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Ace Attorney 123

No objections to Ace Attorney 123's updated graphics


HOLD IT! close to your eyes and look at the difference
Mar 25
// Darren Nakamura
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...
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Capcom

Monster Hunter 4, Dead Rising 3 did well for Capcom


Lost Planet 3, not so much
Feb 07
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Phoenix Wright trilogy

Wright on: GBA Phoenix Wright trilogy coming to 3DS


In 3D! And only in Japan, for now. But with English!
Jan 22
// Steven Hansen
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...
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Capcom

Capcom hints at new Ace Attorney and more for 2014


Company to reaffirm its place in the fighting scene as well
Dec 29
// Wesley Ruscher
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...
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Producer ponders revival for Final Fight and Dungeons & Dragons
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...

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Phoenix Wright

Ace Attorney 5 Orca-defending DLC coming next week


*sqwueek*... Fweeeeeeet!
Nov 14
// Jonathan Holmes
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...
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Ace Attorney

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


Athena Sykes for Mayor of Metro City
Oct 26
// Jonathan Holmes
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...

Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies

Oct 24 // Aerox
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies (3DS [eShop Only; 4432 blocks])Developer: CapcomPublisher: CapcomTo be released: October 24, 2013MSRP: $29.99 Dual Destinies takes place after the events of Apollo Justice, in a time that the game refers to (over, and over, and over) as the "Dark Age of the Law." Shortly after Phoenix's disbarment in the early events of Apollo Justice for unintentionally producing false evidence thanks to Kristoph, Simon Blackquill, a rising star of the prosecutor's office, was indicted and found guilty of murder. Because of his talents, he's still allowed to try cases while incarcerated, and is your main opponent in this installment of the series.  With two of the best attorneys on both sides of the aisle disgraced, the public loses faith in the system. Attorneys begin resorting to underhanded tactics to win cases -- if Phoenix Wright was fabricating evidence to save his clients, why shouldn't they? If defense attorneys are going to fabricate evidence, the prosecution needs to find a way to secure convictions. If the prosecution is convicting by any means necessary, defense attorneys have to fabricate evidence to defend the innocent. It becomes a vicious cycle, and gets to the point the top legal academy in the country begins training it students to win at all costs, teaching that the ends always justify the means. It's our own legal system taken to the extreme -- while nothing in American jurisprudence is as blatant or overt as what occurs in Phoenix Wright, we're reminded that we still live in a country where local prosecutors are often politicians looking to move up, and defense attorneys are paid to defend their client at all costs. It's in a similar environment Dual Destinies takes place -- Apollo, Phoenix, and new attorney Athena Cykes try cases, defend clients, and try to put an end to the Dark Age of the Law while sticking to their morals. The structure of the game will be familiar to any who have played any of the previous installments. After a short, courtroom-only introductory case, the rest of the cases play out similarly -- an anime cutscene introduces the murder, Phoenix, Apollo, and/or Athena show up on scene to investigate, and then present their findings in a courtroom sequence. For longer cases, an additional investigation/courtroom sequence or two are added, but the general structure remains the same. Investigative portions play out like they always have: you move from area to area, interrogating witnesses and presenting evidence to them, gathering ammunition for court. Certain areas, usually the actual scenes of the crime, allow you to search the whole room in a point-and-click style sequence reminiscent of classic adventure games. After you've thoroughly searched the required areas and spoken to all of the necessary witnesses, the game moves to the courtroom phase. There aren't many changes to the courtroom action either, where gameplay primarily consists of the cross-examination of witnesses. As you discover contradictions in witness testimony, you present evidence to blow their statements out of the water or, when you don't have evidence, bluff your way through the examination by selecting the appropriate responses from small dialogue prompts. It's simple, it's basic, and it works, just like it has in the four previous installments. The one significant new addition to witness examination comes from Athena Cykes, who can use her robot, Widget, and her skills in analytical psychology to read the emotions of a witness as they testify. During these sequences, you listen to a witnesses testimony while monitoring their four basic emotions -- joy, anger, sadness, and surprise, and look to find where their emotions (or lack thereof) don't match the testimony they're giving. Back on the investigative side, Apollo Justice's bracelet, which allows you to observe a witness in slow motion to look for physical tells that show they're lying. Phoenix's Magatama and the Psyche-Lock system also make a relatively brief return.  On the whole, Dual Destinies is an extremely strong addition to the series, and my favorite Ace Attorney game so far. The cohesive themes and narrative tie the game's cases together more strongly than any previous title, and I think the final case just barely beats the Case 5 of Trials and Tribulations in terms of drama and surprise. New prosecutor Simon Blackquill is a solid addition to the series, although I don't think he can stand up to Godot or Edgeworth. The real standout is Athena. Initially introduced as an assistant attorney, Athena's background and her story soon become the core focus of Dual Destinies. While the Ace Attorney series frequently slips into stereotypes and caricature, particularly with witnesses, Athena makes for a unique character who's history, motivations, behavior, and eventual story arc may be the most well rounded of any characters in the franchise. Unfortunately, Dual Destinies still occasionally suffers from the same problem all of the previous games have had -- there are times when you piece together the mystery several steps ahead of the game, and get bogged down trying to figure out what you need to do next because you can't leap straight to your conclusion. You can't present the decisive piece of evidence you know will break the witness too early, because the game's script demands that you do otherwise. Similarly, events in the investigative phase often won't trigger until one very specific piece of evidence has been shown to a certain witness, and the game isn't always clear that this needs to happen for you to move forward. However, these incidents are relatively rare, particularly compared to the previous games, and don't cause significant trouble beyond brief annoyances. Finally, those who might have gotten excited upon hearing the game had received the series' first ever M rating from the ESRB should temper their enthusiasm. Just like every other game in the Ace Attorney series, every case in Dual Destinies involves murder, but there's nothing I'd consider overly graphic. My guess is either that the ESRB is simply inconsistent in its ratings, or the M comes from the stories of two separate witnesses who for whatever reason concerned someone at the ESRB: one witness is revealed to be a different gender than initially presented (their parents forced them to live as the opposite gender and the game leaves it at that), and another character hints at a same-sex attraction. Both issues are given cursory examination, and then the cases move forward. In any event, aside from the murder present in every game in the series, there's nothing here that's inappropriate for teenagers under 17. However, even though it's not a new, gritty, ultra-violent courtroom drama, Dual Destinies delivers exactly what I wanted from a new Ace Attorney game. Interesting new cases, great new characters, lots of twists and surprises, and what is ultimately an excellent work of interactive fiction. Topped off with beautiful 3D animations, an unsurprisingly excellent soundtrack, and some great anime sequences that highlight major moments in each case, Dual Destinies is not to be missed.
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Court is back in session
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 Jap...

