Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney didn’t do so well

At least, sales were pretty average for the game in Japan, with it selling less than every Layton game bar Miracle Mask and many of the Ace Attorney titles.  Here’s how the sales stack up to past games:

Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney has sold 128,856 copies.  In contrast, here are the others:

  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village – 136,736
  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box – 293,897
  • Professor Layton and the Unwound Future – 347,360
  •  Professor Layton and the Last Specter – 306,473
  • Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask – 119,591

And the stats for the Ace Attorney series:

  • Ace Attorney: Justice for All – 23,503
  • Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations – 56,787
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney – 250,186
  • Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth – 171,940
  • Ace Attorney Investigations 2 – 132,266

As you can see, the game has sold less than a lot of other games in the series it draws material from.  Why is this?  Hard to say really, maybe the two games didn’t mesh too well and hence sales were lower?

Perhaps the change to a medieval/fantasy setting may have been a factor.  After all, the other games in both series were set in either the modern day or very close to it, Maybe the crossover should have taken place in the modern world with a more ‘realistic’ storyline.

But it’s not all hope that’s lost.  After all, these are just the first week sales for each game in the series, so it’s still possible the game might be another New Super Mario Bros or Nintendogs or something and sell steadily over a long period of time. And the stats are Japan specific so far, so it’s definitely possible that the game could be a much bigger success in the US and Europe instead.

Either way, first week sales weren’t so hot.  Why do you think this might be?  Is it the system the game was released on and how it’s not yet as popular as the original DS?  Something about the story that was changed that annoyed long time fans?  Or is this all nothing to worry about?

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Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney Didn’t Go So Great – Silicon Era

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