ace Attorney games being more or less the same without any big or exciting changes. While the series continues to appeal to its current fans, we’re not seeing much else being done to expand beyond that.


[Thanks to our good friend Ishaan for providing the charts and numbers. Hit him up on Twitter @ishaansahdev to talk about video game sales, comics, and all-things Monster Hunter.]


At #5 we have Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy that made its debut with 30,384 units sold on PlayStation 4. Last but not least, Ace Attorney makes another appears, this time with the limited edition pack that features both Great Ace Attorney games, which sold 9,651 units to chart at #8.


Hardware sales aren’t nearly as high compared to big splash last week with release of Dragon Quest XI, but we can still see its ripples with relatively high hardware sales figures with 43,862 PS4 sales, 33,871 for the New 2DSLL and 22,200 for the New 3DS LL. The Nintendo Switch was the top-selling hardware of the week with 61,933 units sold, which now puts it at 1,347,232 units sold in Japan since launch going by Media Create’s numbers.


The top-20 chart of the week is as follows:

LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSysPublisher
01.01.Dragon Quest XI307,7141,456,6013DSSquare Enix
02.02.Dragon Quest XI200,7981,151,113PS4Square Enix
03.03.Splatoon 274,235827,646SwitchNintendo
New04.The Great Ace Attorney 269,848New3DSCapcom
New05.Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy30,384NewPS4SIE
05.06.Mario Kart 8 Deluxe13,764615,633SwitchNintendo
04.07.Layton’s Mystery Journey12,699108,0573DSLevel-5
New08.The Great Ace Attorney 1 & 2 Limited Edition Version9,651New3DSCapcom
06.09.Hey! Pikmin8,493107,8873DSNintendo
11.11.The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild5,304554,123SwitchNintendo
08.12.Sumikko Gurashi: Koko Doko Nan Desu5,19734,1073DSNihon Columbia
14.13.Pokémon Sun & Moon4,3213,304,7053DSPokémon Company
17.14.Animal Crossing: New Leaf –Welcome amiibo4,293212,9983DSNintendo
07.15.Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age4,217133,188PS4Square Enix
13.16.Gundam Versus3,948153,086PS4Bandai Namco
16.17.Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition3,2971,187,447PSVSIE
21.18.Grand Theft Auto V2,852372,514PS4TakeTwo
26.19.Mario Kart 72,8232,799,2353DSNintendo
27.20.Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS2,7111,069,8843DSNintendo

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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