In an interview with Eshiro, this was what was said,
Quote: Kinnikumask asks: Is there still any hope for a physical release of Dual
Destinies in the west?
Eshiro: In response to fan feedback we
looked into a western physical release of Dual Destinies but from the beginning
of the project, one of our goals has been to bring the game to the western
market much more quickly than we have been able to in the past. As text
adventures, the Ace Attorney games require a lot of time for localization, so
we really moved the proverbial mountains and had a lot of people work very hard
to get the text localized as quickly as possible—while of course maintaining
the high quality level fans are accustomed to.
As part of this, we made
the decision to release on digital only in the west in order to take
manufacturing time out of the equation and allow the release date to be as
early as possible. So the answer is, no, Dual Destinies will be a
digital download-only release in the west.
So I guess we better buy those eshop cards!