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The Ace Attorney franchise is based around the adventure video games published by Capcom. In said games, the player takes on the role of an attorney who must uncover the truth behind crimes using evidence, cross-examination, and investigation. The series has also spawned film, musical, anime, and manga adaptations, as well as crossovers with other franchises.
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|Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney||Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All||Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations|
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|Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth||Gyakuten Kenji 2||Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney||Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken||Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Kakugo|
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About Ace Attorney
Ace Attorney is a franchise centered around a series of visual novel / adventure hybrid video games developed and published by Capcom. It began as a trilogy of comedic legal thrillers known as Gyakuten Saiban (逆転裁判, lit. "Turnabout Trial") created by Shu Takumi and released for Nintendo's Game Boy Advance handheld in Japan between 2001 and 2004. The trilogy was later ported to the Nintendo DS between 2005 and 2007 and released internationally. These games follow the exploits of a passionate rookie defense attorney named Phoenix Wright (Ryūichi Naruhodō in Japan) who fights for his clients in a courtroom setting loosely resembling that of the Japanese legal system, using investigative skills, cross-examinations and evidence. Subsequent games have branched off and altered the formula of the original trilogy, as well as starring different protagonists. Among these, two detective games collectively known as Ace Attorney Investigations (逆転検事 Gyakuten Kenji, lit. "Turnabout Prosecutor") place the player in the role of Phoenix Wright's rival, a genius prosecutor named Miles Edgeworth, as he investigates crime scenes using evidence collection, logic and arguments. Also in progress is a series taking place in Meiji-era Japan and Victorian London, called Dai Gyakuten Saiban (大逆転裁判, lit. "Great Turnabout Trial"), starring Ryūnosuke Naruhodō and a version of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. As well, the original trilogy has been ported to Microsoft Windows, WiiWare, iOS and the Nintendo 3DS, and the original Gyakuten Saiban formula has continued with Apollo Justice and Athena Cykes as new recruits seven years after Phoenix Wright's original adventures.
The dark age of the law was a period between 2020 and 2027, when the legal system was overrun with corruption. Although several high-profile figures in the prosecutor's office, the police department, and the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee had been indicted for various crimes and abuses in the previous decade, the instigation of the dark age itself is attributed to two specific incidents: the first was in April 2019, when well-known defense attorney Phoenix Wright was caught presenting forged evidence (albeit unknowingly) during the Gramarye murder case, while the second was in October 2020, when rookie prosecutor Simon Blackquill was convicted of the murder of Metis Cykes in a case known as the UR-1 Incident in police files. In the wake of these two damning incidents, a vicious cycle emerged. People lost their trust in the legal system, which caused more lawyers to resort to any means necessary for their desired verdicts, which generated more distrust in the legal system. Although an implementation of the Jurist System was attempted in October 2026, it was not until the real culprit of the UR-1 Incident was arrested in December 2027 that the cycle was finally broken.
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