Capcom has announced, via their TGS stream, that the original Ace Attorney trilogy is coming to Switch, PS4, PC (Steam) and Xbox One.
A great time to jump in if you haven’t already, the trilogy will feature upgraded HD graphics and is set for release early 2019:
In other Ace Attorney news, Capcom announced the Ace Attorney Concert 2019 and showed off a new trailer for the second season of the anime — which is looking vastly improved from the enjoyable first season — based on the third game in the series. Godot, of course, makes his entrance in a suitable style. The broadcast begins October 6th (via CloverWorks), here’s the teaser:
Although, disappointingly, there was no Ace Attorney 7 to show. Capcom seems to be saving that title for another day…
Capcom has teased Ace Attorney fans by saying the panel at the Tokyo Game Show this year is something they will definitely want to see.
Ace Attorney News Inbound
The panel for the sublime legal series will be held on Saturday the 22nd of September from 16.00 JST (3.00 EDT, 00.00 PDT, 8.00 in the morning BST) and will last for around 40 minutes. Capcom said the panel is simply:
“Unmissable for Ace Attorney fans.”
What’s more, Ace Attorney series producer Motohide Eshiro and game designer Shinsuke Kodama will indeed be attending.
With 40 minutes to play with, Capcom will most likely bring some goodies along. Those goodies are expected to be the first six games in HD, across two compilations, serving as an introduction to those unfamiliar with the series, followed by what sounds like Ace Attorney 7.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, from Japanese giant Capcom, was produced for the Nintendo DS in 2005, or rather, an enhanced remake was. While it’s not all that common knowledge, the game was actually first conceived for the Game Boy Advance in Japan, way back in 2001. There was also a popular port of the title on Nintendo’s archaic, yet somehow fondly remembered WiiWare service in 2010.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
The first game in the series centred on the eponymous Phoenix Wright, a budding new attorney learning the ropes of the courtroom. What struck many, myself included, was that the story was good – really good. This was essentially a lawyer simulator turned into a game but, arguably, (and in this writer’s opinion), the title features some of the best writing in one to date.
‘Gameplay’ wise, you were tasked with finding contradictions within a witness’s testimony. This started off simple, but quickly became complex, with players often running the scenes through their head and asking questions such as: “How did they get there if they were also somewhere else at the exact same time? Something doesn’t add up.” Then, once you were sure enough of your own conviction, you could make yourself feel stupid/empowered and shout “Objection!” at your DS, or TV, depending on which version you played the game on. (Fear not, you could also just hit a button if you were feeling a little bit awkward on that crowded bus to work).
It was this spark of simple genius that made the game so compelling. If you were W-right (see what I did there? Ok, I’ll grab my coat), you saw your witness squirm in front of you, trying anything to convince you that they didn’t kill him or her. What made it even better was when the opposing prosecutor, Miles Edgeworth, came into the fray with a smart ‘get out’ for the witness – upping the ante considerably. Ensue a battle of wits until the very end, all in the name of justice. Like a Sherlock Holmes vs Professor Moriarty encounter. And really, there isn’t much better than that.
Tie all this in with the aforementioned sagacious writing, sometimes silly, often hilarious, thought-provoking and incredibly dark when it wanted to be, and what you had was a game many had not ever experienced before. (It would be remiss of me not to mention the music that plays when Wright brings the justice):
But it wasn’t just the cases which were superbly put together in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, it was the surprising depth of the characters as well – each had hours of intriguing backstory that would deliciously expand over the course of the game(s).
Nick himself, for instance, was a captivating protagonist. His quirky, yet determined to succeed and find the truth manner (something his creator Shu Takumi once admitted was based on himself) made the journey a truly thrilling ride. Wright’s character and position would subtly continue to develop over the games, from rookie to outright veteran in the later adventures. (Sorry, no major spoilers here!).
Let us not forget Miles Edgeworth either, a fan favourite of the series, and rightfully so. Edgeworth would end up becoming the anti-hero construction we all know and love in fiction. He would help Phoenix in the courtroom, but would nevertheless remain a formidable opponent who Wright had to prove himself to again and again; however improbable the events that unfolded!
That’s without mentioning the rest of the cast: the loveable yet struggling to achieve Gumshoe, the endearing and curious Maya. Manfred von Karma… All of these characters felt alive.
This writer remembers getting to the last case of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney for the first time (many years ago), not knowing the series always ended on such an epic dénouement; the scale of it all hit me. That final case (and just wait until you play the others) is something to see; tense, absorbing and yes, moving. It’s comparable to the final court scene in the film A Few Good Men.
Admittedly, never having played Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney on the DS, it was a series I had always wanted to try, but never got around to. Bigger names always stole my attention whenever I got close. For me then, it was on WiiWare where the natural love began. The rest is history: Ace Attorney remains one of my favourite games (and series) to this very day. There’s no doubt it gets more attention than ever, but it’s still a pretty niche series.
Indeed, while we wait, if you’ve played the masterpiece that is Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney already, why not share your memories with us below? With that said, I think it’s time to finish Spirit of Justice myself. Have a good weekend all.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice is out now on Android and iOS devices.
Spirit of Justice, the sixth game in the lawyerly Ace Attorney series, was first released on the 3DS last year. It sees Phoenix Wright, now an undefeatable lawyer, travel to the Kingdom of Khura’in, the origin of the Kurain Channeling Technique, which is of central importance in the series.
Kingdom of Khura’in – The Toughest Challenge Yet
In the mysterious Kingdom, there are séance trials that decide the fate of all defendants – it’s here that you’ll take part in the Divination Séance gameplay mechanic as Phoenix. This allows you to revisit the last moments of a victim’s life, which makes for some rather ridiculous, yet masterful cases. No spoilers!
Capcom created the Kingdom of Khura’in because they couldn’t devise a character that could actually beat the reinstated Wright in a ‘normal’ courtroom anymore. Yeah… he’s come quite far.
Phoenix must fight to find the contradictions between the Royal Priestess’s “Insight” and what is shown in the séance. He’s up against the entire country and starts a legal revolution, in a nutshell. Luckily, one of his closest allies, Maya Fey, also returns at long last.
It’s not just up to Wright though, his protégé Apollo Justice, along with Athena Cykes, face their own challenges back at the Wright Anything Agency.
The special episode “Turnabout Time Traveler” is also included in the mobile package which features Phoenix’s childhood friend Larry Butz, and legendary Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth.
Remember that Korean game rating for Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney that appeared for the 3DS a few months back? Well yeah, it kind of spilt the beans… The game is officially coming to the Nintendo 3DS this November.
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is coming to the 3DS via the Nintendo eShop for $19.99.
The better screens on the 3DS mean that everything looks a little crisper!
There’s now an option to quickly skip text even if you haven’t read it. Good for those that have played the game already.
It means that all six of the main Ace Attorney games will be available on the eShop, once Apollo Justice releases.
We don’t know the game’s exact release date in November yet.
You can choose between English and Japanese versions of the game, which also localises the game’s art, like so:
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is the fourth game in Capcom’s beloved lawyering series. It sees Apollo take over from the legendary Phoenix Wright who is now a disbarred defence attorney. It’s up to Apollo and Trucy Wright, Phoenix’s adopted daughter, to find out exactly why and how that happened.
It’s not the strongest entry in the series in this writer’s opinion, that award goes to the magnificent Trials and Tribulations, but it’s absolutely worth playing. We’ll bring you our updated ‘verdict’ this winter. Court is now adjourned!