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May 26th, 2017

DGS2 Soundtrack Releases 8/16, 8/9 digitally

Via Gamer.ne: the official soundtrack for Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2 will be released August 16th, 2017, not long after the game. But if you want to pick it up even sooner, the OST will be available on iTunes Japan and other digital storefronts on August 9th - less than a week after the game releases!

The OST will run 2,500 yen and is comprised of 2 CDs. Cover art and track listing have not been announced.

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May 23rd, 2017

DGS2 in Famitsu 5/23: Case 2 details, new art

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You can always tell a new AA game is around the corner when Famitsu starts getting monthly scoops!

This week's issue will feature new details on the game's (presumably) second case, a fatal poisoning in Souseki's London flat. We also get a look at the victim and a new witness, both of whom look mighty familiar (even if they only briefly appeared in DGS1); the yellow-jacketed man's name is given as "Decago Meterman". (Or Miteld Meterman, the site article and preview scan seem to differ. It's Decago - Ash pointed out a footnote on the article saying the name had been updated by Capcom after they went to press. "Decago" is a portmanteau of "dekai" (big) and "ago" (chin), so... yeah.) The issue also has new art of Susato, Iris, and Barok.

Layton's Mystery Journey will also be featured in the issue.

Details to come!

Update: The issue is out! Here's a detailed shot of Decago's art/screenshots:

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And full scans (sorry they're a touch smaller than normal ATM):

Spoiler: Scans
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Bullet points:

  • The victim of this case was a fellow lodger staying in the Garridebs' apartment like Souseki. The two were known to get into arguments over the finer points of Shakespeare, and Souseki made the tea that seems to have poisoned the victim, so when Souseki found his body, he was arrested.
  • Souseki insists the place is cursed, which is part of what gets Holmes to take the case.
  • Dusting for fingerprints is in the game by way of some of Holmes' inventions.
  • Decago is one of the witnesses in the trial. Ryuunosuke spots him during the investigation trying to peer into the flat (which is impressive given the windows are bricked up.
  • At the AA 15th anniversary concert, a video showing motion capture for a tap-dancing character was shown. That video will be released tonight.
  • Lastly, I don't want to read too much into this, but the article mentions that this case takes place "before Souseki returns to Japan". Between that statement and the fact all the images of the outside show it to still be winter, it almost sounds like this case actually slots in between DGS1-4 and DGS1-5 rather than taking place months later after Susato (and Souseki) return to London. But this isn't clear yet.

The article on Layton's Mystery Journey isn't tremendously detailed, but a few things from it:
  • The titular "millionaire" is actually seven different people, at least three of whom we've seen in trailers (the large dowager in the pink dress, the festival organizer in blue, and the man in the yellow jacket and bowler cap. Their names are given as Scola Garfflesia, Ridley Flemens, and Crack Gospec.
  • Though the game starts with a relatively small incident, Catri's investigations lead her to tackle bigger and bigger crimes along the way, such as the theft of Big Ben's clock hands.
  • A new minigame sees you deducing characters' favorite foods and having a chef prepare them.
  • When investigating a story-related area, magnifying glasses on the bottom screen will show you how many clues are left to be found there.

Update: The official DGS2 site has updated with art of Susato, Iris, Barok, and Decargo (whose official name is given as "Decargo Mieterman".) You can also take a look at this behind-the-scenes video of Capcom recording tapdancer Yan Rin performing motion capture and percussion for the game.

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May 22nd, 2017

Ace Attorney Pachislot OST available on JP iTunes

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Looking for a little more AA (or at least AA-inspired) music to fill up your library? Got a Japanese iTunes account? Then you'll be happy to know the OST for the recent Ace Attorney pachislot machine is available to purchase for 900 yen.

The soundtrack features a combination of remixes of AA1/AA2 tunes and original music composed for the machine, including three vocal tracks.

The track list is as follows:
1. Get Truth
2. Sky's the Limit
3. Absolute Friendship
4. The Steel Samurai
5. Neverending Days
6. Investigation Part
7. Investigation Part: Interview Room
8. Psyche-Lock
9. Court Judge: Witness Testimony (AA1 ver.)
10. Court Judge: Cross-Examination (AA1 ver.)
11. Court Judge: Witness Testimony (AA2 ver.)
12. Court Judge: Cross-Examination (AA2 ver.)
13. Court Battle: Preparation
14. Court Battle: Witness Testimony (AA1 ver.)
15. Court Battle: Witness Testimony (AA2 ver.)
16. Court Battle: Mia Summon Zone
17. Court Battle ~ The First Turnabout
18. Court Battle ~ Turnabout Sisters
19. Court Battle ~ Turnabout Samurai
20. Court Battle ~ Turnabout Goodbyes
21. Court Battle ~ Rise from the Ashes
22. Court Battle ~ The Lost Turnabout
23. Court Battle ~ Reunion, and Turnabout
24. Court Battle ~ Turnabout Circus
25. Court Battle ~ Farewell, My Turnabout

And if you haven't seen the trailer for the machine yet, well, take a gander. It's an experience.

