Weren’t we just saying the other day about the cool stuff that Japan gets for otakus? Well, as if you need another reminder, we’re giving you one anyways. Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection collects the first 3 adventures of Phoenix Wright and puts them conveniently on a 3DS cartridge. Being originally DS games, they’ve been revamped with 3D vision and by pre-ordering at different outlets in Japan, lucky gamers will receive cool collectables.
So let’s a take a look going clockwise and starting with top left. A 305x205mm bromide from Animate, cleaning cloth from AmiAmi, a sliding tile puzzle game courtesy of HMV Online and lastly, a 2L bromide from Stella Worth.
Awesome news coming out of the recent Famitsu publication in Japan for Phoenix Wright fans. The first three games in the Gyakuten Saiban franchise will be coming together in one amazing package for the Nintendo 3DS.
The game, Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection, releases in Japan on April 17 will be upgraded with 3D stereoscopic visuals keeping in line with the most recent Wright game. It’s an absolute steal at ¥3,800 and Capcom has said that there will also be bonus items you can download like additional music and wallpaper.
Here’s the newly released trailer for the release of the trilogy on the Nintendo 3DS!
Can you believe Capcom is turning 30? We can’t either but they’ve decided to celebrate in a most unique way by teaming up with budget eyeglass maker, Zoff, to produce videogame glasses frames.
They’ve made eye frames featuring Biohazard and Phoenix Wright with the bundled cleaning cloths being put to a vote by fans before being selected. Pre-orders are now open prior to the frames being shipped in December with a price tag of ¥5,250. They ship with non prescription lenses inserted as a safety feature.
The Phoenix Wright frames see a court drama in progess with one side showing Miles Edgeworth while the other side features an 8-bit lawyer on the right side inner frame. For more info, you can check out the official page.
Owner of US 3DS units will be in for a treat with the news that a demo for a highly anticipated title has just hit the eShop. That game in question is Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies.
Even better is the news of Capcom releasing a special trailer, seen below, which is a special of sort, showing off the Phoenix Wright cutscenes.
When the game hits both Europe and the US, Capcom will also make available special DLC costumes for Apollo, Phoenix and Athena on October 24th. The pack will be free until November 7th after which there’ll be a fee of 99 cents. Regarding the new case for download, “Turnabout Reclaimed”, more details will follow not too long after the game launches.
Great news for all the fans of courtroom drama, Ace Attorney. The latest gripping instalment has a release date for the West. Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies will be touching down in the West on October 24. As previously announced, it is a digital only download for now so no physical copy will be made available to buy.
Here’s a synopsis to being you up to speed from Capcom:
Courtroom hero Phoenix Wright returns. The much loved gameplay and features from previous titles in the series are for the first time in stunning 3D, bringing the trials to life and putting players directly in the heart of the action. Players will need to investigate crime scenes to uncover clues before heading to court and presenting evidence, challenge witnesses and unravel the truth behind each of the cases. Joining Phoenix is young Attorney Apollo Justice and new Associate Attorney Athena Cykes, whose unique ability to psychoanalyse witnesses’ emotions introduces a brand new element to proceedings.
Already having made an appearance on screen and on stage, Phoenix Wright looks set to make a welcome return in a new stage play. Turnabout Spotlight (Gyakuten no Spotlight) has had an official site launched for it with a running schedule from July 31st through to August 4th. The stage will be held at the Rikkoukai Hall in Kitashinagawa, Tokyo.
Over on the Anime News Network site, they posted up a synopsis so fans know what to expect. One of the episodes from the original game will form the basis of the play which involves Phoenix and Maya attending a performance from Tonosaman (The Steel Samurai) when an accident occurs causing the stage to catch on fire. A suspect is named in Will Powers however he won’t engage the services of an attorney which is when Phoenix jumps into the action.
Catch a gallery of the cast below.
Tickets for this amazing play will set you back ¥5,800.
Last night was a busy one for Nintendo in Japan with the broadcast of the 3DS themed Nintendo Direct broadcast. We’ve already seen the Monster Hunter 4 trailer plus new 3DS units, now it’s the turn of another massive franchise popular with gamers.
Ace Attorney 5: Dual Destinies had a presence at the show with an update on the release for Japan and a new trailer with more game action.
If you want to get straight to the Ace Attorney action, you’ll need to do some skipping ahead in the video til the 2:39 point of the video. Ace Attorney is due out in Japan on July 25th and some time after that, it will come to West as a downloadable eShop title.
Can’t believe I managed to report on this but tonight in Japan there will be a special Nintendo Direct broadcast focussing entirely on the upcoming Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies and Monster Hunter 4, both for the 3DS.
Updates on this amazing soon!
1st UPDATE: It’s happening at 8PM Japan time which is 9PM AEST, you can tune in here.
The date all Ace Attorney/Phoenix Wright fans have been waiting for has finally been revealed, possibly. The Western release for the 3DS game, Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, has been announced as…or you just watch the announcement trailer below.
As well as the trailer, Capcom have released some awesome artwork to go along with the game.
The following text has been taken from the press release for the game.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, previously announced for the West as Ace Attorney™ 5, sees the return of courtroom hero Phoenix Wright. Set eight years since his last appearance in the courts, the first case in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies sees the action start in a destroyed court room. It’s down to Phoenix Wright and his team at the Wright Anything Agency to discover the cause of the destruction. Players will have to battle it out in court against Gaspen Payne, the younger brother of Winston Payne from previous Ace Attorney™ titles, as they defend the accused.
The much loved gameplay and features from previous titles in the Ace Attorneyseries return but for the first time with stunning 3D graphics, bringing the courtroom and characters to life and putting players directly in the heart of the action. Players will need to investigate each crime scene with dynamic 3D visuals, making it possible to change views and zoom-in on areas to uncover any hidden evidence or clues. The drama continues in the court room as players present their evidence, challenge witnesses and begin to unravel the truth behind each of the cases in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies.
Joining Phoenix is the young Attorney Apollo Justice and new Associate Attorney Athena Cykes. Athena’s unique ability to psychoanalyse witnesses introduces a brand new element to proceedings. Using Athena’s ‘Mood Matrix’ players can detect the emotional state of a witness and tell whether they’re surprised, angry, happy or sad. Players can compare these feelings with the statement given by the witness, point out any contradictions between the two and challenge the witness testimony.
However there is a weird twist to the release which some fans may not like. The game will be a digital download release only, there will be no physical copy to buy at retail. Perhaps it’s best left to Christian Svensson, Capcom USA’s Senior Vice-President explains:
Sorry guys, but a physical release is not in the cards.
Historically it’s been tough to attract long term retail support for Ace Attorney titles. With the release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies we wanted as many people as possible to be able to enjoy the game for as long as possible. With that in mind we have opted for a digital only release via the Nintendo 3DS eShop.
I understand that this decision may upset fans who wanted to have a physical version of the title to add to their collection but we believe this direction is the best to take.
We will be confirming details on the price point in the not-so-distant future which I hope will also shed more light on the strategy at play here.
So it’s bitter sweet turn of events for some who wanted a real copy to add to their collection but what do you think of the official explanation for this decision?