Big in Japan Jan. 31-Feb.6: Ace Attorney: Miles Edgeworth 2

Latest in Capcom's Phoenix Wright spin-off series leads the Japanese sales charts, followed by new Macross, White Knight Chronicles, and Dragon Ball games.

It has been months since a portable-exclusive game has appeared on the NPD Group's top 10 best-seller list, but handheld games routinely dominate Media Create's Japanese sales charts. Today the company released its sales figures for the week of January 31 to February 6, which consisted of eight handheld games (six for PSP, two for DS) and just two console titles, both Nintendo-published Wii games.

Best-seller? No objection, your honor.

The latest installment in the Phoenix Wright spin-off series topped the charts in its debut week. Japanese gamers were more than ready to pick up again with the franchise's purple-clad prosecutor, as Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth 2 sold 132,266 copies in its debut week.

New releases like Miles Edgeworth 2 dominated the week's sales, taking the top four spots on the chart. Namco Bandai managed to slot two titles in that bunch, with PSP action game Macross Triangle Frontier and the DS fighter Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butouden. The former anime title features the transforming Valkyrie mechs of the Robotech series, while the latter lets players pummel their way through four of the series' major story arcs.

The previous week's best-seller, the Wii role-playing game The Last Story, slipped to seventh place, with last week's runner-up Valkyria Chronicles III still just a step behind. The only other console title on the charts, Donkey Kong Country Returns, actually moved up a spot during the week, finishing in ninth place with 16,943 copies sold.

As for hardware, sales were down almost across the board, with no change to the systems' ranking order. Only the DSi improved its sales figures week-over-week, bumping up from 9,611 units sold to 9,954 sold. The PSP and PS3 were once again far out ahead of the pack, selling 30,475 systems and 23,846 systems, respectively. Sony's other system was not so fortunate, as the PSP Go managed only an anemic 136 systems sold. The Wii finished in third with 14,972 sold, followed by the DSi LL, which added another 11,555 portables to its installed base.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 6, 2011
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth 2 / Capcom / DS / 132,266
2. Macross Triangle Frontier / Namco Bandai / PSP / 55,513
3. White Knight Chronicles Episode: Dogma Wars / Sony / PSP / 40,603
4. Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butouden / Namco Bandai / DS / 31,108
5. Kenka Banchou 5: Otoko no Housoku / Spike / PSP / 28,000
6. Monster Hunter Portable 3 / Capcom / PSP / 27,861
7. The Last Story / Nintendo / Wii / 19,178
8. Valkyria Chronicles 3 / Sega / PSP / 17,927
9. Donkey Kong Country Returns / Nintendo / Wii / 16,493
10. Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii wake ga Nai Portable / Namco Bandai / PSP / 11,721

Hardware:
PSP - 30,475
PS3 - 23,846
Wii - 14,972
DSi LL - 11,555
DSi - 9,954
Xbox 360 - 2,282
PS2 - 1,897
DS Lite - 1,056
PSP Go - 136

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23 comments
pakrulz
pakrulz

136 PSP Go? Seriously!!!?

myjota
myjota

i only can say if Japan ignore xbox360 only that is american device why we must to buy ps3 o they Toyota's ?

tastyhalloween
tastyhalloween

@monson21502 which is like so unlike americans and microsoft?...

Charliesix
Charliesix

Macross Frontier anime was "awful"? Say what? Loved that show! Also.. Gamespot, how bout some "big in" for other countries?

rayjapan
rayjapan

@TBoogy Besides that, if you buy a Torne, you will be able to record tv shows on to the hard disk. Bluray discs can be purchased or rented at many places in Japan. DVDs are still more popular, of course.

monson21502
monson21502

@mariokart64fan, nah this is japan charts. sony will just release a new color psp or bundle and the japanese people will buy it in droves

Arsyad00
Arsyad00

i wannabe in JAPAN!!! NIPPON!!!!!!!

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

when 3ds is launched psp sales will probably fall

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

I cant wait for Edgeworth 2 the Cases are Bigger and Plot twists are bigger and there's even a special suprise in Case 3. Why cant they just make the english version faster T_T Capcom's Japan games (Ace attorney,Ghost trick, Monster hunter) always take a long time before we get it. Were probably wont see an english trailer for 2 months.

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

I want Valkyria Chronicles III :cry: Don't beleive they made a Macross Frontier game the anime was awful

Pete5506
Pete5506

PSP is still selling, I am also happy to see the PS2 is selling yet

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

HAHAHA 136 for psp go man thats sad :( at least sony psp is on top

TBoogy
TBoogy

Sony has a real problem with not selling enough software for the hardware they are moving in regards to the ps3. Are the Japanese buying it for the bluray player, too?

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

great to see how high the sales for it were hopefully this means a 3rd game is on the way

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

@dubel_07 i know right? hell gs didn't even inform me that the last story had been released D:

Ultrabeatdown55
Ultrabeatdown55

Ace Attorney Investigations: MIles Edgeworth 2 is pretty much going to come to NA now with those sales! HORRAY!!!

Silos911
Silos911

Is Edgeworth's suit considered purple? Not trying to nitpick here, but I thought it was considered red.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

as usual 30 thousand nintendo systems and 50 thousand sony, --- they like nintendo and sony lol ms gets the shaft all the ti me

dubel_07
dubel_07

Wait, there was a second Edgeworth game?! WHY WAS I NOT TOLD ABOUT THIS?!

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

The sure love the PSP! PS2 almostttt caught up to 360, Maybe next week! :D

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

Hoping these get released in the states.

789shadow
789shadow

Miles Edgeworth 2 and PW vs. PL had better come to NA.