Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies bests Dragon’s Crown on Media Create charts

Wednesday, 31st July 2013 14:48 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies debuted in first place on the Japanese charts this week, topping Dragon’s Crown releases on PS3 and Vita – even when combined.

Capcom’s 3DS title moved 250,216 units, and combined, Dragon’s Crown moved 175,442 with the PS3 offering selling 33,276 units more than the Vita version.

The Witch and the Hundred Knights also debuted for the period, and moved 49,209 units for a fourth place spot. Other debuts in the top 10 for the week included Level-5′s Fantasy Life Link! (3DS – 18,234), and LEGO City Undercover (Wii U – 18,199).

On the hardware side of things, while 3DS LL was still the best-selling system, sales were down week over week. The only offering to show growth were PSV, 3DS, and PS3, respectively.

Here’s the full software chart for July 22-28. Life-to-date sales are in parentheses:

  1. [3DS] Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies (Capcom, 07/25/13) – 250,216 (New)
  2. [PS3] Dragon’s Crown (Atlus, 07/25/13) – 104,359 (New)
  3. [PSV] Dragon’s Crown (Atlus, 07/25/13) – 71,083 (New)
  4. [PS3] The Witch and the Hundred Knights (NIS, 07/25/13) – 49,209 (New)
  5. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (Nintendo, 07/18/13) – 43,721 (143,694)
  6. [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life (Nintendo, 04/18/13) – 22,821 (1,309,467)
  7. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 18,543 (101,299)
  8. [3DS] Fantasy Life Link! (Level-5, 07/25/13) – 18,234 (New)
  9. [Wii U] LEGO City Undercover (Nintendo, 07/25/13) – 18,199 (New)
  10. [Wii U] Pikmin 3 (Nintendo, 07/11/13) – 14,161 (135,393)
  11. [PS3] Earth Defense Force 2025 (D3 Publisher, 07/04/13) – 10,879 (222,847)
  12. [3DS] Danball Senki W Super Custom (Level-5, 07/18/13) – 10,796 (38,038)
  13. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 9,966 (3,345,164)
  14. [3DS] Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (Nintendo, 06/13/13) – 9,547 (226,695)
  15. [PSP] Toki no Kizuna: Hanayui Tsuzuri (Idea Factory, 07/25/13) – 9,252 (New)
  16. [3DS] Hoppechan: Tsukutte! Asonde! Punipuni Town!! (Nihon Colombia, 07/25/13) – 8,837 (New)
  17. [PSV] Toukiden (Tecmo Koei, 06/27/13) – 8,253 (208,170)
  18. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo, 03/21/13) – 8,147 (842,538)
  19. [PSP] DanganRonpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair (PSP the Best) (Spike, 11/23/11) – 7,507 (105,158)
  20. [PSP] Toukiden (Tecmo Koei, 06/27/13) – 7,428 (136,840)

Here’s the full hardware chart for Week 30. Last week’s sales are in parentheses:

  • 3DS LL – 36,350 (41,322)
  • PSV– 19,866 (14,392)
  • 3DS – 18,625 (15,703)
  • PS3 – 11,900 (11,413)
  • Wii U – 11,373 (14,280)
  • PSP – 6,024 (5,719)
  • Wii – 1,442 (1,463)
  • 360 – 318 (420)

Thanks, Gematsu.



  1. Lengendaryboss

    A few new good games in the top but it is sad that the game that was supposed kickstart Wii U sales is stumbling like console itself but its in line with the franchise sales.

    Now Toukiden did pretty well on PS Vita, meaning that devs can finally transition.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. ShiiRo

    It’s worth mentioning that Dragon’s Crown is already Vanillaware’s best selling game ever. It also had by far their best opening week. So it’s a huge success for them. Especially when you take into account the high price that the game sells for ($90 on PS3 and $83 on Vita) and the incredibly low budget (1m).

    #2 1 year ago
  3. DarkElfa


    #3 1 year ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 HOLD IT!!

    #4 1 year ago
  5. MFBB

    I think Dragons Crown is way to expensive, 70€.

    Gonne buy that in a few months for 15-20€.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. polygem

    still don´t know if i should get the vita or the ps3 version! too bad it isn´t crossbuy anymore, especially at that price…

    do you guys already know which version you´ll get? might even start a thread regarding this.

    would love to play this with a vg247 crew…but the online isn´t multiplat either. if you have the vita version you´re stuck with vita players for your coop action.

    i love how this game looks and i cannot wait to play it but i would´ve loved this as a crossbuy title.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. actuallyisnotafox

    @2 1 million! :o stfu, really? im actually surprised, im getting it for sure, but wow, thats impressive, hope it sells even more for them ^-^

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Clupula

    Boy, that’s some strong momentum the Wii U has there. Wasn’t it the top selling home console in Japan or something, according to someone here?

