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Ace Attorney Trilogy graphics compared ⊟

On the left, the DS version. On the right, the 3DS version. Looks nice!

The text seems quite readable, though I think that new, anti-aliased font is going to make it harder for me to painstakingly assemble authentic-looking screenshots.

Can you believe I had time to do that once???? I don’t even recognize the person who made that.

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Great Ace Attorney trailer ⊟

Dying over here. The detective-work stuff! The art and animation look positively Ghost Trick-y. Sherlock Holmes in particular would fit right in. Here’s a rough English transcript for the video.

So that’s Tokyo Game Show, already worthwhile on the morning of day 1.

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More Sherlock scans, info for Great Ace Attorney ⊟

You can click the images to see larger versions of these Famitsu scans. According to Court Records, The Great Ace Attorney (or Dai Gyakuten Saiban) will mostly take place in London, though the first case is set in Japan.

The game follows college student Ryuunosuke on his path to becoming a formal attorney. He meets Holmes after transferring to England to study law. More details at Court Records:

"Court and investigation proceed in mostly the same way, but during investigations Ryuunosuke and Holmes will use “joint reasoning” - a system where, as Ryuunosuke, you must point out any inconsistencies in Holmes’ rapid-fire reasoning. (The example shown is Holmes accusing a witness of being a certain revolutionary.)"

The game sounds afoot, y’all.

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Review: Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney ⊟
Professor Layton and Ace Attorney games take place in the same universe now. As soon as I started playing Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney, I started pondering the implications of this crossover, and my delight in that fact continued throughout the whole game. 
Here’s what it means: there is a version of Earth much like ours, except… England is a collection of old-timey, cobblestone-laden villages where swordfights are common, people look like Tintin characters by way of Muppets, and absolutely everyone is obsessed with puzzles.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, the USA is Japan, kind of, but also kind of not – a land of yokai villages, mystics, and ramen carts, all rendered in oversaturated color; it’s a land where everyone is shocked at every piece of new information, and everyone screams at all times. There is one judge.

The merging of these two universes into one is not really explored in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright – what do those people look like to each other? Does Phoenix Wright notice that Layton’s head is a cylinder? However, I was delighted to find a great deal of meaningful interaction between the characters, as they pair up, split up, and reform in teams to solve an overarching mystery.
The story is distinctly Laytonesque in tone: the Professor and his apprentice Luke find themselves in a quaint town with a huge, and seemingly supernatural, mystery: witches exist and can cast spells, and everyone’s lives are dictated by a Story written by an enigmatic figure who lives in a creepy tower. As always, Layton’s strategy for unraveling the mystery involves solving a bunch of logic puzzles, which works… somehow.

At the same time, Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey are drawn into the town, where they set to work defending alleged witches in court. In a way, this takes Wright out of its comfort zone – talking about magic spells is important testimony, and sketches replace crime scene photos – but it’s not too far afield for him either, as he’s in a legal system where prosecutors are rock stars and defense attorneys are a joke.
While the gameplay remains almost entirely segregated between courtroom chapters and investigation/puzzle chapters, the characters cross-pollinate in fascinating, fan-pleasing ways. Maya Fey solves puzzles with Luke – and yes, there’s a pointing animation when she solves one. Everybody crowds next to Phoenix in court. Professor Layton and Phoenix point dramatically at contradictions, in unison. Layton even gets his own courtroom exclamations (“Have a look!”) Slowly, the gameplay styles begin to coalesce just a bit; a puzzle in a courtroom battle, for example. But only a bit.
The crossing-over is made all the more pleasant by the fact that, right from the beginning, the characters like each other. Perhaps it’s due to the genteel nature of the Layton characters. I expected a game with “vs.” in the title to be full of unnecessary conflict between heroes, but they trust one another and recognize each other’s talents. This allows the story to get on with its business without a bunch of agonizing getting-to-know-you between people we already know.
While, narratively, the game is in the Layton camp (but darker! Pretty dang dark!), I think the most interesting innovations to the mechanics are found in the Ace Attorney segments. Rather than interview each witness one at a time, you’re presented with a whole group of them at once, which both speeds up the trial process and allows you to watch each witness’s reaction to the others’ statements! The witnesses tend to come from the Layton crowd of muppety weirdos, too, and watching them flip out on the witness stand is a treat. You can also use Hint Coins gathered from the map to help narrow down your choices and guide you to statements you should press. Though the cases are on the easier side, there were still times when I wasn’t sure exactly when the game expected me to present what I knew I had to, and the hints drove me along.
I can hardly think of two franchises that would work as well in combination as these two. Both series feel like reading a good book… with a series of logic puzzles throughout. 
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Review: Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney ⊟

