August 29th, 2014

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: out in NA

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August 28th, 2014

Dengeki interview with Eshiro on iOS DD and GS in general

It's a very long interview, so just some bullet points instead of a full translation (too lazy to translate everything...):

- A lot of fans reacted positive to Apollo's role in the game
- Some people thought the game was too easy and they'll keep that in mind for future games
- Eshiro as overwhelmed when Apollo ranked first in the NicoNico GS character election (dates from August 2013). Also glad that characters like Blackquill and Fulbright ranked in high.
1. Apollo
2. Edgeworth
3. Phoenix
4. Maya
5. Fulbright
6. Godot
7. Blackquill
8. Yumihiko (GK2)
9. Franziska
10. Klavier

- GS5 was originally planned to be a 3DS-only release, but because apps were becoming more important, they wanted to know whether it would be possible to have an app version. They made one scene, which was a bit troublesome, but they decided that this could work. While 3DS and (touch screen) smartphones are relatively 'alike', they had to rethink the user interface completely because the 3DS has two screens.
- Asked by the interviewer whether the character models were redone for iOS because they looked better, Eshiro said no. 3DS/iPhone all have different screens with their own characteristics, so they come out differently.
- The complete first chapter of iOS DD is free, because they did the same with iOS GS123. It's a lot of gameplay, but the precedent had already been set and the ending of that chapter does work as a hook for the rest of the game.
- Prices were based on regular App Store prices and internal discussion.
- Eshiro likes case 2 (he likes the creepy and mysterious atmosphere) and case 3.
- Yamazaki likes the last case
- Eshiro knows a lot of fans want an anime, but such a project costs a lot of time, and they just never managed to get the timing right for something like that. And just an anime would be boring, so he would like to do something special with it if they were to produce one.
- Personally, Eshiro would want to do a late night TV drama series, because he thinks the format fits GS well.
- The interviewer suggests a GS concert, to which Eshiro said he would think about it (laugh)
- Yamazaki would like to do something like a real-life game (i.e. escape the room games).
- GS5 is not the end of the GS series, DGS is coming and they'll want to do even more after that.

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August 20th, 2014

Dai Gyakuten Saiban to appear in TGS 2014

TGS 2014 (September 18 ~ 21 (20-21 for public)
- DGS booth consists of a theater room with special footage (including in-game footage)
- Visitors of the theater receive a DGS postcard set
- Hints at the possibility of one of those classic TGS GS trailers...


New information will be revealed on the official DGS site on September 11 (Thursday, so together with Famitsu, as always probably).

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August 14th, 2014

Dual Destinies released on iOS worldwide

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August 7th, 2014

Gyakuten Saiban 5 released on iOS

Well, this came out of nowhere fast! The Japanese version of Dual Destinies, Gyakuten Saiban 5, has just been released on iOS in Japan!


Additional screenshots here.

The game is playable on iPhone 4S, 5, 5S, and 5C, iPad 2 or newer, and iTouch 5th generation or newer. It requires iOS6.1 to iOS7.1. The game's first episode is available free, with the remainder of the game a paid purchase. The original game's DLC case, "Turnabout Reclaimed", is also available, as are the bonus costumes and (JP-only) quizzes.

The first episode is free, while episodes 2-5 can be purchased for 2000 yen as a pack, or for 600 yen each. The DLC episode is also available for 600 yen.

Thanks to NeoGAF user daydreaming for the tip!

Update: The game is confirmed for release in North America and Europe as well "soon". (Thanks JapaneseGIRL!)

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August 3rd, 2014

Cosmosky Orchestra to perform Dual Destinies music

The Cosmosky Orchestra, a Japanese orchestra dedicated to live performances of videogame music, has announced that as part of their sixth regular concert, they will be performing music from Dual Destinies!

The concert takes place December 7th at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall (note that since DD was just announced, it's not listed on the page yet). Examples of their work can be seen on their YouTube channel. Here's hoping they provide a recording of the show for those of us who can't make it!

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August 1st, 2014

Cing ex-VP talks studio closure, the future of Kyle Hyde

GoNintendo reports on a NintendOn (Italian Nintendo fansite) interview with Rika Suzuki, ex-Vice President of videogame developer Cing. Suzuki was also a huge part in the development of both Kyle Hyde games, having designed and written both Hotel Dusk and Last Window.

