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Capcom Shows Off Graphical Improvements In Ace Attorney 3DS Trilogy

Posted by Liam Doolan

You won't object to this

The Ace Attorney trilogy coming to Japanese 3DS owners next month appears to be shaping up nicely, with Capcom sharing images of how the 3DS version compares to the original GBA release and Nintendo DS follow-up.

The above image shows off Phoenix at his best in court – sprite art and all. From left to right is footage of the GBA, DS and latest 3DS trilogy, while below is an image contrasting the improvement in environment detail during the investigation segments of the game.

With a release of Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection yet to be announced outside of Japan, the only thing fans in the West can really do right now is enjoy these mouth-watering comparison images or argue their case as to why Capcom should release the Phoenix trilogy over here as soon as possible.

It's likely to be a positive outcome for all parties with confirmation of the trilogy collection featuring English language options – just like the original Japanese releases. At the very least, this means fans with a Japanese 3DS console will be able to import and play this collection right away.

Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection will be released in Japanese stores on April 17th for 3,990 yen. The cover art is drawn by Tatsurou Iwamoto who worked on the original titles, with a limited edition version of the game also being made available on release.


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Ernest_The_Crab said:

There seems to be a rather large jump in screen quality between the DS and 3DS screens but it appears they used the same animations for the GBA and DS versions of the game?



BlackStar9000 said:

As a former paralegal, I loved this series right of the bat, the ridiculousness combined with seriously tense moments is fantastic. I would get the trilogy if only as an excuse to get my family into it, if only I could hook my 3ds up to my tv....



MagicEmperor said:

BlackStar, you hit it out of the park. That's precisely why I fell in love with the series when I first played PW:AA back in 2005. ... Has it been that long?!



Yoshi said:

I've always wanted to play the Phoenix Wright games. If this releases in the US, I'll finally have a more affordable and convenient way to play them!



MeWario said:

Come on! Come to the west!!! This one series that I missed and would love to play!



mamp said:

I want this game like a drug addict wants another hit of whatever it is they're taking.



Mask0Gears said:

I really want this. The Ace Attorney games are gold... in fact, I just got two friends of mine hooked!



AshFoxX said:

I only ever played the first game, I would absolutely support a western release if it happens. This is an awesome value.



RennanNT said:

Bought for iPad a couple months ago. If only they refined gameplay like they did with DD, would be day one for me.. But they probably won't and I'm getting when it goes on sales or not getting at all.



JadedGamer said:

I was going to start searching out old ds releases. I'll just wait for thisand work on finishing the professor Layton series



MAN1AC said:

I just beat the 1st game of the series and I don't know whether to buy Justice for All or wait/hope for this to be localized It will most likely be eShop only if it does come over here, but still...



SomeBitTripFan said:

I've only played Investigations, but love the series just off of that game and I understand it's considered one of the weaker installments. Bring this game to the West Physically!



Knuckles said:

Not to be that guy, but could someone post a picture from the iOS ports? Aren't those at least 720p?

@KnightRider666 I completly agree with your objection.



haniwa said:

The iOS "HD" versions looked really bad, let's hope they're actually fixing it properly here.



ChessboardMan said:

@Knuckles as far as I can tell, it looks like the same art from the iOS version.
Which was hit and miss to be honest. There were several times I found characters looking crossed eyed, and since this was easiest to notice on Oldbag, I wasn't sure if it was intentional or not.
The "Quality" of the art was greatly improved for most part, just sometimes "added detail" looked ugly, or the redrawn sprites seemed to be poorly drawn.
The biggest problem though, was the final case of game one, the one that was added for the original DS collection. It also included gameplay specially designed for the DS, but the case is just entirely broken on iOS, and I was forced to skip one part (writing a name in blood on a vase), as it just would not work. Maybe that case will be fixed on the return to its native platform, but I'm not going to hold my breath. The way I see it, we'll be lucky if they reimplement the mic support.
I don't mean for shouting Objection (Though I can see it being left out, since they left it out on iOS, despite the fact most iOS devices have built in mics), but that case I mentioned originally used the mic for blowing away excess finger print dust. Not only was not supported on iOS, but what you had to do in place of no blowing, wasn't explained.



