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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (アルティメット マーヴル VS. カプコン3, Arutimetto Māvuru bāsasu Kapukon Surī) is a crossover fighting game developed by Capcom that is an updated version of Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. After the events of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami disrupted the development schedule for downloadable content for the original game, the additional content was made into a standalone title for a discount retail price. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was released in November 2011 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and was a launch title for the PlayStation Vita.

Phoenix Wright is among the characters added since the previous version, with Maya Fey, the judge and Missile featuring as some of Wright's attacks. Wright was originally planned to be a downloadable character for Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, but this never came to fruition. Despite this, both Wright and Miles Edgeworth did make a cameo appearance during She-Hulk's ending.

Phoenix Wright

Main article: Phoenix Wright
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Wright's character icon.

Fighting style


Wright using a "Hold It!" attack.

Phoenix Wright was confirmed as a playable character in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 when a character profile image of him was accidentally uploaded onto the game's website.[1] On October 13, 2011, Wright was officially revealed and three video trailers featuring in-game footage of the defense attorney were released.[2]

Unlike the other characters in the game, Wright does not actually fight directly, instead fighting by searching and throwing evidence, rummaging and throwing papers, and sneezing at his opponents (a reference to the cold he had when he was on trial as a student) as a launcher. He has three styles of "combat" to switch from. "Investigation Mode" is focused on finding clues to use against his foes in court, which is represented by three document folders. While searching, Wright can either find legitimate evidence or junk, which can be thrown away, with each individual piece of evidence having its own special effects, such as varieties of projectiles or even pieces of meat that can be used to restore health. Wright can call on Maya Fey as an Assist to protect him while he searches for evidence. Missile can also be used as a throw, as well as an Assist, when one of Wright's teammates is fighting instead. "Trial Mode" is a more combat oriented style. Interjection speech bubbles are also used as attacks that can stun Wright's opponent if they connect three times in a row. Once Wright has gathered three viable clues, he can go into his third mode, "Turnabout Mode", by connecting with his Questioning. Upon doing so, the current stage's background music changes to the Pursuit theme, Wright's special attacks become much more powerful, he has access to his signature finger pointing which releases ghostly pointing fingers that possesses juggling abilities, his projectiles become faster and stronger, and he becomes able to use his Level 3 Hyper Combo: "Ace Attorney". For this attack (tied with Vergil's Dark Angel as one of the strongest Hyper Combos in the game), Wright accuses his opponent until they breakdown, dealing massive damage. His Level 1 Hyper Combos include "Steel Samurai Maya Smelting!", which summons Maya to charge towards his opponent while wildly flailing her arms, and "Order in the Court" which summons the nightmare judge to smash both Wright and his opponent with his gavel (altough only the opponent recieves damage). Being hit with the gavel will knock Wright back into Investigation Mode if he is currently in Courtroom Mode.

When playing in the game's "Simple" mode, Wright will only have access to the Investigation and Courtroom Modes and cannot collect any sort of evidence, therefore locking out Turnabout Mode, and his Ace Attorney Hyper Combo. However, Wright makes up for this by still having access to his other two Hyper Combos ("Steel Samurai Maya Smelting" in Investigation Mode, and "Order in the Court" in Courtroom Mode), whereas other characters only have access to the one in Simple mode.

After beating the game with Wright, the ending shows him in court defending the game's antagonist, Galactus (who, comically, is too large for the courtroom and requests a change of venue). She-Hulk can be seen at the prosecution's bench with, rather oddly, Maya Fey beside her. The ending can be viewed here.

Alternative costumes

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All of Wright's alternative costumes in the game (including the silver version when used as a Herald in "Heroes and Heralds Mode").

As is standard with fighting games, Wright has a number of alternative costumes he can wear, the color schemes of which are which are all references to other characters, namely Miles Edgeworth, Dick Gumshoe, Larry Butz, Godot, and Sissel from Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective. Each character in the game was also given a downloadable costume that more extensively changes the character's appearance. For Wright, this is his "Feenie" outfit from his time at college.

