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Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy (逆転裁判456王泥喜セレクション Gyakuten Saiban 456: Odoroki Serekushon; lit. "Turnabout Trial 456: Odoroki Selection") is an enhanced compilation of the three games in the Ace Attorney series featuring Apollo Justice: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice. Rebuilt in Capcom's RE Engine,[1] the compilation was released for the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam on January 25, 2024. It was announced at the Capcom Showcase presentation (as part of the Summer Game Fest 2023) on June 12, 2023.

As a compilation of ports, it is similar to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy released in 2019 and The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles released in 2021. Most of the extra content originally offered after the original releases, namely alternate costumes and the special episodes Turnabout Reclaimed and Turnabout Time Traveler, are included in the compilation upfront. Not included, however, are the short special episodes "Phoenix Wright: Asinine Attorney" and "Apollo Justice: Asinine Attorney", as well as the Japan-only Sengoku Basara costumes and "Quiz Turnabout Deduction". This is also the first time that Dual Destinies would ship as part of a product with an ESRB rating of T (and equivalent ratings in other countries), as opposed to its original rating of M.

Setting[]

The events of the trilogy mostly take place several years after the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy. However, unlike the aforementioned previous port collections, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy brings together three titles that have never previously been grouped together in any way. As the releases of the original games span nine years, there are marked differences in graphical styles, director/producer makeup, original release console (Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney being developed for the Nintendo DS and the others being developed for the Nintendo 3DS), and even the titular character's actual role in each game. Because of this, there is no one plot thread that spans all three games, other than the general presence and development of Apollo Justice throughout the trilogy.

Trilogy-wide characters[]

  • Apollo Justice - A fresh lawyer from Gavin Law Offices who is thrust into a life-changing series of trials after a certain disgraced attorney enlists his aid. Using his bracelet, he has the power to "perceive" tiny involuntary movements people make when they are hiding something. Each game in the series adds a major element to his backstory, giving him personal stakes in each main story arc.
  • Phoenix Wright - The protagonist of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy and the title character of Dual Destinies and Spirit of Justice, who possesses a magatama that allows him to see when someone is hiding something from him. Before the time skip between the two trilogies, he is disbarred for submitting forged evidence in court. The discovery of the true circumstances behind this event form the main story arc of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. Phoenix also discusses the coming of a "dark time" for the legal system, eventually resulting in a test implementation of a new trial system. The "dark time" concept itself is expanded upon in Dual Destinies as the dark age of the law.[2]
  • Trucy Wright - The adoptive daughter of Phoenix Wright, whose biological family heritage is the focal point of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. Her work as a magician keeps her, Phoenix, and the old Wright & Co. Law Offices, now the Wright Anything Agency, afloat prior to Apollo Justice being taken in. She continues to play supporting roles in Dual Destinies and Spirit of Justice.
  • Judge - The judge presiding over every case in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney and Dual Destinies. Another judge presides over the trials in the High Court of Khura'in in Spirit of Justice, but the judge in the homeland-based trials remains the same.

Other main cast[]

