Kotaku’s Jason Schreier reached out for comment on why AA5 will only be available as a digital download in America and Europe, and got this response:
“Historically it’s been tough to attract long term retail support for Ace Attorney titles. With the release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – DualDestinies 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.
“We 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 to ensure that fans are able to enjoy the game at their own leisure.
“We will be confirming details on the price point soon so please stay tuned for more information on the latest in the Ace Attorney series.”
An interesting take on things - hopefully the game being digital won’t be too much of a barrier to sales.