Professor Layton and Ace Attorney games take place in the same universe now. As soon as I started playing Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney, I started pondering the implications of this crossover, and my delight in that fact continued throughout the whole game. 

Here’s what it means: there is a version of Earth much like ours, except… England is a collection of old-timey, cobblestone-laden villages where swordfights are common, people look like Tintin characters by way of Muppets, and absolutely everyone is obsessed with puzzles.

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, the USA is Japan, kind of, but also kind of not – a land of yokai villages, mystics, and ramen carts, all rendered in oversaturated color; it’s a land where everyone is shocked at every piece of new information, and everyone screams at all times. There is one judge.

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Here’s Sherlock Holmes in the Great Ace Attorney ⊟

The little girl is Capcom’s version of Watson, a pink-haired 8 year old. Don’t underestimate her, though — Iris Watson is a genius with a medical Ph.D., and the author of novel series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

The 3DS game is set to release in Japan next spring. Thanks to Kotaku for posting these scans and details from the latest issue of Famitsu.

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Sherlock Holmes [may be] in the Great Ace Attorney ⊟
[Update: I should point out, of course, that we’re not 100% sure the Famitsu leak is accurate; we’ll find out when we see scans or when Capcom announces this on the 11th. The silhouette above is official but the characters are still unnamed.]
With a version of Watson, called Iris, who is a) eight years old and b) still a doctor. You keep doing you, Ace Attorney. The news comes from a Famitsu leak (thx Gematsu) and teased by silhouettes on the official website.
I’m just coming off Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, and I’m definitely jazzed about an 1800s version of English Detective and Clueless Lawyer. Although by definition Sherlock Holmes isn’t as much of a gentleman as the Professor. A new “Joint Reasoning” system allows players to decode mysteries by identifying when Holmes goes too far in his reasoning (something like “to the other side of the truth”).
The downside of this is that Tumblr’s going to learn there is more than one interpretation of Sherlock Holmes.
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Sherlock Holmes [may be] in the Great Ace Attorney ⊟

[Update: I should point out, of course, that we’re not 100% sure the Famitsu leak is accurate; we’ll find out when we see scans or when Capcom announces this on the 11th. The silhouette above is official but the characters are still unnamed.]

With a version of Watson, called Iris, who is a) eight years old and b) still a doctor. You keep doing you, Ace Attorney. The news comes from a Famitsu leak (thx Gematsu) and teased by silhouettes on the official website.

I’m just coming off Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, and I’m definitely jazzed about an 1800s version of English Detective and Clueless Lawyer. Although by definition Sherlock Holmes isn’t as much of a gentleman as the Professor. A new “Joint Reasoning” system allows players to decode mysteries by identifying when Holmes goes too far in his reasoning (something like “to the other side of the truth”).

The downside of this is that Tumblr’s going to learn there is more than one interpretation of Sherlock Holmes.

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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright out next week ⊟
August 29, to be exact! The U.S. launch comes only 22 months after the Japanese release, and five months after its European/Australian debut. It’ll come out to the eShop and retail stores — preorder it for $30 here. Art via iwo.
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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright out next week ⊟

August 29, to be exact! The U.S. launch comes only 22 months after the Japanese release, and five months after its European/Australian debut. It’ll come out to the eShop and retail stores — preorder it for $30 here. Art via iwo.

