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The Mood Matrix is a program on Athena Cykes's computer nicknamed Widget, in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies that is hung around her neck as a necklace. Cykes has a special ability to pick up subtle emotional cues in the voices of other people. She uses the Mood Matrix to examine these cues while witnesses are giving their testimonies. This provides an alternative to the classical cross-examinations.
Widget uses a holographic screen that shows the emotions that a witness is experiencing while giving his or her testimony when the Mood Matrix program is being used. There are four faces at each corner of the screen, called "mood markers", representing happiness, anger, sadness and surprise. The goal is to find a mood marker activation that contradicts the testimony being given. When a conflicting emotion is found, the player touches "Pinpoint" (or presses the "L" button) and then selects the mood marker in question, causing Wright, Justice, or Cykes to yell "Got it!". As in cross-examinations, this yields new information.
While the Mood Matrix program is not being used, Widget takes on various expressions to reflect Cykes's mood, including the aforementioned mood markers.
When a detected emotion has a strong reading, it interrupts the signals of the other mood markers, thus removing them from the screen. The player must detect the source of the emotion using the images. Once the source is found, the player must touch the "Probe" button (or presses the "L" button) and point it out to calm down the witness.
- The program is called the "heart scope" (ココロスコープ, kokoro sukōpu, lit. "Heart Scope") in the Japanese version of the game, and the device's nickname is "Monita" （モニ太).
- "Monita" may be a play on "monitor", as the device projects a holographic screen. "Widget" is a term used for gadgets.
- The "Sad" marker may have come from the "Mr. Salty" logo on Guy Eldoon's noodle bowls.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Andrew Brown. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies Impressions. Nintendo World Report. Retrieved on 2013-06-23.
- ↑ Sato (2013-03-17). "Meet Ace Attorney 5′s Kizuki Kokone, Who Solves Cases By Listening To Hearts". Siliconera. Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
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