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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Nintendo DS

by Capcom
Nintendo DS
Teen
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews) 81 / 100

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  • Five cases to take on and win, to reveal dramatic, stunning, and even comical court proceedings
  • Use both screens to investigate crime scenes, question witnesses and present shocking evidence
  • Present findings from the investigation, listen to testimonies, examine witnesses, and determine the truth to prove your client's innocence

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000B69E96
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 1, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Not everyone is innocent until proven guilty! Players star as a defense attorney, who must prove his seemingly guilty client's innocence no matter how dire the circumstances may seem. The game presents twisting storylines and intriguing gameplay in a comical anime style. Players must collect evidence, weed through inconsistent testimonies, and overcome corrupt agendas to ensure that justice prevails.

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277 of 287 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phoenix aces it. October 12, 2005
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Once in a while, a Japanese game gets translated, takes the scene by storm, and makes people wonder why it didn't happen earlier. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney has the potential to become such a game. Originally released only in Japan, "Gyakuten Saiban" (loosely translated as "reversal judgment") is a popular legal simulation game for the GBA that gives you a chance to become a defense attorney. The series has already spanned three instalments, with one more being slated for release for the Nintendo DS next year. Before that happens, however, Capcom released "Gyakuten Saiban: Yomigaeru Gyakuten" in September to pave the title's transition from the GBA to the DS. The game included a fully translated English version, which is eventually released in the US as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (PWAA) recently.

So, what really is PWAA? Well, it's basically a point-and-click adventure game that is set in a legal background. As rookie lawyer Phoenix Wright, you'll take on five cases in this game, which includes four from the first Gyakuten Saiban game, as well as a brand new case that was created with the features of the DS In mind.

The game takes place primarily in two platforms - investigation and court proceedings. In the earlier scenario, you go from place to place, talking to people and examining crime scenes to gather evidence that may be important in proving your client's innocence. Although the investigation process could be tedious at times, it's never dull since the game throws up so many colourful characters and stereotypes to keep you busy with. Also, despite a large number of items to examine in the various locales pertaining to a certain case, the game is rather helpful as it automatically includes all evidence that will somehow have some bearings on the case.
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102 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who could object to this?! October 28, 2005
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
There is a wonderful review of Phoenix Wright already up on Amazon, so I don't feel the need to go so in-depth with my explanation. I just want to cover some things I think about this amazing game, and give you a second opinion of sorts.

American's don't seem to normally fare well with text-based games. There's just something about having to sit and read and select choices that has the average american teenager running for the hills.

As such, I was amazed when I heard this game was coming to the States. There are dozens (if not hundreds) of this genre in Japan, but the US hasn't seen many of them. Yet, with the oddities of the DS and the growing interest in obscure Japan-only games among a certain cross-section of the gaming demographic (see Katamari Damashii, Wario Ware, Feel the Magic, or even such things as DDR or Para Para Paradise [okay, that last one not so much, but I'm a big fan]), publishers seem willing to take the risk a bit more than they would.

And so we have a slew of strange text-based games. There's Sprung that came on release (a very, very simple point and click text game, but actually it hardly counts, seeing as it's from a Canadian developer), and then the puzzle/text adventure Trace Memory (which I enjoyed, too), and now Phoenix Wright. While the others were fun, Phoenix blows them out of the water with one thing: style.

I'm not just talking about the anime-inspired art. No, I'm talking of the energy of the scenes and the stories, the various characters and charicatures you meet through wonderful dialogue, the forcefulness of the flow of the courtroom scenes, and just the overall feeling of giddiness underneath the suits of Phoenix and Edgeworth.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No objection needed for this game! May 22, 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Just to add my 2 cents to an already glowingly-reviewed title, a couple more clues as to how well-received this game was:

1. After selling through the initial stock, Capcom stopped shipping copies of the game. An uproar from the gaming community ensued and existing copies started selling for 2-3 times the SRP in online auctions before Capcom announced that they will ship more copies.

2. At E3 there was a trailer revealed for a Phoenix Wright sequel on the DS, which is the sequel to the original game in Japan but will be titled in the USA as "Justice For All".

If you are up for unconventionally written games with quirky charm, this is a fun title to sit back, relax and laugh with.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anime law and order meets adventure/puzzler April 20, 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The hilarity, adventure, wit and fun of this game is nothing shy of stupendous (amazing great, marvelous). It has a certain nostaglia to it with a new twist on the adventure/puzzle genre.

Think of all the games that consumed our time back in the day such as King's quest, Police Quest, and Leisure Suit Larry and put it to the tune of trials, evidence and investigation with hints of an RPG, text adventure and anime and you'll land on Phoenix Wright.

It's concept does seem retro but it really is like nothing you have played before. The star of this show is Phoenix Wright, a lawyer who is new to the scene and must prove is worth with the Fey & Co law offices.

As his first case, you must take on a murder case as the defendant's lawyer. In court, you will have prove to the court that the defendant is 'not quilty' by cross-examining witness testimonies. Your object is to find faults and contradictions in their testimony by referencing evidence and prior statements. You can 'press' them on everything they say to make them open up more about their testimony or to get them to confess more information.

The game doesn't stop there though, after winning your first case you will go on to also investigate the crime scenes, talk to witnesses and find your own evidence for your next case. Think law and order but you will be handling both sides of the coin. Sure, there is a detective but he is a bit slow witted and quick to come to mis-conclusions.

That is where you come in, to further investigate all the missing gaps that the detective doesn't fill, to use finding in the investigation to prove your defendant innocent later in court and to provide the court clarity as to what actually happened.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take That!
Not much to be said. It's an awesome game
Published 3 days ago by Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Charming!
Phoenix Wright - Ace Attorney is a great game. As a legal, mystery buff, this game appealed to me very much. Another major bonus is that it's anime (which I love). Read more
Published 7 days ago by Madison
4.0 out of 5 stars It's like 'L.A. Noire' for kids but with lawyer-stuff thrown in. Buy...
There are places where the writing is childish, even bad, but the characters are so charming and the gameplay so addictive that I have to recommend it. Read more
Published 8 days ago by JC
4.0 out of 5 stars For mystery lovers, problem solvers, and detective role players, Worth...
I only gave it 4 stars because I finish video games too fast, in one day! I wish there had being more. Overall it is an amazing detective/investigation video game. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Olga Lydia Medina
4.0 out of 5 stars The game is interesting but the characters are so annoying. Phoenix...
The game is interesting but the characters are so annoying. Phoenix Wright isn't bad. Mia is fine. Maya is so-so. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Margaret Swan
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome game, my only complaint is that I wish it was longer!
Honestly, this games is a decent length. There are 5 cases to solve and after the first one (which is the shortest) they get longer and there are more things you can do. Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. Burbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun game
I picked this up as a fun game to play on my 3DS. It has some interesting story lines and enjoyable characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by RobertK
4.0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong with Wright
The Ace Attorney series of games are great. Great Characters, great gameplay. Some folks might think it's a little too easy and claim it's just a visual novel. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chihiro
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, little gameplay
The Good: Great story and characters, using evidence in court can be fun

The Bad: Too frustrating and aimless, not much gameplay, way too much talking

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Published 3 months ago by Richard Baker
1.0 out of 5 stars Not really a game.
I bought this game last night and started playing it today. Wait.... I didn't play anything. For the first 25 minutes all I did was read and click for the next dialog. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Wanda Goodfellow
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