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10:00 AM on 08.15.2014

Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies is available on iOS now

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies is out this week on iOS, and it's basically a port of the 3DS game with an enhanced graphical filter. You can nab the first case for free, buy each case piecemeal for $4.99, or bu...

Chris Carter


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.




1:45 PM on 06.16.2014

Original Phoenix Wright trilogy coming to 3DS this winter

Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection came out in Japan. It's coming to the 3DS eShop elsewhere this winter. Wright Selection includes Ace Attorney, Justice for All, and Trials and Tribulations, all gussied u...

Steven Hansen

1:55 PM on 06.10.2014

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is finally getting a Western release

Thank you, based Level-5! After announcing Fantasy Life, Nintendo revealed that we've also got this gem of a game to look forward to from the Yokai Watch developer (and Capcom too, of course.) We've been clamoring for it for...

Brittany Vincent

2:30 PM on 05.07.2014

Do you have an objection to this Phoenix Wright video?

Ace Attorney may have a tenuous grasp on the intricacies of various legal systems, but this brentalfloss video nails all the subtleties of the series. But, the one thing that Phoenix Wright gets right time and time again is that you just need to yell "OBJECTION!" a lot. That's the key to good lawyerin'.

Brett Makedonski

5:00 PM on 05.06.2014

Jake Kaufman's game music mashup series Fusion Challenge rocks

Jake "virt" Kaufman is taking genre mashup suggestions for his cool new game music series, Fusion Challenge. (Or he was, before hundreds of people threw down ideas.) He does a terrific, humorous job describing how it's all g...

Jordan Devore

7:30 AM on 04.29.2014

New Ace Attorney trailer translation goes heavy on the America

We were wondering if we'd ever hear about that new Ace Attorney 3DS , Grand Turnabout Trial - The Adventures of Naruhodou Ryuunosuke, on our side of the world. Given that it was just announced, we weren't expecting...

Dale North

8:30 AM on 04.24.2014

New Ace Attorney trailer is packed with Meiji Japan style

When we told you about the announcement of a new Ace Attorney 3DS game, Grand Turnabout Trial - The Adventures of Naruhodou Ryuunosuke, I mentioned that I thought it would be pretty difficult for Nintendo's localization...

Dale North

10:45 AM on 04.22.2014

New Ace Attorney 3DS game takes place in Japan's Meiji period

Famitsu's latest issue tells us that a new Ace Attorney 3DS game is on its way. Phoenix Wright's ancestor is the star, it looks like. That makes sense, as the game takes place during Japan's Meiji era (September 1868 through ...

Dale North

11:30 AM on 03.25.2014

No objections to Ace Attorney 123's updated graphics

Capcom has announced that Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection will be releasing for the 3DS on April 17 in Japan. Japanese site 4Gamer.net has taken the liberty to compare the original Game Boy Advance screens (left), the upda...

Darren Nakamura

8:00 PM on 02.07.2014

Monster Hunter 4, Dead Rising 3 did well for Capcom

Capcom has reported its earnings for the nine months of fiscal year ending March 31, 2014 and the usual suspects are all represented. Monster Hunter 4 did extremely well for the company, selling four million units; Resident E...

Jordan Devore

11:00 PM on 01.22.2014

Wright on: GBA Phoenix Wright trilogy coming to 3DS

Capcom is bundling the first three Ace Attorney games for 3DS, according to Famitsu, picked up by Siliconera. Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection will include Ace Attorney, Justice for All, and Trials and Tribulations, all gu...

Steven Hansen





1:30 PM on 12.29.2013

Capcom hints at new Ace Attorney and more for 2014

Taking part in a massive group interview, over at 4gamer, a few of Capcom's lead developers have shed some light on what' in stow for the Japanese company in the new year. While many of the announcements were merely teases of...

Wesley Ruscher

1:15 PM on 11.15.2013

Ace Attorney producer wants to revive some Capcom titles

With the arrival of the new generation, Capcom is looking to try new strategies for how to better satisfy its audience. And while Deep Down is an interesting experiment, a producer at Capcom has some other ideas in mind -- an...

Alessandro Fillari

9:00 AM on 11.14.2013

Ace Attorney 5 Orca-defending DLC coming next week

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -Dual Destinies- is an incredible game filled with drama, comedy, murder, mayhem, and most of all, lawyers. So many lovable lawyers. Soon it will have a mustached pirate orca as well. In this spec...

Jonathan Holmes

6:00 PM on 10.26.2013

It's not too late for this Ace Attorney 5 launch trailer

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -- Dual Destinies is out and it's fantastic. Along with Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, it's the best transition from sprite based graphics to polygons that I've seen yet. All the body language, exaggera...

Jonathan Holmes



Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies photo
Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
by Jonathan Ross

Previous entries in the Ace Attorney series never examined the legal system beyond surface commentary. Apollo Justice came close when it examined the idea and consequences of a jurist system (something Japan was about to re-implement at the time, and an idea disappointingly dropped completely from this installment), and Justice for All posed an ethical dilemma in its final case when Phoenix discovered his client was actually guilty (although the solution to that dilemma was a cop-out). However, these themes and ideas were introduced in the games' final cases, usually brought out as a surprise near the end, and touched upon only briefly. 

Dual Destinies uses all five cases to discuss much broader themes that are directly relevant to the real-world legal system. Despite the inherent ridiculousness of the Phoenix Wright series' depictions of a courtroom, with over the top witnesses, constant objections, and streamers and confetti as a verdict is announced, Dual Destinies actually raises some valid questions about the legal process and how our courtrooms work. As someone who has been involved in numerous criminal trials and has been on both sides of the courtroom in murder cases, I've confronted these issues head-on through my own work, and I was pleasantly surprised to see them discussed in an over-the-top fictional courtroom game.

What happens when and if the public loses trust in the legal system entirely? How do you define justice? And, most importantly, what happens when "winning" becomes more important than finding the truth?

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