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Phoenix Wright Series Coming To WiiWare

Posted by Damien McFerran

Courtroom drama will adopt an episodic format

The latest issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu has confirmed that Capcom's cult legal video gaming series Phoenix Wright is coming to Nintendo's WiiWare service, with the first instalment hitting the Japanese Wii Store next month.

The series, which is known in Japan as "Gyakuten Saiban", has previously been released on the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS, and has spawned spin-off titles as well as a Japanese live-action musical production.

According to Famitsu, the series will be split into chunks and released as follows:

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Episodes 1~4)
900 Wii Points

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice For All
1,200 Wii Points

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials & Tribulations
1,200 Wii Points

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Episode 5)
300 Wii Points

We'll have full reviews of all these titles as soon as they hit the Western WiiWare service.


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User Comments (46)



V8_Ninja said:

Pure...AWESOME!!! I'm not into PW games, but I might have to give the series a shot if these games become the pure awesome that I've predicted.



James said:

No OBJECTIONs here! I love Phoenix Wright and playing them all on my lovely new telly makes me very excited indeed.



Aviator said:

I knew this was coming. It seems perfect for WiiWare. Really excited for this.

If you don't know this don't answer, but are the separate parts the same as the DS ones?



theblackdragon said:

@Aviator: they're all titled the same as the DS releases, and 'episode 5' sounds like the extra episode that was released in PW:AA, 'Rise from the Ashes'. I'd assume they're the same games, to be honest.




I don't own my two PW DS games anymore so I'll happily download these babies! Yes!

I would've prefered these DLs as dsiware, though it will be v.interesting to see how it turns out on the Wii!



Aviator said:

Oh well. I would still buy them anyways. No matter how many times I play it i still forget what to do most of the time.



Damo said:

It looks like these might be ports of the PC versions released in Japan.



killer6370 said:

Its comming to europe too, i just saw it was rated by USK=German version of PEGI so theres a chance we get it



Sneaker13 said:

Too bad that it are ports from the earlier games. I think that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Episode 5) is just the last DS specific case in the first game. Probably with new Wii specific things. But I probably still get them. Phoenix Wright is Awesome (yes, with a capital A).



MrPinguy said:

After i played Zack&Wiki, i was convinced that Point & Clicks is a great kind of game to play on Wii.
And i LOVE Ace Attorney, i will buy ALL of them ^^ yay. (Even i already beat all of these cases)



Terra said:

Nice. Haven't got the DS Versions yet so this'll be great.

I'm confused by the pricing though and how these games are being split up exactly.



MrPinguy said:

As you may know, the Phoenix Wright arc. of the AA series was originally released on GBA, the DS version that we get were ports.
It seems that the 2º game and 3º are in full by 1,200 in japan
The first one in the GBA have 4 cases, while on the DS it had an extra new case. For the looks of it you buy the 4 original cases of the 1º game by 900 in japan, and the extra DS episode by 300, so if you want to have the 5 cases of the 1º game, it's the same price as the others, 1,200.



Stuffgamer1 said:

Darn, by the headline, I thought this was NEW games! Ports of games I already have? Not too useful to me. On the other hand, these games are stupid rare on DS, so an alternate way to play them can only be a good thing, especially one that won't be limited by low production runs. It seems odd this is on WiiWare and not DSiWare, but whatever. These really are awesome games any way about it, and I fully endorse downloading these for those who haven't played them!



Digiki said:

New stuff would've been cool, but this is great too as I lack the first two

(I'd rather play them on my DS, but playing them period will be great)



killer6370 said:

It will be an instant purchase for me couse the games are a lot cheaper on wiiware PW 2 costs 22 euros and on wiiware only 12 euros



MasterGraveheart said:

Hmmm... if they update the visuals, this is a definate download for me. If they stretch the spries, then, sadly, pass... I say that and I'll still download. @.@



Yasume said:

Crap, I was hoping for new PW games! I don't know if I'm going to buy them since I already own all of them.



Xkhaoz said:

Well, I've never played a PW game, so this'll probably be the one. And my brother could use these, too. (He's becoming a lawyer)



JayArr said:

"All you foolish fools who have foolishly not played these yet better download all of them.".



Objection said:

Exciting news, as I'm all for more people being exposed to one of my favorite gaming series. Those are pretty good price points, given how many hours of content are involved.



AUnkownFuture said:

I remember the first PW game.It was really enjoyable and i loved im gonna wait for the first PW game to come to wiiware.At least i got plenty of points to download the game.



Ren said:

this is nice news, something I had always been hoping for but actually a little dissapointing, too since I was hoping for new episodes. I guess going back to the first few would feel pretty refreshing, though, since it's been a while. Be nice if there were some new animations and widescreen support/ etc.



naut said:

Nice! I had thought about this exact concept when WiiWare first launced.



theblackdragon said:

@OB: I hear you; those Wii Point prices are less than half of these games' original retail price, too. You can't trade them in or resell them afterward, of course, but it's still a great deal for how long you'll spend playing them, and hopefully it'll spark new interest among people who haven't played any of the AA games yet.

I'll probably pick this up even though I've already got the entire series (so far) for DSi. it'll be interesting to see it on such a big screen... hopefully they'll update the graphics and music, too. I don't see why they wouldn't, anyway... :3



Starwolf_UK said:

I'm tempted to double dip if the graphics are better. I'm told these new PC versions have graphics at better resolution/palette.



Omenapoika said:

WOW. I got so hyped, but they're the same games... But they're too goddamn awesome, the one's who haven't yet delved into the world of Objection!s and Take that!s should definetly do it now!
In my oppinion, the second best game series ever made, the crown jewel of king Capcom.



Awesome5 said:

Sounds great! I haven't gotten into this series yet (no DS), but this looks like a good place to start.



Linkuini said:

Even a few good voiceovers would make this worth retreading. If you don't have a microphone, how will you raise objections? "Throwing" evidence at the judge with the Wii remote would be a fun way...



Popyman said:

Awesome! I've only played a demo of the series and never got any of them. Can't wait! And pretty weird prices, but smart.



Grim_Heaper94 said:

I still don't own Trials & Tribulations. I guess I'll be getting it when it's released on WiiWare.



CanisWolfred said:

I'll probably just get the first game and leave it at that. I highly doubt I'll like it, I just want to play it because it's a Capcom series.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Xkhaoz: These are awesome games, but COMPLETELY useless as a guide to law as they don't work on any real-world legal system I'VE ever heard of (definitely not're presumed Guilty unless proven innocent)!

@LegendofPasta99: What do you mean, how will you raise objections? Seeing as the series originated on GBA, and the DS versions had the option to just press a button to do the same thing, I'd have to say shouting into the microphone is NOT necessary (or desirable, IMO).

Hmm...the graphics look just like the DS version in every screenshot on Capcom Unity except the one showing a little Wiimote tutorial. I don't know if that means most of the game is still low-res, or they just put up a bunch of old screens with ONE new one. I think I'll most likely stick with my DS copies either way, though.



Ren said:

The skeptics out there really ought to give these a shot. They're way more fun than they look. I was a skeptic until I tried the first one and couldn't stop. They're really brilliant, funny, and well written.



Ren said:

The skeptics out there really ought to give these a shot. They're way more fun than they look. I was a skeptic until I tried the first one and couldn't stop. They're really brilliant, funny, and well written.



Dawnclaude said:

The story writer is one of the best in the whole game business. I wish he would give an interview. This series has such a big quality. Too bad I played all.



Aardvark_Soup said:

Awesome! The reason I didn't buy the DS games because the games were said to be relatively short and I found €40,- per game a bit too expensive. But now I will finally be able to play the series.

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