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December 8th, 2017

Ace Attorney Investigations released on iOS/Android

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Capcom's really got a thing for these stealth mobile ports, huh?

Ace Attorney Investigations is now available on Google Play and the App Store in Japan, featuring higher-res graphics. If it's anything like AA5/AA6, we'll be seeing an English release soon!

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UssBmMTU8jQ

Update: Available on the US Google Play store as well!

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December 4th, 2017

New preview clip for the Ace Attorney anime dub

"The Thinker" (U.S. only)

A new preview clip of the English language release of the anime has been released, this time featuring one of the interrogation scenes from the first episode. In addition to Phoenix, Mia and the Judge, who all appeared in the last trailer, you'll also get to hear the first English samples of Larry, Payne and Frank Sahwit. Give it a listen!

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December 4th, 2017

Short Famitsu AA4 interview with Takumi (favorite episode)

Famitsu posted their supershort interview with Takumi on the 3DS release of Ace Attorney 4 online today (it was featured in their paper magazine two weeks ago in the December 7, 2017 Issue). It's basically just thinly-veiled marketing, but they at least mention the English localization, and they ask what episode Takumi liked.

Quote:
Interviewer: What is the main attraction to Ace Attorney 4?

Takumi: The grand entrance of our new protagonist Apollo Justice under the key term "Trial Opening On A New Chapter". The main attraction has to be the story of Apollo, who holds a kind of "hotness" inside of him different from that of Phoenix. We also developed this game back then while focusing on developing further the scientific investigation techniques introduced in Rise from the Ashes, and the surprises sprung upon the player when they investigate the evidence from all kinds of directions.

Interviewer: This is the first game where Apollo Justice appears. Could you tell us about how he was created and the story behind his development?

Takumi: The starting point of Ace Attorney 4... It all started with the notion that "Phoenix Wright's story had concluded with Ace Attorney 3, so let's have a new protagonist this time." As for Apollo (Odoroki)'s name, I remember people back then objecting to the character "Doro" (mud) in his name but I convinced those people with the bright characters of "O" (king) and "Ki" (joy).

Interviewer: Any recollections you wish to share looking back at the release in 2007?

Takumi: The "Lay Judge System" was all in the news back when we were working on the game, and we were given the assignment to include the Lay Judge System as a theme in the game. That is how the Mason System was born. I worked on the story feeling that this new mechanic held a lot of new potential in terms of presentation in mystery games at the time.

Interviewer: What would you recommend about the English localization Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney that is also included in the game? Also, do you yourself play and check the English text?

Takumi: The translation from the Japanese to the English text is done by a staff member who really loves this series. And thanks to her, the English localization has always been very well received abroad. It's fun comparing scenes with the English text to see how they worded it. By the way, my specialty is Japanese, so I leave the English text all up to others.

Interviewer: Do you have an episode in Ace Attorney you particularly like?

Takumi: I have fond memories of the second episode, Turnabout Corner. I had actually come up with the idea long before the first Ace Attorney, around 1995, for a different game project, but it got cancelled completely. So I brought it back to life by rearranging it for Ace Attorney 4. So in a way, it's a very memorable episode to me.

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November 25th, 2017

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November 21st, 2017

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney released for the 3DS in NA/JP

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It's been more than ten years since Apollo made his debut on the Nintendo DS, and today his original game makes the jump to the 3DS!

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is now available in the Nintendo eShop in North America and at retail/digital in Japan. European AA fans will have to wait just a little longer, with a release slated for the 23rd.

With the release of AA4, that means all of the main Ace Attorney games are available on the 3DS. So what are you waiting for? Brush off those chords of steel and pick up Apollo Justice to finish your collection!

Oh, and don't forget to read Takumi's tweets for the occasion, translated by Ash!

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November 21st, 2017

Takumi's tweets on 3DS Ace Attorney 4 release

Takumi tweeted a bit on the 3DS release of Apollo Justice today, together with a somewhat familiar-looking picture. Translation below.

Quote:
Good evening, everyone. I've been down the last week because of a cold and while I enjoyed my days as one of the ill, but even I have grown sick of lying down all the time, and returned to the office today. Please take care of yourself. The common cold this year has been a nasty one from the start.

Tomorrow, Ace Attorney 4 will be released on 3DS. They even asked me, so I'm scheduled to appear tomorrow at the event (carrying with me some leftovers of my cold...). I had nothing at all to do with the development of the 3DS version this time, so I'm not sure whether I should be the one to appear though.

The Ace Attorney release events:
Tokyo: Bic Camera Shinjuku Station West Exit
Osaka: Joshin Denki DiskPier Nipponbashi
The events start at 18:30. I'll appear in Tokyo, and Nuri in Osaka...!

The DS version of Ace Attorney 4 was released in 2007... That's ten years ago already. Usually I'm credited with Plannning/Scenario/Direction, but for this game, I was credited for Original Concept/General Supervision. Putting the details aside, this game was made in a turbulent time, when we tried a lot of things out also in relation to the direction of the future of the series.

I moved away from Ace Attorney after that and made Ghost Trick. The experience I had developing 4 had an enormous influence on my ideas on how to make games afterwards. In that sense, this was a very important project, I now realize.

So as I reflected on those times, I looked through some of the old files, and there I found a nostalgic photograph. With the whim of someone who has just recovered from a cold, I post this photograph reminding me of my past...

Is it a sad photograph of someone who is scream all the stress of daily life at his beloved umbrella... or is a sad photograph where someone is posing for a shot in the opening scene of a certain episode?

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"Let's rock, guys!"

By the way, the photograph is dated November 27, 2006.

Anyway, Nuri, whom I first worked with with the previous game, Rise from the Ashes, became the main designer for this game, so in that sense Ace Attorney 4 is a game to remember. He and I will appear in Osaka and Tokyo tomorrow, so please swing by!

After the event at Bic Camera, Mr. Eshiro and I are supposed to go to the Capcom Cafe in Shinjuku in the evening. If you have the time, come by too. I've heard rumors we might or might not have a special menu.... Anyway, I hope to see you tomorrow!

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November 18th, 2017

First trailer for the English anime release

Watch on YouTube (US only)

Mod edit for a little more context: Funimation announced they'd be releasing the first half of the AA anime dubbed in January, and revealed the voice cast a few days back. Now they've put out the above trailer to show the cast in action!

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November 16th, 2017

We've been Discord partnered!

Hey guys - just a reminder that not only do we have a Discord server, but it has now been officially made into a partnered server! This means a couple of cool benefits, such as better voice chat servers and a bit more personalisation of the server. It also means a chance to remind you guys to join up if you haven't already, so here's a link: https://discord.gg/jNAbup9

Many thanks and congratulations to the dedicated mod team who run the Ace Attorney Discord day-to-day and we hope to see you all there!

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November 15th, 2017

Funimation announces the Ace Attorney anime English cast

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November 13th, 2017

Kotaku UK rumor: new AA, AA123 and AA456 for Switch in 2018

It was a bit out-of-nowhere when Capcom confirmed the other day that AA was coming to Switch, so it wasn't much of a surprise that we didn't have any more details. But Kotaku UK has done some additional digging and claims their sources have confirmed three Ace Attorney titles for the Switch are in development.

First, Switch compilations of AA1, AA2, AA3 and AA4, AA5, AA6 are planned to release throughout 2018, using the work for the HD editions already available on phone. But more interestingly, Kotaku UK reports an all-new Ace Attorney starring Phoenix is slated for late 2018 worldwide on both Switch and mobile.

While this is just a rumor at the moment, Kotaku UK seems to have enough faith in their sources to run it, so we may very well be looking at a very AA-filled 2018!

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