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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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9:25 AM on 10.01.2013

Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies demo on eShop today

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.

Tony Ponce

5:00 PM on 09.17.2013

Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies hits the eShop in October

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...

Jordan Devore



Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney announced for US, EU photo
Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney announced for US, EU
by Chris Carter

[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's Nintendo Direct, we now have full confirmation -- Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney will be hitting the Nintendo 3DS in 2014.

This is one of the biggest releases on the 3DS, so it's a huge win for portable fans everywhere. I can't wait to dig into it!

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4:30 PM on 08.03.2013

Not all DLC heading West in Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies

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...

Wesley Ruscher

6:00 AM on 07.26.2013

You must defend this whale that's been accused of MURDER

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...

Hamza CTZ Aziz





7:30 PM on 07.17.2013

The new Ace Attorney game has been rated M

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...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

11:30 AM on 07.03.2013

Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies screens are looking sharp

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 ...

Darren Nakamura

3:30 PM on 06.18.2013

Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies physical release possible

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...

Jordan Devore



Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies is lookin' fine in 3D photo
Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies is lookin' fine in 3D
by Caitlin Cooke

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 a few years after he last practiced and this time he's accompanied by his sidekick, Athena Cykes, who has the special ability to sense emotions on her mood matrix machine. Apollo Justice also makes an appearance, having just survived a bombing incident, and I also heard through the grapevine that Edgeworth will be back in some capacity.

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8:00 PM on 06.06.2013

Capcom has a 'big surprise' in store for E3

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, ...

Jordan Devore

5:00 AM on 06.01.2013

New Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies trailer, 'nuff said

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...

Tony Ponce

2:00 PM on 05.30.2013

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD on App Store now

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, ...

Dale North

4:30 PM on 05.28.2013

Nintendo to detail Monster Hunter 4 and Ace Attorney 5

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 ...

Patrick Hancock

8:00 PM on 05.15.2013

Capcom explains digital-only Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies

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 ...

Jordan Devore

1:45 PM on 05.15.2013

Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies gets a Japanese web demo

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...

Tony Ponce