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Ace Attorney 5

Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies demo on eShop today


I have no objections
Oct 01
// Tony Ponce
Getting ready for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies on October 24? Pump yourself with a demo on the 3DS eShop today. Get your finger pointing on as soon as you can.
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Phoenix Wright

Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies hits the eShop in October


Turnabout Return and costume DLC confirmed
Sep 17
// Jordan Devore
I now think of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies as the game where Phoenix Wright defends an orca charged with murder which is, to be fair, at least a funny thing to be remembered for. (Shame that case is DLC.) Ca...
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OBJECTION!
[Update: European release also confirmed.] Late last year, Japan got an amazing crossover in Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney -- leaving everyone else in the dark as to when it would be announced worldwide. But due to today...

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Capcom

Not all DLC heading West in Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies


The quiz didn't pass the test
Aug 03
// Wesley Ruscher
Western Ace Attorney fans have much to be excited for when the fifth entry in series invades the Nintendo 3DS eShop with Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies and its subsequent DLC titled "Turnabout Return" late...
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You must defend this whale that's been accused of MURDER


One of the first major DLCs for Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies
Jul 26
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The first details of the Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies downloadable content plans have been revealed, in Japan at least. The Special Chapter: Turnabout Return DLC is the one I'm looking forward to as it will bridge the gap bet...
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The new Ace Attorney game has been rated M


Also here's some new videos
Jul 17
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Well this is random. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies has been rated M for mature by the ESRB. Past games have always been rated T for teen, and the reasoning behind this change isn't all that clear. Sure, the g...
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Ace Attorney

Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies screens are looking sharp


Both the white suit and the spear impaling that other guy
Jul 03
// Darren Nakamura
It isn't long until Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies shows up in the 3DS eShop this fall, so the Capcom Unity blog has put up some new screenshots, as well as bios for characters both old and new. Check out that ...
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Ace Attorney 5

Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies physical release possible


Capcom is looking for sufficient demand
Jun 18
// Jordan Devore
Outside of Japan, Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies will be available only as a download from the Nintendo 3DS eShop. That's the current plan, at any rate. Responding to fans, Capcom senior VP Christian Svensson ex...

Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies is lookin' fine in 3D

Jun 13 // Caitlin Cooke
The demo I played was very reminiscent of the original series with the same dialogue style and basic gameplay mechanics but with the extra oomph that the 3DS can offer - mainly, short 3D cutscenes and added graphic detail. Oh, and of course Phoenix's hair is even more spiky in 3D. Players can still shout OBJECTION! into the mic and I imagine the investigation will also incorporate some 3DS features, however the demo did not get into the crime scene portion.  The court scene was very much the same as it's always been -- lots of banter, pressing the witnesses, presenting evidence and of course all the courtroom drama that goes along with it. It was entertaining watching Phoenix stumble his way through his first investigation in years - it wouldn't be an Ace Attorney game without embarrassing the main character! The new gameplay mechanic, the "mood matrix," allows Phoenix to sense how the witness is feeling during their testimony -- happy, angry, sad, or surprised. Pinpointing an unexpected emotion allows for Phoenix to press the witness even further on their testimony, exposing new information. It didn't seem very difficult but it was interesting being able to view the witness' memories play out. I found this to be a unique addition and I'm curious how it will play out in the long run. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies is being released in Japan on July 25th with western regions following suit in the fall for 3DS download only. Yes, it's sad, but hey at least we're getting it, and getting it soon!  
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I have no objections
I'm a big fan of the Ace Attorney series but fell off the wagon somewhere between the Apollo Justice and Miles Edgeworth games, so it's exciting to see that Phoenix is making a comeback in Dual Destinies. The game takes place...

