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Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is the fourth game in the Ace Attorney series. It represents several firsts for the series, being the first to be released on the Nintendo DS other than the ports of the original Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney trilogy. It is also the first full Ace Attorney game for which Kazuya Nuri contributed original art assets, having previously done so for the bonus episode Rise from the Ashes of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Additionally, the game is a sort of reboot for the series, featuring a new protagonist named Apollo Justice. Because later games in the main series reinstate Phoenix Wright as the main protagonist and reintroduce some of the characters from the original trilogy, this is the only game in the main series not to have Miles Edgeworth or anyone from the Fey clan mentioned by name, as well as the only game in the main series not to have "Phoenix Wright" in the English title.

In 2016, Capcom announced that Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney would be ported to iOS and Android smartphone platforms as Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney HD with updated character graphics in a similar manner to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD, with a released date of December, 2016.

The game has also been released for Nintendo 3DS during November 2017, where it is exclusive to the Nintendo eShop outside of Japan. This version features updated graphics (including stereoscopic 3D compatibility) and sound in a similar manner to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, the ability to play both the English and Japanese versions of the game, as well as an additional save button on the 3DS touch screen. Unlike the original version, which could not save while on the title card for a Testimony/Cross-Examination, the save function can now be used at any time except while breaking Psyche-Locks or while in the Jurist's Chambers at the end of the game. The 3DS version also added the option to disable fast-forwarding on dialogue that the player has not yet read, which was previously used in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice, though the button for this option is removed upon the completion of Turnabout Succession.

Story[edit | edit source]

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is set seven years after the events of the previous game, at which point Phoenix Wright has been disbarred. Although several hints are given during the course of the game, it is not until the final case that the events surrounding his disbarment are revealed.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

  1. Turnabout Trump: For his first trial, Apollo Justice (assisted by Kristoph Gavin) must defend the disbarred Phoenix Wright on the charge of murdering a drifter called Shadi Smith in a poker game.
  2. Turnabout Corner: After joining the Wright Anything Agency, Justice is soon put to work investigating three seemingly unconnected petty crimes that are soon revealed to be tied together by a murder. When Justice takes the defendant's case, he faces Klavier Gavin at the prosecutor's bench.
  3. Turnabout Serenade: After a murder at a Gavinners concert, Justice finds himself defending the Borginian pianist Machi Tobaye for the crime.
  4. Turnabout Succession (partly takes place seven years before Turnabout Trump): The case that caused Phoenix Wright's disbarment and another case involving a murdered artist must be solved to reveal the truth behind them both.

Main characters[edit | edit source]

Clockwise from top: Klavier Gavin, Kristoph Gavin, Ema Skye, Apollo Justice, Trucy Wright, and Phoenix Wright.

  • Apollo Justice is the protagonist and has been described as having "a passionate heart burning red" and "Chords of Steel".
  • Trucy Wright is Wright's adoptive daughter. She acts as Justice's investigative partner, assistant, and co-counsel.
  • Kristoph Gavin is Justice's mentor up until Turnabout Trump, when it is revealed that he hides a dark secret behind his pleasant demeanor.
  • Klavier Gavin is a prosecutor who faces off against Justice in the latter three episodes and Phoenix Wright in the flashback of his last trial in Turnabout Succession. He became a prosecutor at 17, and unlike previous prosecutors in the series, he is honest and friendly when first introduced. Klavier is also Kristoph Gavin's younger brother and the lead singer of the rock band, the Gavinners.
  • Phoenix Wright, now disbarred from law, has taken up a job at the Borscht Bowl Club as a (awful) piano player and undefeated poker player. He becomes Justice's on-again-off-again mentor after the events of Turnabout Trump.
  • Ema Skye returns as the detective in charge of the latter three cases in the game and is Apollo Justice's main contact in the police department. She is much moodier and less friendly than she was in Rise from the Ashes, disappointed that she was not assigned to the forensics department. However, the prospect of conducting a forensic investigation excites her just as it did in her younger days. She plays a similar role to Dick Gumshoe from the first three Ace Attorney games.
  • The unnamed judge who presides over all the cases in the game.

Characters by episode[edit | edit source]

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney features the lowest number of returning characters in the Ace Attorney series to date, with only seven characters from previous games making a reappearance.

Turnabout Trump[edit | edit source]

Turnabout Corner[edit | edit source]

Turnabout Serenade[edit | edit source]

Turnabout Succession[edit | edit source]

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney English logo.

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney inherits several elements from Rise from the Ashes, as a result of both of them being made specifically with the Nintendo DS in mind. These include two characters from Rise from the Ashes along with some of the forensic science gameplay. A more subtle similarity is that there were no episode selection images to be unlocked after each episode's completion on the original Nintendo DS release, though subsequent releases have them. This is the only game in which this is the case, though fellow DS titles Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth and Gyakuten Kenji 2 are rather minimalist in their episode selection images, each depicting a major character on a generic background.

The new protagonist Apollo Justice brings with him a new gameplay function in his bracelet, which has the ability to focus intensely on witnesses to look for tells revealing what they are hiding.

Demo[edit | edit source]

A demo was briefly downloadable from the Wii to the Nintendo DS using the Wii's Nintendo Channel or playable from a website. The demo covers a short section of Turnabout Trump (specifically Phoenix Wright's cross examination segment). When the player progresses beyond the content in the demo (after the player first successfully presents evidence), Apollo Justice strains his vocal cords from yelling and loses his voice. After this point the demo ends with Justice being assured that it was only a mock trial, and the player being told to buy the full game to solve the mystery.

Development[edit | edit source]

The writers of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney were told to include Phoenix Wright and the lay judge system in the game. There was a collaboration with the Japanese Ministry of Justice for promoting the game, and there was a presentation of the game at the ministry's head office.[3]

Reception[edit | edit source]

After release in Japan, Gyakuten Saiban 4 has been highly praised, with Famitsu giving it a 9/9/9/9 score (36/40), and selling around 250,000 copies during the first retail week, according to Media-Create. Six weeks after its release, Capcom announced that they had shipped 500,000 copies, accounting for 25% of the series' two million units worldwide.

Staff[edit | edit source]

  • Original Creator/Series Director:

Box art gallery[edit | edit source]

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External links[edit | edit source]

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