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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright now $30 ⊟
Cool, a price war on this unreleased product! Both Best Buy and Amazon have dropped Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney to $29.99, in advance of its August 26 release. That’s $10 off the list price for this game that, I’ll note once again, is not out yet.
If you already ordered it from Amazon at the exorbitant, wildly inflated price of $32, the pre-order price guarantee has you covered! Image by Maki.
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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright now $30 ⊟

Cool, a price war on this unreleased product! Both Best Buy and Amazon have dropped Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney to $29.99, in advance of its August 26 release. That’s $10 off the list price for this game that, I’ll note once again, is not out yet.

If you already ordered it from Amazon at the exorbitant, wildly inflated price of $32, the pre-order price guarantee has you covered! Image by Maki.

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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright for $32 ⊟
Two whole universes in one game for just $31.99! What savings! Both GameStop and Amazon have discounted pre-orders of the crossover courtroom game, due August 29.
This seems fairly unusual for a Nintendo-published game, but what isn’t unusual about the situation with this game… Image via Apolloterran, deal via @wario64.
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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright for $32 ⊟

Two whole universes in one game for just $31.99! What savings! Both GameStop and Amazon have discounted pre-orders of the crossover courtroom game, due August 29.

This seems fairly unusual for a Nintendo-published game, but what isn’t unusual about the situation with this game… Image via Apolloterran, deal via @wario64.

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Professor Layton meets Phoenix Wright August 29 ⊟
Although I heard they might have actually met a few months ago in Europe… 
Nintendo’s publishing this one! I had to look it up to make sure, because there are so many logos on that box.
Oh, and just a heads up, we’ve given our Upcoming Game Releases page a long-needed update with today’s announcements! Put in your preorders!
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Professor Layton meets Phoenix Wright August 29 ⊟

Although I heard they might have actually met a few months ago in Europe… 

Nintendo’s publishing this one! I had to look it up to make sure, because there are so many logos on that box.

Oh, and just a heads up, we’ve given our Upcoming Game Releases page a long-needed update with today’s announcements! Put in your preorders!

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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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Ace Attorney’s new assistant: Mikotoba Susato ⊟
I mean, I guess it’s no surprise that the assistant in the Meiji-era Dai Gyakuten Saiban would be a woman in traditional dress, but here she is, Naruhodou Ryuunosuke’s assistant. According to Court-Records, she’s a “lover of foreign detectives and a progressive dreamer!”
The color scheme of her outfit also seems like a callback to Maya Fey’s look, though she doesn’t seem to be related to the Fey/Ayasato clan of spirit mediums.
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Ace Attorney’s new assistant: Mikotoba Susato ⊟

I mean, I guess it’s no surprise that the assistant in the Meiji-era Dai Gyakuten Saiban would be a woman in traditional dress, but here she is, Naruhodou Ryuunosuke’s assistant. According to Court-Records, she’s a “lover of foreign detectives and a progressive dreamer!”

The color scheme of her outfit also seems like a callback to Maya Fey’s look, though she doesn’t seem to be related to the Fey/Ayasato clan of spirit mediums.

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TinyCast 022 - Wright 123 Ultimate - Tiny Cartridge

TinyCast 022 - Wright 123 Ultimate

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TinyCast 22! After a short break, we’ve returned to talk about Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's reveal, Renegade Kid's Moon Chronicles, and hints for several Level-5 3DS games coming to the West.

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The Ace Attorney 3DS collection is real ⊟

Either that, or this is a really convincing fake trailer… put together by Capcom and posted on their own YouTube channel. I’m a go with real.

It’s a bit hard to tell from the tiny windowed gameplay in the trailer, but the Ace Attorney 123 Wright Selection appears to use the original GBA/DS graphics (or maybe slightly cleaned up), rather than redrawn sprites like the weird looking iOS game. Even so, it’s been updated with 3D! (Update: There are screens on Capcom’s website showing the new “high resolution” graphics, and… well, I think they’ve been redrawn, but at least way better than the iOS graphics?)

This reportedly has the English text for the three games in it (as the Japanese DS games did), so if you happen to have a Japanese 3DS, you’ll be able to import a text-heavy game and read it for once. 

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Rumor: Ace Attorney 1-3 compilation on 3DS in Japan ⊟

Word reportedly out of a Famitsu magazine says Capcom will re-release Ace Attorney 1, 2, and 3 on 3DS in Japan on a single cart as Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodo Selection (Ace Attorney: Wright Selection). Apparently, all of these games have been updated with stereoscopic 3D.

What makes this easy to believe is that the GBA games have been ported and re-released so, so many times (GBA, PC, DS, Wii, mobile, iOS twice). It’s a bit weird that Apollo Justice isn’t part of the deal this time since Capcom is going DS > 3DS. Usually I understand because GBA games are the starting point, and the process of porting a DS native game would be somehow different. 

But then I don’t know how true any of this is in the first place! So yeah! Gifs via the wonderful Court-Records… via, like, the games.

