Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (逆転裁判 蘇る逆転, Gyakuten Saiban: Yomigaeru Gyakuten, lit. "Turnabout Trial: Revived Turnabout") is visual novel adventure game and the debut title of the Ace Attorney series of games. It was first released for the Game Boy Advance in 2001 with the title Gyakuten Saiban (逆転裁判, lit. "Turnabout Trial"). It was then remade for a 2005 worldwide release on the Nintendo DS with touchscreen and microphone support, as well as a new episode utilizing the DS's exclusive features that would be used in later games of the series. The Game Boy Advance version was ported to Microsoft Windows in 2005 and to Wii via WiiWare in 2009, with a separate release for Episode 5 via WiiWare in 2010. A mobile game with similar name to the English version was released in 2009, but to date it only has Episode 1. The game was also ported to iOS: Episodes 1-2 in Japan in 2009; the whole game in North America in 2010. The game was released for Nintendo 3DS in 2014 as part of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy compilation.

Nintendo DS game cover

The player controls Phoenix Wright, a rookie attorney who takes on different cases in order to find his clients "Not Guilty" by proving their innocence. To do that, he investigates crime scenes, speaks to people involved in the case, and cross-examines witnesses.

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Thankfully you don't require any prior legal knowledge to play Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. The game makes up its own rules regarding the justice system. Your defendants are Guilty until you can prove otherwise, your cases can't last longer than three days and if you annoy the judge too much by presenting the wrong evidence in a cross examination, he'll find your clients guilty, resulting in a "Game Over", so be sure to save often.

Before starting, it's recommended that you read the Gameplay, Controls, and even the Characters pages.