  • Maya Fey - Phoenix's assistant from the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy. As part of her training to assume her inherited title of Master of the Fey clan, she travels to Khura'in. In Spirit of Justice, Phoenix heads to Khura'in to visit her, only to be thrust into the nation's court system, which has become devoid of defense attorneys since the passing of the Defense Culpability Act.
  • Klavier Gavin - The main rival prosecutor in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. He returns to court after taking an interest in Apollo Justice following the latter's first trial and what happened to his brother Kristoph there.
  • Simon Blackquill - The main rival prosecutor in Dual Destinies. He was sentenced to death for an incident not long after Phoenix's disbarment, which is connected to the dark age of the law. Despite this, for mysterious reasons, he is sent to the courtroom to prosecute once more.
  • Nahyuta Sahdmadhi - The main rival prosecutor in Spirit of Justice. A respected and well-traveled Khura'inese monk, his serene demeanor hides a sharp tongue. He despises defense attorneys and takes every opportunity to throw a wide variety of insults at them. However, his antagonistic relationship with the Defiant Dragons rebel faction hides a secret underneath the surface.
  • Miles Edgeworth - Phoenix's old friend and rival from the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy. He is the Chief Prosecutor during the events of Dual Destinies and Spirit of Justice, and orchestrates certain events both openly and behind the scenes to help Phoenix out. His high standing precludes him from taking on just any case like he used to, but that does not mean that the old rivalry is not tested in court from time to time.
  • Rayfa Padma Khura'in - The 14-year-old Royal Priestess of Khura'in, who is in charge of performing the Divination Séance. Because the Defense Culpability Act predates her birth, the interpretation of the Séance to pass judgment unchallenged is the only kind of courtroom procedure that she knows.
  • Athena Cykes - The third lawyer to join the Wright Anything Agency. She is a hard-working individual who earned her credentials in law and analytical psychology at a young age. She possesses a special ability to hear subtle emotional fluctuations from the voices of others, and uses the Mood Matrix to examine them. Introduced and most prominently featured in Dual Destinies, she joins the Agency in the hopes of introducing a fresh perspective to the courts using psychology, but her real connection to the dark age of the law becomes more apparent as the game progresses.
  • Ema Skye - The main detective character in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney and Spirit of Justice, originating in the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney episode Rise from the Ashes. She enters the story as a normal detective, having failed in her dream to become a forensic scientist, and is subsequently moodier and less friendly than she used to be. However, she manages to sneak in forensic investigations when she can. She tends to provide various forensic tools for the lawyers at the Wright Anything Agency to use.

Gameplay[]

This trilogy collection boasts even more features in addition to those found in Chronicles:

  • The games all have translations and voice dubs in French, German, Korean, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese, overseen by Janet Hsu and Chester Lee, Capcom's Asian Languages Lead.[1]
  • The Orchestra Hall is a menu containing most of the in-game soundtracks and 14 orchestral concert tracks from Gyakuten Saiban 15th Anniversary Orchestra Concert and Gyakuten Saiban Orchestra Concert 2019 for a total of 175 tracks, featuring a band with Athena Cykes, Phoenix Wright, Apollo Justice, and Trucy Wright as characters playing the music.
  • The Art Library is a collection of character designs, art pieces, and animated clips, including the prologue of Spirit of Justice, previously only available on social media platforms.
  • The Animation Studio allows players to play around with character model animations, background music, and voice lines to create custom scenes.

Game-specific[]

  • Several features in Dual Destinies and Spirit of Justice have been backported to Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney:
    • the backlog system, which now shows the current text box at the bottom in all three games, where it originally did not;
    • a chapter select menu;
    • the option of retrying from the last scene after getting a Game Over, the sole exception being the special "guilty" ending in Turnabout Succession;
    • the use of Sam Riegel's voice acting of English language speech bubbles for Phoenix Wright instead of those by Ben Judd.
  • The anime cutscenes in Dual Destinies are now fully subtitled and can be skipped.
  • The Confidence Gauge used in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney and Dual Destinies is visually divided up into 20% chunks through the use of thin lines.
  • A warning displayed at the beginning of the game states that the contents of the game has been preserved as is at time of release, likely forewarning elements which may seem outdated or carry unintended implications in 2024. While this is true for the most part, the game's script and contents has undergone a number of alterations for modern sensitivity purposes:
    • The entire reveal regarding Robin Newman's apparent "cross-dressing" habits and gender is almost entirely rewritten from the ground up. Athena Cykes no longer holds mischievous delight from Robin liking "girl's clothes", and instead from Robin liking "Juniper's clothes". Likewise, there is more focus put on Robin's "big secret" being that Robin is jealous of Juniper Woods's good looks, as opposed to "his" secret being his cross-dressing habits, thereby pulling back on how "shocking" the concept of "his" cross-dressing is considered. The dialogue for several of the wrong options for Robin's "big secret" have also been re-written, putting emphasis on Robin's struggle being a conflict with personal "self-image", as apposed to a conflict with "being a boy".
    • A reference to Harry Potter was removed.
    • The evidence icon used to display the "generic culprit" silhouette was changed from the typical dark-black to green whenever it is being associated with the character Marlon Rimes.