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Capcom “touching up” localization of Ace Attorney Trilogy ⊟
You got me, Capcom. I will happily buy the Ace Attorney games again. I wasn’t particularly interested in the 3DS ports, but Capcom’s localization team (led by localization director Janet Hsu, who posted this info on Capcom-Unity) went back through and fixed up the text. Hsu outlined some changes:

"We have re-mastered the sound effects and background music, and yes, we’ve even proof-read the text again! Rejoice, for the miracle did happen! Finally! …Not that that’s something I should be saying too loudly… *hangs head in shame* 
All joking aside, the translation has received a much needed touch-up job, including some re-translations that I hope will help the dialogue flow more naturally, and tweaks that should make some of the more difficult cross-examinations easier to solve using, dare I say… LOGIC *gasp!*”

But if you want to avoid the localization entirely, you can do that. The 3DS release has the full Japanese text as well! How awesome! Ready to learn hella puns and legal vocabulary in Japanese? I’m not, but I’m damn sure gonna try!
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Capcom “touching up” localization of Ace Attorney Trilogy ⊟

You got me, Capcom. I will happily buy the Ace Attorney games again. I wasn’t particularly interested in the 3DS ports, but Capcom’s localization team (led by localization director Janet Hsu, who posted this info on Capcom-Unity) went back through and fixed up the text. Hsu outlined some changes:

"We have re-mastered the sound effects and background music, and yes, we’ve even proof-read the text again! Rejoice, for the miracle did happen! Finally! …Not that that’s something I should be saying too loudly… *hangs head in shame* 

All joking aside, the translation has received a much needed touch-up job, including some re-translations that I hope will help the dialogue flow more naturally, and tweaks that should make some of the more difficult cross-examinations easier to solve using, dare I say… LOGIC *gasp!*”

But if you want to avoid the localization entirely, you can do that. The 3DS release has the full Japanese text as well! How awesome! Ready to learn hella puns and legal vocabulary in Japanese? I’m not, but I’m damn sure gonna try!

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Ace Attorney Dual Destinies coming to iOS in North America/EU ⊟

It just came out as a surprise release in Japan, but don’t worry: the iOS port of Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies is coming “soon” to North American and European territories.

Though it’s not my favorite Ace Attorney game, it is still an Ace Attorney game, and therefore probably worth playing. And the 3D art looks really nice on iOS!

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Layton, Ace Attorney artbooks coming from Udon ⊟

Yayyy, Udon Entertainment will be publishing English versions of the Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies artbook and the Professor Layton handbook, which, by the way, had better have a puzzle on every other page or somebody done goofed.

Also the artbook for Gungnir, one of Sting’s Dept. Heaven strategy games? How intriguingly random. I am down with a reality in which a company can survive translating and printing artbooks for Gungnir in America.

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Ace Attorney Investigations 2 beta translation patch released ⊟
What a great month it’s been for DS games and fan translations! You can grab the beta patch for this 2011 sequel to the Miles Edgeworth spin-off at GBAtemp. Naturally, you’ll need a digital copy of the game, one we hope you procured in a somewhat legal manner with a purchased copy (you can buy the import game here).
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Ace Attorney Investigations 2 beta translation patch released ⊟

What a great month it’s been for DS games and fan translations! You can grab the beta patch for this 2011 sequel to the Miles Edgeworth spin-off at GBAtemp. Naturally, you’ll need a digital copy of the game, one we hope you procured in a somewhat legal manner with a purchased copy (you can buy the import game here).

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eShop-only Ace Attorney Trilogy coming to the West ⊟

Capcom just announced that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, which collects the adventure game’s first three releases for the 3DS, will release in the West this Winter.

Like Dual Destinies, this will be a digital-only affair, which we should all be able to agree is significantly better than a Japan-only affair. The game will feature both English and Japanese language options. Look for this and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate to pop up at E3.

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