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Ace Attorney, known in Japan as Gyakuten Saiban (逆転裁判, Gyakuten Saiban? lit. "Turnabout Trial"), is a series of visual novel legal-themed thriller adventure video games, created by Shu Takumi and developed and published by Capcom in which players assume the role of a defense attorney in a fictional courtroom setting, which is loosely based on the real-life Japanese legal system, to strive to find their clients "not guilty" using investigation, evidence, and cross-examination to prove their case. The series primarily focuses on the main protagonist Phoenix Wright (Ryūichi Naruhodō in Japan), a passionate lawyer who seeks out the truth and defends his clients to the end, with later games sometimes featuring other protagonists.
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Art by Kazuya Nuri.


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 first three games feature and are sometimes referred to by the eponymous main protagonist, Phoenix Wright. The fourth game introduces a new protagonist, Apollo Justice, who takes over for Wright.

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. A sixth entry in the main series, titled Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice was released in June 9th in Japan and in September overseas in 2016.

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.

The art director for the series is Tatsuro Iwamoto, with Kazuya Nuri and Kumiko Suekane doing other illustrations.

The series has also been adapted into other media, such as manga, stage plays, musicals, pachinkos, a live-action film adaptation released in 2012 and a novel. The series have also its own Joypolis amusement parks and an anime series based on the franchise premiered in April 2016.

Games in the series Edit

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  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy - (2014) - A game compilation for the Nintendo 3DS consisting of the first three games in the series. The compilation includes the updated graphics from the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD compilation for mobile devices, as well as stereoscopic 3D support.

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See alsoEdit

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External Links Edit

  • Court Records - a well-known Ace Attorney series fansite.
  • Gyakuten Saiban Library - a fan blog that provides translations of interviews, essays and other materials concerning the development of the series. Updates irregularly.

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