Error[]

This release fixes many of the errors present in the original game scripts, but also introduces one in Turnabout Succession. While Spark Brushel is being perceived with the bracelet, Apollo Justice says, "You're hiding something... about his talent!" Spark Brushel's mouth animates during this line, as if he is the one talking.

Accolades[]

Like the other compilations that preceded it, the Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy contains multiple achievements for players to earn as they play the three games, called Accolades in the corresponding in-game list. Here is a list of all the Accolades the player can get:

  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney: For being awarded all other accolades
  • Turnabout Trump: For completion of Episode 1 of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney from its opening chapter
  • Turnabout Corner: For completion of Episode 2 of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney from its opening chapter
  • Turnabout Serenade: For completion of Episode 3 of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney from its opening chapter
  • Turnabout Succession: For completion of Episode 4 of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney from its opening chapter
  • Turnabout Countdown: For completion of Episode 1 of of Dual Destinies from its opening chapter
  • The Monstrous Turnabout: For completion of Episode 2 of Dual Destinies from its opening chapter
  • Turnabout Academy: For completion of Episode 3 of Dual Destinies from its opening chapter
  • The Cosmic Turnabout: For completion of Episode 4 of Dual Destinies from its opening chapter
  • Turnabout for Tomorrow: For completion of Episode 5 of Dual Destinies from its opening chapter
  • Turnabout Reclaimed: For completion of the Special Episode of Dual Destinies from its opening chapter
  • The Foreign Turnabout: For completion of Episode 1 of Spirit of Justice from its opening chapter
  • The Magical Turnabout: For completion of Episode 2 of Spirit of Justice from its opening chapter
  • The Rite of Turnabout: For completion of Episode 3 of Spirit of Justice from its opening chapter
  • Turnabout Storyteller: For completion of Episode 4 of Spirit of Justice from its opening chapter
  • Turnabout Revolution: For completion of Episode 5 of Spirit of Justice from its opening chapter
  • Turnabout Time Traveler: For completion of the Special Episode of Spirit of Justice from its opening chapter
  • Stylish Threads: For playing the game in any one of the available costumes
  • Opening Objection!: For having presented evidence during your first cross-examination
  • Forensics Expert: For having performed every forensic technique at least once in all three games
  • Trucy's Woes: For having learned about Trucy's monthly allowance in Episode 3 of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
  • One Jurist's Verdict: For choosing "Guilty" as the jurist in Episode 4 of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
  • School Days: For having presented Phoenix with the Themis Herald Extra in Episode 3 of Dual Destinies
  • The Problem with Love: For answering "Love" during Detective Fulbright's psyche-lock in Episode 4 of Dual Destinies
  • Birds on the Brain: For pressing DePlume and listening to Blackquill's take on what ought to be the featured attraction in the Special Episode of Dual Destinies
  • Betty's Life Choices: For choosing "Her life choices" during revisualization in Episode 2 of Spirit of Justice
  • A Rebellious Recipe: For having examined Dhurke's written order in the rebel hideout twice in Episode 3 of Spirit of Justice
  • Foot, Meet Mouth: For having presented Trucy's notebook to Athena before returning it to Trucy in Episode 2 of Spirit of Justice
  • Always on the Defensive: For having examined the overturned urn in front of Inga's private quarters with Apollo and Athena in Episode 5 of Spirit of Justice
  • Ladders and Stepladders: For looking into the true nature of ladders and stepladders
  • Mr. Charley: For having thoroughly examined Charley, the houseplant
  • A Man of Many Hats: For having heard all about Apollo's situation at work

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Episode previews[]

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice

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