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Clupula

    On a serious note, I’m surprised the PS3 version outsold the Vita version, after years of being told how much Japanese gamers prefer handheld systems to home consoles. I’ve said for years that the handhelds only did so well because people weren’t given a choice if they wanted to play their favorite franchises. I’m curious to see the numbers of future PS3/Vita releases.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. wildBoar

    It’s out!? How did I not know this.. Well this is a pleasant surprise, see ya in 2 weeks VG247.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. lexph3re

    @polygem I’m getting the Vita Version first and ps3 one later. I honestly haven’t had much time to play anything. So, not sure how I will balance Tales of Xillia and this game.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Dragon246

    Nope. Japanese prefer handhelds, its a fact.
    As for why DC PS3 version outsold Vita version, PS3 has an install base of ~10million and Vita just 1.6m, so Vita version had much higher attach rate and comparatively performed much better. Not to mention Vita and PS3 versions had SAME PRICE (unlike in west) in Japan.Both versions had very good sell-through rate.
    Plus, Japanese have a much more hectic schedule, hence handhelds suit them better.
    Ignorant “Japanese games suck” comments aside, Jgames are probably made with most bang for buck. DC for example already made back money as it was developed with just 1m$ , which is considered “indie” in the west.

    AC5 had very good performance too. I think it outsold previous editions.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. polygem

    @lex: i think i will pick up the vita version as well. no release date for europe yet. a retailer i often order us/uk copies from says it can be delivered august 9…damn. i will go on holidays on august 7 and i would´ve loved to take this game with me. wanted to order it today.
    nevermind, as soon as i´m back, i´ll get it. will prolly also get the us version of muramasa while i´m at it since there´s no european release yet either.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Clupula

    @9 – Well, before you declare it a fact, let’s see some more dual releases and judge then. It’s not like there weren’t 33,000 other potential buyers for the Vita version. It’s not like we’re talking about a game that sold 2,000,000 copies.

    I don’t recall any other titles that were released for both AT THE SAME TIME in the past.

    If the Final Fantasy X games, the news Trails in the Sky, and Ragnarok Odyssey Ace all sell more on Vita, then I’ll concede. But if the PS3 versions sell more on the majority of them, then I’ll know I was right.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Dragon246

    Its a fact, whether you like it or not. PSP, DS and all other handhelds outsell home consoles.
    Plus, as I said, its 1.6 million vs. 10 million install base. If that floats your boat, be my guest.
    Its not US, its Japan, a completely different market in more ways than one.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Clupula

    @15 – Please don’t act like Francis. You’re better than that.

    As I have said numerous times, when titles like Dragon Quest IX and Crisis Core were ONLY available on handhelds, Japan started buying more handhelds than consoles, because those were the only places where those games were available.

    It is not like there was a PS2 version of Crisis Core or a PS3 Dissidia or 3rd Birthday, so if people in Japan wanted to pick these titles up, they had no choice but to buy handhelds. Thus, their Japanese popularity.

    The real test of this theory is a title like Dragon’s Crown or the upcoming HD versions of the FFX titles, because there, people will finally be given the option between choosing between a console and a handheld system for the same game. 1.6 million is still more than 104,359, is it not? So, you’re telling me that because only 1.6 million people bought the system, there weren’t enough people to make up the difference. Come on.

    Not to mention, how many of those 104,359 who bought the PS3 version do you think probably ALSO own Vitas and simply chose the home version? Or wanted both versions. Don’t pretend there isn’t crossover between the two systems. In fact, I’d venture to say the majority of Japanese Vita owners also are PS3 owners. So, they made a choice. A choice based on preference.

    Has nothing to do with me liking it or not. And the coming months will prove which one of us is right or wrong. I’ll be willing to admit it if I’m wrong. Will you?

    #16 1 year ago
  17. wildBoar

    10 million vs. 1.6 million, Dragon246 is making a lot of sense, I don’t see how you can talk your way around this.
    Nuff said.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Dragon246

    Unfortunately your logic is completely backwards. I follow Japan sales for a long time, probably longer than anyone on this site. What I said is just plain truth. Whether you admit it or not, its up to you.

    “Japan started buying more handhelds than consoles, because those were the only places where those games were available.”
    Wrong. Completely backwards. Those games appeared on handhelds cuz handhelds sell better.

    “1.6 million is still more than 104,359, is it not? So, you’re telling me that because only 1.6 million people bought the system, there weren’t enough people to make up the difference. Come on.’
    Yeah, I am saying exactly that. If you don’t get that, I cant do anything, sorry.
    So tell me, why only 100k of PS3 owners out of 10 million bought the game, while the Vita attach rate is almost 10 times higher?

    Its 1.6 million vs 10 million. Period.

    Again, its JAPAN not US. Different market, different styles. You are just not getting it.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. DoctorFrag

    It’s just another proof that all the fuss with downloadable-only EU version is pure rubbish. Phoenix Wright 5 is a great game that would sell as good or better than most 3DS games.

    I think that cutting off the box version is caused by the high quality of the game. People will buy it so let’s force them to digital copy that cannot be sold at ebay o gamestop.

    #19 1 year ago

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