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May 17th, 2017

Dual Destinies coming to Android this month (UP: out now)

Via Android Police, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies will be hitting Android phones "later this month". Capcom did not announce pricing or precise dates in their PR.

Pre-Registration is available at Capcom Mobile.

(Thanks for the tip, blahmoomoo!)

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Update: The game is now available for $19.99 and includes the DLC episode and costumes.

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April 22nd, 2017

Ace Attorney Art Gallery Interview Fuse (Character Designer)

https://www.pixivision.net/en/a/2383

It's already a week old, but I don't think this has been posted yet? Pixivision has an exclusive interview with character designer Fuse (AA5, AA6) because of the Ace Attorney Art Gallery.

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April 18th, 2017

DGS2 in Famitsu 4/20: More episode 1+2 info

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While it looks to mostly be recapping what was shown on yesterday's livestream, Famitsu has a big DGS2 article in its next issue, which releases on April 20th. In addition to screens, character art, and coverage of what we learned yesterday, there'll be a "Great Turnabout Newspaper" column that will feature articles on various DGS characters and settings, and comments from producer Eshiro.

We'll provide scans once they're available!

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Update: No significant new info in Famitsu, though you can view the scans at Japanese Nintendo. Eshiro does comment that Asougi got a piece of DLC pretty much entirely because of his popularity amongst fans though, lol.

On the Layton side of things, the article is mostly just re-introducing the game, noting that they wanted the game to be more comical and smaller-scale than the past Layton games. As a nod to series fans, it looks like Stachenscarfen and Granny Riddler will be appearing, and the article wonders where Layton himself is and if Sherlo could be connected to Luke's ability to talk to animals.

Spoiler: DGS2-1 Character art
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April 17th, 2017

DGS2 info: "Ryuutarou", returning characters, DLC, web demo

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April 16th, 2017

AA 15th anniversary livestream on Monday; how to watch

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As was announced last month, Capcom is holding a 2-hour NicoNico livestream tomorrow, Monday April 17th to celebrate 15 years of Ace Attorney and show off new information on Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2. The hosts will also show off comments and fanart they've received, reveal the results of a series-wide character popularity poll, and revisit the history of the AA series.

The show starts at 9 PM Japan time, which translates to noon UTC, 8 AM ET, and 5 AM PT; the show itself is scheduled to run for 2 hours.

If you're not familiar with NicoNico, it prioritizes paid members over free members when it comes to watching livestreams, and guests can't watch at all. To try and alleviate this, we'll be restreaming the show over on CyTube, which also gives the benefit of letting people chat as we watch. However, we can't guarantee the restream will run for the entire period, so we'll have a link to the official NicoNico page available. Of course we hope everything goes smoothly, but just being realistic here!

See you all then!

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April 16th, 2017

Court-Records is looking for a copywriting manager!

I know, I know, another CR help wanted ad? Stay with me here...

For the past couple of years, CR has been working on a total site revamp, and a big chunk of that work is rewriting or completing the content we have on the site today. Unfortunately, every time we've tried to get copywriting up and running, it's crashed and burned - not because of the volunteers who come to us to write, but because we don't keep track of what needs doing and who handles it well.

Put another way, we've faceplanted hard on project management the past couple of years. Most of our staff is either busy with full-time work/college or just doesn't have the skillset to manage individual work items like this. It's not fair to the people who've offered their time over the years, and it's not good for the site.

We're looking for someone who can help with the following things:
  • Completing a list of what we're missing from the current site and what needs to be rewritten
  • Scouting and hiring copywriters
  • Prioritizing what needs to be done and assigning it to writers
  • Following up with writers if needed to make sure progress is happening
  • Keeping track of all the work that's been done and handing out new assignments

We realize it sounds like a lot, but that's because... it is! The last few years have been a painful lesson that we can't stretch ourselves six ways at once. So we're really looking for someone who's got the drive and organization to keep track of all this. Note that you don't have to be a writer for this - on the contrary, we'd rather have someone who can just focus on keeping all the wheels spinning. Nor do you have to be versed in website dev - this work'll likely be done through Google Docs, and if anything more advanced is needed, we'll be happy to teach you on the job.

If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, let us know, either here or via email (courtrecord [at] gmail)! We'd truly appreciate it - CR has always been a volunteer operation, and we need all the help we can get.

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April 12th, 2017

UP: DGS2 out 8/3 in Japan! Lady Layton out 7/20 worldwide!

We weren't expecting much in the Nintendo Direct today, but we got two big pieces of Japanese release date news: Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2 will be released August 3rd, 2017, and Lady Layton will be released July 20th in Japan!

The Japanese title of Lady Layton has also been revised to "Layton Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy". No word yet on if the English title will be changing as well.

More DGS2 info will be coming in next week's 15th anniversary livestream.

UPDATE 4/13/17: Following up on yesterday's Japanese announcements, Level-5 has confirmed that Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy (formerly Lady Layton, final English title TBD) will be releasing worldwide on July 20th for iOS and Android! However, the international 3DS version will not launch the same day.

The iOS/Android version will be 1900 yen in Japan and will allow players to experience the game's main story start to finish, although in-app purchases will be available (details TBA). The game will be playable in Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and Korean.

[Via Level-5 PR]

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