Maya Fey

Main article: Maya Fey

Maya appears as some of Phoenix Wright's attacks and also as one of his Level 1 Hyper Combos, in which she runs forward whilst flailing her arms wildly with a barrage of punches that pushes Wright's opponent back. She also appears during Wright's intro to hand him his papers and reappears if Wright wins to shower him in confetti.

When the player chooses an alternative costume for Wright, Maya's color scheme also changes. Like Wright, her color schemes are references to other characters, namely Mia Fey, Franziska von Karma, Maggey Byrde (or Maya herself in her Trés Bien waitress uniform), Kay Faraday, and Lynne from Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective.

Maya's corresponding color scheme for Wright's downloadable costume appears to be based either on Iris's outfit, or on Ema Skye's outfit when she was a teenager.


Main article: Missile

Missile appears as Wright's throw. As one of Wright's assist attacks, Missile is sent charging forward low to the ground damaging anyone he comes into contact with, and in both of Wright's throws he charges in from either side of the screen (depending on the direction of the throw) to hit the enemy just as Wright dodges to the side.

Missile also changes his color scheme depending on the costume Wright is wearing. Each alternative color scheme is based on those of Amaterasu, a canine character who is originally from the action-adventure game Ōkami and is another Capcom fighter in the game.[3] Three of the Amaterasu color schemes themselves may be based on some of the Canine Warriors from Ōkami, namely Gi/Take (blue/grey), Chu/Hayabusa (dark brown), and Jin/Ume (pink). The stone-like color scheme appears to be based on Amaterasu's appearance if the ninth "karmic transformer" item earned from beating Ōkami is used.

Missile's corresponding color scheme for Wright's downloadable costume is based on Amaterasu's downloadable costume, which is itself based on Jon Talbain, a werewolf character from Capcom's Darkstalkers series.

The judge

Main article: Judge

The judge appears as one of Phoenix Wright's Level 1 Hyper Combos during "Courtroom Mode", "Order in the Court", in which a shadowy giant version of himself (similar to his appearance in Wright's nightmare in The Lost Turnabout) appears while saying, "Order in the court!" He then smashes his gavel down on Wright and his opponent while saying, "Objection overruled!" While both battling characters are knocked down by this, only Wright's opponent takes damage, although Wright is knocked out of "Courtroom Mode" back to "Investigation Mode". All irrelevant evidence that Wright had collected during "Investigation Mode" will be lost, although relevant evidence will remain on the evidence bar. This move allows the quick disposable of such irrelevant evidence without wasting time removing it manually, with the added bonus of dealing damage to the opponent.

Heroes and Heralds Mode

Franziska von Karma, Godot and Miles Edgeworth all appear as ability cards in the "Heroes and Heralds Mode", a free downloadable mode that was not present in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds.

Other Ace Attorney references

The Steel Samurai, from the Ace Attorney universe's The Steel Samurai: Warrior of Neo Olde Tokyo television show, also makes a cameo appearance in the game. When the character Hsien-Ko makes her entrance onto a stage, cameo items can fall out of her sleeves. One such possible item is a statue of the Steel Samurai similar to the one seen in Miles Edgeworth's office. This can be seen near the start of one of Strider Hiryu's gameplay trailers, which can be seen here. The same statue also appears as one of the possible pieces of "junk" evidence Wright can pick up while searching the ground for clues.


Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars


Wright's in-game model.

  • Phoenix Wright and Franziska von Karma were originally supposed to be playable characters in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars. However, Wright had only one notable move, his "Objection!" In-game, the attack would create the Objection! speech bubble, which would attack opponents. The main reason Wright was ultimately cut was that localization would enlarge the Objection! attack, going from four to ten characters, making the move impossible to avoid and creating serious balancing issues. [4]


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