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Capcom @ E3

Capcom has a 'big surprise' in store for E3


And here's the rest of the lineup
Jun 06
// Jordan Devore
At first glance, Capcom's E3 2013 lineup feels lighter than expected. There's the usual Lost Planet 3, DuckTales: Remastered, Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, as expected. Yes, ...
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Ace Attorney 5

New Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies trailer, 'nuff said


GO, GO, STEEL SAMURAI!
Jun 01
// Tony Ponce
In yesterday's special Japan-only Nintendo Direct, Capcom shared additional details on the upcoming Monster Hunter 4 and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies. For the latter, we've got a brand new trailer to salivat...
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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD on App Store now


Pointing is rude
May 30
// Dale North
Capcom says that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD is now on Apple's App Store, ready for you to download for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. You'll get the first three games -- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, ...
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Nintendo Direct

Nintendo to detail Monster Hunter 4 and Ace Attorney 5


Juicy details coming in this week's Nintendo Direct
May 28
// Patrick Hancock
In an upcoming dual-game specific Nintendo Direct, Nintendo will be talking about two highly anticipated titles: Monster Hunter 4 and Ace Attorney 5. The broadcast will be in Japanese and takes place on May 31, which is ...
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Phoenix Wright

Capcom explains digital-only Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies


Why North America and Europe aren't getting a boxed copy
May 15
// Jordan Devore
When Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies leaves Japan this fall, it'll be available exclusively through the 3DS eShop. This reality of the publishing business has been met with backlash from some percentage of fans ...
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Ace Attorney

Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies gets a Japanese web demo


A Flash demo? How quaint!
May 15
// Tony Ponce
Capcom has finally slapped a proper localized title onto Ace Attorney 5, hereby known as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies, and will be bringing it out West this fall. Unfortunately, it will be an eShop-only relea...
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Ace Attorney

Take that! Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies out this fall


If crazy lawyer hijinks are wrong, I don't want to be Wright
May 13
// Darren Nakamura
Formerly known only as Ace Attorney 5 in the west, the upcoming game in the wacky lawyer adventure series has a new name: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies. Not only that, but it will see its digital release in t...
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Ace Attorney 5

Ace Attorney 5 bundles include finger-pointing statue


Also included is a nifty pouch themed after Wright's pimpin' suit
Apr 18
// Tony Ponce
For Phoenix Wright's grand return to the courtroom in Japan this summer, Capcom has put together a number of limited edition bundles to sell on the e-Capcom store. For ¥9990 (~$102), you get a copy of the game, three alte...
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Ace Attorney 5

Ace Attorney 5 releases this July in Japan


No Western date announced just yet
Apr 11
// Tony Ponce
The dynamic trio of Phoenix Wright, Mr. Grumpy Gus, and Chick with a Care Bear Stare is set to invade your 3DS this summer -- if you live in Japan, that is. In a post about an upcoming Nico Nico Q&A session, Capcom accide...
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Ace Attorney 5

Ace Attorney 5 heroine uses emotions to solve her cases


Kizuki Kokone listens to the 'Heart's Testimony'
Mar 18
// Kyle MacGregor
Ace Attorney 5 features a female protagonist, as you might have gathered from screenshots and trailers. A new member of the Wright Anything Agency, Kizuki Kokone studied law in the United States and endeavors to use...
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Apollo Justice art

Apollo Justice is a hardcore badass


The art community loves Apollo's new 'tude
Mar 14
// Tony Ponce
The second that news hit about Apollo Justice's makeover for the upcoming Ace Attorney 5, web artists like Umberon went nuts with the concept. Apollo's trying to pull a Raiden over here! You sneaky devil! Speaking of Raiden, ...
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Ace Attorney 5

Apollo Justice confirmed for Ace Attorney 5


He's taken some battle damage
Mar 12
// Jonathan Holmes
Though they come few and far between, some say that Ace Attorney 4 is their favorite game in the series. These fans were rightfully disappointed to see Phoenix Wright return to the starring role in Ace Attorney 5. W...
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TGS: Phoenix Wright 5 is beautiful but impenetrable by me


Sep 21
// Conrad Zimmerman
One of the absolute worst things about coming to Japan and not knowing the language is being faced with the opportunity to play a new game from a series you love and not understand a goddamn thing that's going on. Such was th...

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