Ace Attorney, known in Japan as Gyakuten Saiban (逆転裁判, Gyakuten Saiban? lit. "Turnabout Trial"), is a series of adventure/visual novel games created by Shu Takumi and published by Capcom in which players assume the role of a defense attorney in a fictional courtroom setting, which is based on the Japanese legal system, to strive to find their clients "not guilty" using investigation, evidence, and cross-examination to prove their case.
The first three games in the series, originally released only in Japan and in Japanese between 2001 and 2004 for the Game Boy Advance platform, have been ported to the Nintendo DS as well as localized into English and other languages. The series has been developed for the DS from the ground up starting in the fourth game. The DS remakes and games in the series take advantage of the DS features, including the microphone and touchscreen.
The fifth game, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, was released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013, the game stars Phoenix Wright who is once again the protagonist.
The first three games began arriving on Wii systems via downloadable WiiWare starting in January 2010 beginning with the original game, followed by the March release of Justice For All and finally Trials and Tribulations in May 2010.
On December 27, 2013, Capcom announced that the Investigations/Dual Destinies team, including director Takeshi Yamazaki, was working "full force" on the next Ace Attorney game, but did not mention if it would be a main series title, a third Investigations game, or a new spin-off. It was also revealed that Shu Takumi was working on a new game that would be announced in 2014, but at the time they did not reveal whether it was related to Ace Attorney or not. On February 13, 2014, Nintendo announced during a Japanese edition of Nintendo Direct that Takumi's game is a "totally different", new entry in the Ace Attorney series for the Nintendo 3DS.
In April 2014, the game was revealed to be Dai Gyakuten Saiban - Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken (大逆転裁判 ‐成歩堂龍ノ介の冒険‐?, lit. Great Turnabout Trial - The Adventure of Ryunosuke Naruhodo), which will take place in the Meiji period (1868 to 1912) and focus on Ryūnosuke Naruhodō, one of Phoenix's ancestors, who is stated to have "a keen sense of justice and quick to put himself in danger". The game's producer, Shintaro Kojima, stated that this game is the start of a new series entitled The Great Ace Attorney, separate from the main Ace Attorney games, and will be "quite different" from the previous Ace Attorney titles.
The art director for the series is Tatsuro Iwamoto, with Kazuya Nuri and Kumiko Suekane (Viewtiful Joe) doing other illustrations.
Games in the series Edit
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - (2001)
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice For All - (2002)
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations - (2004)
- Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney - (2007)
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies - (2013)
- Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth - (2009)
- Gyakuten Kenji 2 - (2011 - Japan)
- Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - (2012 - Japan)
- Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken - (TBA)