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Why Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is skipping a physical release

Today’s Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies announcement proved to be bittersweet.

Western fans of series delighted that Capcom have decided to localise the game, yet left with the disappointment that it’ll only see release through the Nintendo eShop.

Capcom USA’s senior vice president Christian Svensson stepped in to explain, “Sorry guys, but a physical release is not in the cards.”

“Historically it’s been tough to attract long term retail support for Ace Attorney titles. With the release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies we wanted as many people as possible to be able to enjoy the game for as long as possible. With that in mind we have opted for a digital only release via the Nintendo 3DS eShop.”

He continued, “I understand that this decision may upset fans who wanted to have a physical version of the title to add to their collection but we believe this direction is the best to take.

“We will be confirming details on the price point in the not-so-distant future which I hope will also shed more light on the strategy at play here.”

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