She has a lot of interesting things to say in this interview, but GoNintendo takes out the most important bits, and I underline them for further emphasis:

NintendOn: When you realized Cing was going to close, what was your feeling about the future as a game developer?

Suzuki: Closing Cing meant disbanding the team which had been producing the games together. And disbanding the team meant outright loss of various know-how and skills which we had cultivated in developing games, which was extremely disappointing, regrettable and sad.

However, even when I got to know that Cing would be closed, my passion for game production never burnt out. Of course, I knew that it would be not easy to start anew and create a new team from scratch, but I had many games that I wanted to produce and deliver to game players.

NintendOn: Have you ever thought of making another game about Kyle Hyde?

Suzuki: Kyle Hyde's story has not ended for myself, yet. However, we gave the right concerning Kyle Hyde to Nintendo as a publisher so I cannot make a new game featuring Kile without any permission.

Having said that, I hope that I will be able to produce his story, which is still going on in myself, in some different way to be delivered to players.

This confirms what we all suspected: Nintendo has the rights to Kyle Hyde, and could very well do a new game, and Suzuki herself would like to produce it, since, as she says, "Kyle Hyde's story has not ended for myself, yet"

Commence Operation Hydefall? I say yes.


Screw it, I'm putting this on the front page, Cing and Kyle deserve it.

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July 26th, 2014

The Art of PWAA Dual Destinies NA ver. in 2015

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July 18th, 2014

The Court-Records 2014 OC Contest is a go!

(Thanks to MoodMatrix for the banner!)

After far too long, the Court-Records Original Character Contest is back! Not familiar with it? The idea's simple: come up with Ace Attorney fan characters and you could win some serious AA swag! (Not to mention some internet bragging points.)

This year, we're celebrating Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, and so the theme is multiple characters - unlike past years, your entry should include between 2 and 5 connected Ace Attorney OCs. These characters must be depicted in the form of a fanwork, in one of three categories: fanart, fanfiction, and spriting. The three categories will be judged entirely separate from each other, and like the Sprite Cup, after a round of private judging, the finalists will be voted on by the public.

What's up for grabs? Well:
  • First place winners in each category will receive the PLvsPW artbook, an attorney's pin from Fangamer, and an Objection! foam finger.
  • Second place winners in each category will receive an attorney's pin from Fangamer, and an Objection! foam finger.
  • Third place winners in each category will receive an Objection! foam finger.

For the full rules and details, check out the contest page! At present, entries will be accepted until September 7th.

When you're ready to enter, we have entry topics set up in the Fanfiction, Fanart, and Sprite subforums.

And finally, if you're an AA writer but don't have time to enter, we're still looking for one more fanfic judge! Please get in contact via e-mail or PM if you're interested. Any questions can either be posted in this topic or e-mailed to us at The position has been filled - thanks for those who sent in interest!

Good luck, everyone!

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June 27th, 2014

UPDATED: Court-Records needs your help!

Update 7/12/14: We've found a designer and frontend dev, but we're still looking for a copywriter!

Court-Records is looking to make the second major overhaul in its history, and we need your help to do it! We're currently working on a redo of C-R's main site that aims to not only give a fresher look to the game content and coverage you know and love, but also gives the Ace Attorney community a place to share and discuss their fanwork, in any shape or size.

Most of the backend work is done, thanks to the wonderful Henke, but we're looking for two people to help us finish up the site:

  • A website designer. CSS and PHP experience is a must, with Less-CSS experience a huge plus. (This role has been filled! Thanks to all that applied.)
  • A data entry/copywriter. HTML experience is a must. This would involve writing content for the site and inserting it through some specialized forms.

For both roles, familiarity with setting up web development on your own machine (Apache server, MySQL, etc.) is desired - we can provide some help in getting set up, but if those words are all Greek to you, this might not be a good fit. This should be a short-term project; we're hoping to get things launched in the next few months.

Unfortunately, Court-Records runs on a bit of a shoestring budget, so we can't provide professional-level compensation; you'd be doing this for love of the series and probably some extra AA swag we have. Sorry - we understand for a lot of people this is their job, and if you can't do the work for financial reasons we don't blame you. If you're cool working like this, you'll of course be credited on the site.

If you're interested, drop us a line at (no, there's no 's' in that), ideally with examples of your work.

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