DerpSandwich said:

Man, I can't wait until we get a Nintendo handheld with a somewhat decent resolution. I would pay a lot extra for an HDS.



Morpheel said:

@Ernest_The_Crab the DS games used the GBA graphics, almost untouched.

They just look smaller and better because the DS has a bigger resolution than the GBA.



IRNBRU115 said:

Looks like the hd ones on iPad... Which I'm plying through then I'll get on to DD



Jorzha said:

I personally like the ds version better on the character sprites, but the backgrounds looks much clearer than on ds at least =P



sillygostly said:

@BlackStar9000 You have two options for playing Phoenix Wright on your TV… (this only applies to the first three games)

  • Buy them via the Wii Shop Channel for the Wii or Wii U
  • Buy the trilogy for your iOS device (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) and stream the game to your TV via Apple TV


alLabouTandroiD said:

Not bad. The 3D effect probably wouldn't be as good with the older graphics. Which is the real selling point to me.
I like the Japanese boxart more than that of the western ones for the second and third game too.
So a boxed version in Europe for 30 €? Definite buy! I wouldn't mind it being in English only, it doesn't really have to be in other European languages for me.

Hopefully that'd sell good enough to warrant a second collection containing Apollo Justice, Investigations and the first ever western version of Investigations 2. I'd even get that as a digital only release.



Einherjar said:

@KnightRider666 Im not so sure at all. Its Capcom that were talking about after all. Look at what a hassle it was to get them to release PW5 over here, or MH4 for that instance.
To get Capcom to localise a game, you basicly need to set up a secret altar and make a newborn sacrifice to SLIGHTLY increase your chances (at least for games not containing the words Street and Fighter...)



ToneDeath said:

I wonder if Capcom kept all the original assets from Resident Evil on the Gamecube, and whether they could re-render the backgrounds for a HD version.



Kisame83 said:

Just looking at the iPad version, and I think they're probably just using the assets from that. Not a bad idea to back-port this onto the successor of the system that made the series famous. I doubt I'll be double dipping (triple, really) though.



SilentHunter382 said:

Can wait for a pal release. I have only played the first one and never bothered with the rest. With this it may get me into the series and get the rest of the games.



Prof_Clayton said:

I'd get this just to have them all in one place, and to not have to track down the second game used!
Plus the updated graphics would be great.



May_Nyan said:

Even though I own the trilogy on DS, I would rebuy for the graphical improvements V_V



edcomics said:

It appears they've recreated the artwork entirely... at least the character image from the comparison shot.



ChessboardMan said:

@edcomics I'm fairly sure it's the Artwork they did for the HD version on iOS, rather than new art recreated just for the 3DS.
That was pretty much entirely redrawn, but sometimes the new art was a little hit and miss, with some sprites re-drawn oddly/terribly/ just a little off.
I'd be surprised if they fix any of the sprites they ended up making terrible though.



Starwolf_UK said:

@Ernest_The_Crab The background in the courtrooms improved a lot (16 colour palette only allows for so much detail). The music did too.

I hope they fix the iOS HD version bugs too. For the second and third games they use the GBA music instead of the DS versions. This means Pearl is missing her character theme and all the other music sounds worse. The first game has the DS soundtrack. Probably as the existed iOS version used that.

As for the frames of animation missing in the HD release. I feel those are going to stay. The HD animations were based off the original artworks and maybe the missing frames were spritework and so too hard to recreate (as there is no artwork, only low resolution sprites and any imperfections stand out more at higher resolution). Maybe the HD art being downsamped and put on the 3DS screen will make it harder to tell the existing problems



DarkEdi said:

I hope this games come soon to America because i don´t know if download the wiiware versions or to wait for this.



Justaguest said:

I am so glad they made this. I am unfortunately one among those who missed every ds aa game



BulbasaurusRex said:

@sillygostly Technically, there is a third option to play the games on your TV, but it's pretty ridiculous, as you'd have to import a Japanese GameCube, Japanese GameBoy Player, and the original GBA releases.

The artwork looks much better now. I'm holding out on getting the 2nd and 3rd games in case this collection comes west.



drgfl said:

I liked it in 32-bit version, but this new one looks even better! I'm glad they didn't change it to 3D or anything.

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