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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (逆転裁判 蘇る逆転 Gyakuten Saiban: Yomigaeru Gyakuten, lit. Turnabout Trial: Revived Turnabout) is the first game in the Ace Attorney series. It was originally released in Japan on Oct. 12, 2001 as a Game Boy Advance game under the name Gyakuten Saiban (逆転裁判, lit. Turnabout Trial). The original version of the game is split up into four episodes that follow the first four cases of rookie defense attorney Phoenix Wright.


The Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney logo.

The Nintendo DS remake, Gyakuten Saiban: Yomigaeru Gyakuten was released in Japan on September 15th, 2005 with an additional case. This remake was also localized, translated, and released internationally as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. This version uses the microphone and the touchscreen of the DS as alternatives to the button-based control methods from the original GBA game. For example, the player can select options by touching them like buttons, and the player can press witnesses or present evidence by holding Y and shouting "Objection!", "Hold it!" or "Take that!" into the microphone. The Japanese versions have dual language options in Japanese and English, and the European version has translations for multiple European languages.

The game was brought to the Nintendo Wii as a downloadable title via WiiWare; its build based upon the 2006 European DS release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. It was released in Japan on December 15, 2009, and in the US on January 11, 2010, consisting of the first four cases with Rise from the Ashes was released separately on March 16, 2010 in Japan, and on May 24, 2010 in the US. The releases cost 900 and 300 Nintendo Points respectively; for the US release, these costs were changed to 1000 and 100 Nintendo Points respectively.

The game has also been ported to the iOS and was released on May 24, 2010 in the App Store with all cases that were included in the DS edition. The game had a revamped control system, but was otherwise a straight port. The game is also featured as part of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy for the Nintendo 3DS, which includes the game along with the two other original trilogy titles.

Following Tokyo Game Show 2018, a port of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy was announced for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Steam, and Xbox One.


  1. The First Turnabout (はじめての逆転 Hajimete no Gyakuten): In his first case as a defense attorney, Phoenix Wright, with the help of his mentor Mia Fey, defends Wright's childhood friend Larry Butz after he is accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend.
  2. Turnabout Sisters (逆転姉妹 Gyakuten Shimai): Mia Fey is murdered and her younger sister, Maya, is accused of the crime. Wright must clear her name while facing the infamous Miles Edgeworth in court.
  3. Turnabout Samurai (逆転のトノサマン Gyakuten no Tonosaman): Wright and Maya defend Will Powers, the star of a hit kids' T.V. show, on the charge of murdering the actor who played the villain.
  4. Turnabout Goodbyes (逆転、そしてサヨナラ Gyakuten, Soshite Sayonara): Edgeworth is accused of murder and Wright finds himself defending him against the legendary prosecutor Manfred von Karma and investigating the DL-6 Incident.
  5. Rise from the Ashes (蘇る逆転 Yomigaeru Gyakuten): Chief Prosecutor Lana Skye is accused of killing police detective Bruce Goodman. Although claiming to have done it, Wright agrees to take on her case nonetheless after being asked by Lana's younger sister Ema. Was added in the DS remake and features forensic investigation techniques that use the touchscreen and microphone exclusively.

Main characters[]

Clockwise from left: Miles Edgeworth, Mia Fey, Maya Fey, & Phoenix Wright.

  • Phoenix Wright is a rookie defense attorney who is the main character and playable protagonist of the game.
  • Maya Fey is Wright's second client and Mia's younger sister. After the events of Turnabout Sisters she becomes his defense aide. She is a spirit medium-in-training who is able to channel Mia after her death in Turnabout Sisters.
  • Miles Edgeworth is the main antagonist for most of the game. He prosecutes against Wright in Turnabout Sisters, Turnabout Samurai and Rise from the Ashes. He is also Wright's client in Turnabout Goodbyes.
  • Mia Fey is Wright's mentor and acts as his defense counsel during The First Turnabout. Despite being murdered in Turnabout Sisters, she continues to help Wright out of tight spots via the channeling abilities of her younger sister Maya.
  • Dick Gumshoe is the bumbling detective in charge of the latter four episodes.
  • Larry Butz is a childhood friend of Wright and his first client.
  • Winston Payne is the prosecutor in The First Turnabout.
  • The nameless judge presides over all of Wright's trials in the game.
  • Manfred von Karma is the prosecutor and antagonist in Turnabout Goodbyes.
  • Ema Skye is Wright's defense aide in Rise from the Ashes. She aspires to be a forensic investigator someday and loves forensic investigation. She introduces and explains the final case's DS-exclusive investigative techniques.

Characters by episode[]

The First Turnabout[]

  • Larry Butz (debut)
  • Mia Fey (debut)
  • The judge (debut)
  • Winston Payne (debut)
  • Phoenix Wright (debut)
  • Frank Sahwit (debut): a newspaper salesman and key witness
  • Cindy Stone (exclusive): Butz's ex-girlfriend and the victim of murder

Turnabout Sisters[]

  • Mia Fey
  • The judge
  • Phoenix Wright
  • Bellboy (debut): a member of staff at the Gatewater Hotel
  • Miles Edgeworth (debut)
  • Maya Fey (debut)
  • Marvin Grossberg (debut): a veteran defense attorney who was Mia's mentor
  • Dick Gumshoe (debut)
  • April May (exclusive): a flirtatious young woman
  • Redd White (exclusive): head of information gathering conglomerate Bluecorp
  • Misty Fey (allusions): Maya and Mia's long missing mother

Turnabout Samurai[]

Turnabout Goodbyes[]

  • Larry Butz
  • Maya Fey
  • Mia Fey
  • The judge
  • Miles Edgeworth
  • Marvin Grossberg
  • Dick Gumshoe
  • Phoenix Wright
  • Lotta Hart (debut): a fiery young woman looking for the lake monster "Gourdy"
  • Manfred von Karma (debut)
  • Robert Hammond (exclusive): the victim who was the defense attorney for the DL-6 Incident
  • Polly (debut): a pet parrot belonging to Yanni Yogi
  • Yanni Yogi (exclusive): the suspect in the DL-6 Incident
  • Misty Fey (allusions)
  • Gregory Edgeworth (allusions): father to Miles Edgeworth, veteran defense attorney, and the victim in the DL-6 Incident

Rise from the Ashes[]

  • The judge
  • Miles Edgeworth
  • Dick Gumshoe
  • Phoenix Wright
  • Mike Meekins (debut): a young and overly-excitable police officer
  • Ema Skye (debut)
  • Damon Gant (exclusive): the extroverted district Chief of Police
  • Bruce Goodman (exclusive): a police detective found murdered
  • Jake Marshall (exclusive): a police officer obsessed with the wild west
  • Lana Skye (exclusive): Chief Prosecutor, Ema Skye's older sister, and the defendant
  • Angel Starr (exclusive): a lunch box saleswoman with two sides to her personality
  • Joe Darke (allusions): a deceased spree killer who was convicted for the SL-9 Incident
  • Neil Marshall (allusions): deceased prosecutor, Jake Marshall's younger brother, and a victim in the SL-9 Incident.


Gyakuten Saiban 1[]

The game's English language title screen.

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Gyakuten Saiban: Yomigaeru Gyakuten)[]

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Related soundtracks[]

  • ​There is an additional unused track in the game which can only be found inside the game's ROM. This track is not found anywhere else and can be listened to here. It is considered to be an early version of the music piece, "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Ending".



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