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Some thoughts about Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies ⊟
As I neared the final case of Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, I was certain it was not only my least favorite game of the series, but the worst game. After completing the thrilling final case and experiencing the story as a whole, I no longer think it’s my least favorite story, though there’s no doubt in my mind it’s the worst in terms of gameplay.
Rather than connect all the thoughts swimming around in my head into some kind of coherent opinion, I thought I’d just… list them, or something.
Please stop solving the puzzles for me, Ace Attorney. One of the best things about the series, and in fact the only actual bit of gameplay, is figuring out contradictions and using them to solve each case. But just as a big revelation was looming, the script swooped in and explained it to me so I would know exactly what evidence to present. Pretty much every time.
Bobby Fulbright is the best character. I thought I’d miss the addled, rumpled Detective Gumshoe, but I loved his replacement, Bobby Fulbright. He’s just as dopey as Gumshoe, but supremely confident in his dopeyness. I can’t get enough of that ’70s supercop character design, either. In justice we trust!!!
Apollo Justice is not the best character. Or, rather, he’s not used to great effect here. In his own game, Apollo was the naive youth, possessing infinite energy, a loud voice and a total lack of self-confidence. Here, we’re asked to believe him as a Mysterious Hero. It reminds me of how Phoenix Wright was supposed to be the Man of Mystery in the last game, but just came off as an asshole who wouldn’t tell anyone anything.
And while I’m talking about characters, Simon Blackquill is pretty boring. Sorry! His thing is that he’s violent (which Franziska von Karma did better) and he speaks too properly (like every prosecutor in every one of these games).
Okay, one last thing about the characters: Why is Phoenix Wright even here? This is primarily an Athena Cykes game, and partly an Apollo Justice game, and Phoenix is pretty much just there to justify the title of the game. In fact, a lot of characters just show up to some extent to make cameos. Why? Because you might want to see them. It’s nostalgia, for games that came out a few years ago.  
I have some specific thoughts about Case 3, but they might be super-spoilery, so I’ll write them up in a bit and add a link later.
The overall narrative tied together beautifully. One of the things I always forget about Ace Attorney games is that most of the cases in each game tell part of the same story, each case building toward a cascading conclusion at the end, and this one was especially satisfying. I felt a lot better about the game as a whole after the ending. 
My verdict for this not-a-review: I’m still glad I bought it, and still delighted to have played it, but the perfunctory cameos make it feel almost like Phoenix Wright fanfic than the genuine article. And don’t expect to be asked to work your brain to execute the dramatic turnabouts we love. I still love playing Ace Attorney games, and Dual Destinies is still one of those – there’s nothing like them – but it’s not a standout within the series.
The good news is that Capcom has a really flexible 3D Phoenix Wright engine now, so I’m guessing we’ll get a couple more games. Let’s just hope Shu Takumi is back on the next one — apparently something is already in the works, and Takumi intends to announce his next project in 2014.
(Image via Court-Records)
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Some thoughts about Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies ⊟

As I neared the final case of Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, I was certain it was not only my least favorite game of the series, but the worst game. After completing the thrilling final case and experiencing the story as a whole, I no longer think it’s my least favorite story, though there’s no doubt in my mind it’s the worst in terms of gameplay.

Rather than connect all the thoughts swimming around in my head into some kind of coherent opinion, I thought I’d just… list them, or something.

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TinyCast 011 - Batsune Miku

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TinyCast 11! For this episode, we took a brief break from Pokémon to discuss other games we’ve played lately, like Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, Batman: Arkham Origins - Blackgate, and Hometown Story. We also talked about Hyperdimension Neptunia PeePee a ton for some reason. Yeah, it’s a really weird episode, but we had a lot of fun with it!

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Dude’s shoulder game is unreal ⊟
Doesn’t even have to tap a button to switch calls; he just leans his head to one side to pick up another one. Need to talk to two people at the same time? You can keep your conference calls; all he’s gotta do is shrug. He must be calculating his monthly bills in that planner, what with his two phone plans, and the fines he’s racking up from ballin’ so hard.
This is from Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, by the way, and the photo comes from Rise Above the Cilantro.
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Dude’s shoulder game is unreal ⊟

Doesn’t even have to tap a button to switch calls; he just leans his head to one side to pick up another one. Need to talk to two people at the same time? You can keep your conference calls; all he’s gotta do is shrug. He must be calculating his monthly bills in that planner, what with his two phone plans, and the fines he’s racking up from ballin’ so hard.

This is from Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, by the way, and the photo comes from Rise Above the Cilantro.

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Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies localization insights ⊟
I am SHAKING with excitement after playing the Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies demo, and I had to write a post about this game. Luckily, Capcom Director of Localization Janet Hsu posted a really fascinating article about some of the decisions made in localizing the new game.
The discussion about Athena Sykes’ name is interesting, but her explanation of the process of making prosecutor Simon Blackquill make sense for Westerners is a really great read. 

Take for example, his samurai/Japanese tendencies. Both Victorian-era English and Japanese can be quite verbose and poetic, so when Blackquill spouts sword metaphors, the two styles blended together very naturally. Also, you’ll notice that in the localization, we’ve labeled him a samurai instead of a rōnin (which are technically a subset of samurai). This deliberate choice was made because samurai are simply more easily recognizable and readily understood by a Western audience than rōnin, especially when some people don’t even see a difference between the two in the West.

There’s a lot more at Capcom-Unity. You should go read it, then download the demo, then play it 30 times in a row.
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Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies localization insights ⊟

I am SHAKING with excitement after playing the Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies demo, and I had to write a post about this game. Luckily, Capcom Director of Localization Janet Hsu posted a really fascinating article about some of the decisions made in localizing the new game.

The discussion about Athena Sykes’ name is interesting, but her explanation of the process of making prosecutor Simon Blackquill make sense for Westerners is a really great read. 

Take for example, his samurai/Japanese tendencies. Both Victorian-era English and Japanese can be quite verbose and poetic, so when Blackquill spouts sword metaphors, the two styles blended together very naturally. Also, you’ll notice that in the localization, we’ve labeled him a samurai instead of a rōnin (which are technically a subset of samurai). This deliberate choice was made because samurai are simply more easily recognizable and readily understood by a Western audience than rōnin, especially when some people don’t even see a difference between the two in the West.

There’s a lot more at Capcom-Unity. You should go read it, then download the demo, then play it 30 times in a row.

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  • Source capcom-unity.com